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In a world where technology is magic, and war is the only way of life, Talyn is a soldier, one of thousands trained from childhood to protect her country from the monarchist Eastil, who would take away the personal freedoms of the Tonk.
Talyn long ago embraced her fate: to die in battle. This is a war of magic, not of swords, and the battles are fought deep inside the View, a place where the magic inherent in everything and everyone is actualized. The soldiers--on both sides--can bring this magic to the physical plane and use it to destroy houses, fields, and people.
But the Feegash came from across the world, and demanded to be allowed to negotiate peace between the Eastil and the Tonk for the sake of the rest of the world. Their success meant Talyn was out of a job, and at a loss for what to do with her life.
Rather than follow most of her fellow soldiers to jobs in other parts of the world, Talyn stayed with her family in her town--and there she is seduced by a Feegash diplomat. With him she experiences a dark side of herself that she hadn't even imagined, and learns a new kind of magery.
And she discovers the mistreatment of Eastil prisoners of war, still in Tonk hands, and weighs her life against saving theirs.
It's a matter of honor--and her honor will be challenged again and again as she slowly discovers that what the Feegash have brought with them was not peace but an overwhelming oppression, and an evil so insidious no one noticed it until it was too late.
But if Talyn can hone her use of the Feegash flesh-magery, she can turn their own magic back against them. With the help of one of the Eastil prisoners, she might be able to use it to save the Tonk and the Eastil, and defeat the Feegash once and for all... if it doesn't destroy her from the inside out first.
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Holly Lisle has been doing the pro novelist gig since 1992. Prior to that, she was an on-again, off-again missionaries' kid, high-school entrepreneur, and once past graduation, a newspaper ad rep, a sign-painter/commercial artist, the "window girl" at a McDonald's, a guitar teacher for absolute beginners, a singer at local restaurants, and because all of those together paid starvation wages, she went to nursing school the next year, and two years later was an RN.
For ten years.
She paid off her student loan the same year she got her first three-book contract, and...well...she's been writing for her supper ever since.
She is active online, providing courses teaching what she has discovered about writing fiction as well as maintaining her own weblog and website, HollyLisle.com. And with more than a million books in print via commercial publishers, she has now moved to publishing herself.
"Yet again, Holly Lisle creates a world and society that completely absorbs the reader. A lot of fantasy has been written about the destructive effects of war. I think this is the first tale I've ever read that admits that peace, too, can bring a devastation of its own. The Tonks are a well-realized culture, and the warrior class in particular is painted with a detail that brings the characters to life. Lisle presents an unflinching examination of relationships amidst this clash of societies. This is not your average fat fantasy book. This will be worth more than one read."--Robin Hobb on Talyn
"Fierce loyalties, foul magics and fresh plot twists abound in Holly Lisle's tale of love, war and possession." --Jacqueline Carey on Talyn
"Lisle seems to be an author unlikely to write a stupid or sloppy book."--Chicago Sun-Times
"It's always a delight to read [Lisle's] books." --S.L. Viehl
"Fierce loyalties, foul magics and fresh plot twists abound in Holly Lisle's tale of love, war and possession." (Jacqueline Carey)
"An unflinching examination of relationships admidst a clash of societies. This is not your average fat fantasy book." (Robin Hobb)
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Book Description Tor Books, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0765309939
Book Description Tor Books, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0765309939