Mystic and Rider
Gillengaria seethes with unrest. In the south, hostility toward magic and its users has risen to a dangerous level, though King Baryn has ordered that such mystics are to be tolerated. It is whispered that he issued the decree because his new wife used her magic powers to ensnare him… The King... show more
Gillengaria seethes with unrest. In the south, hostility toward magic and its users has risen to a dangerous level, though King Baryn has ordered that such mystics are to be tolerated. It is whispered that he issued the decree because his new wife used her magic powers to ensnare him… The King knows there are those in the noble Twelve Houses who could use this growing dissent to overthrow him. So he dispatches the mystic Senneth to assess the threat throughout the realm. Accompanying her is a motley band of magic-users and warriors including Tayse, first among the King’s Riders—who holds a hard view of mystics in general, and Senneth in particular. But as the unlikely allies venture farther into the south, they will face death in a land under the sway of a fanatical cult that would purge Gillengaria of all magic users. And they will come to realize that their only hope of survival lies in standing together…
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: February 28th 2006
Publisher: Ace Books
Pages no: 421
Edition language: English
Series: Twelve Houses (#1)
The book's writing, characters and world building deserve 5 stars but I only enjoyed it like 3 stars worth-I don't know why it was a great book!
I'm giving this book a relatively low score because this first one struck me as a rather generic Sword and Sorcery. The backdrop is faux pseudo-European. The King's Riders reminded me of Lackey's Heralds (albeit without the magical trappings) and as for the dilemma of the mystics? I can't agree with...
Mystic & Rider is the first book in Sharon Shinn's Twelve Houses series. I was drawn in right from the start. Having read her Samaria series I knew I could expect a well crafted story. What I got was that and more. This series is a tale of a kingdom where magic is frequently equated with evil and ev...
This was a great book. It's one I'd like to read again. The only thing that made me decide to go for a four instead of a 5 star rating was that I felt the love story took too long to get to. For awhile, I thought it would never get there. Also, when the love story portion came into play, I didn't fe...
Wow. WOW. What a gorgeous book!I never thought I would enjoy fantasy so much. Well ok, the romance part helped a bit :) But it was so fascinating to see this illusional world full of so many details and looking so real, and all the main characters together, side by side, through good and the bad, on...