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Book 1, Percheron

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In Percheron the Zar dies and Boaz, the young son of Herezah, the old Zar's wife and Absolute Favourite, takes power. Ambitious and scheming, Herezah arranges for her son's rivals to be disposed of and oversees the assembly of a new harem. One of its number is Ana, who enters a world where she wants for nothing except her freedom. Ana's only friends are Lazar, the secretive and eligible Spur of Percheron, and a seemingly insane dwarf called Pez. Her attempt at escape, after undergoing a brutal Test of Virtue, sets in motion forces beyond anyone's control ... Even more mysterious is the rising of Iridor, heralding a new cycle in the war of faith that will enmesh them all in a deadly battle between gods.

From Publishers Weekly

11 December 2006 – A magnificent setting distinguishes this first of a new fantasy\t\t trilogy from McIntosh (The Quickening), who\t\t imbues the city-state of Percheron with many attributes of Constantinople under\t\t the Ottoman Turks. Joreb, the zar (or ruler) of Percheron, is well served by\t\t his military leader, the handsome Lazar, who fought his way to freedom from\t\t slavery. When Joreb dies an untimely death, Boaz Joreb's 15-year-old son by\t\t his beautiful, intelligent and ambitious first wife becomes zar. But not even\t\t Lazar or Pez, a dwarf jester whom nearly everyone thinks is mad, can shield\t\t young Boaz from the cruel necessities of ruling Percheron. (McIntosh, who\t\t doesn't stint on depicting the brutality of slaughter, includes a disturbing\t\t castration scene.) Meanwhile, gods and goddesses feud, a new odalisque joins\t\t the harem, and a neighboring kingdom threatens invasion. While the author\t\t leaves the culture's religious aspects undeveloped, strong characters and an\t\t enticing plot bode well for future installments.

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Fiona McIntosh is without question my favourite author of all time. She has a wonderful way of melding passion, violence, character and gripping plot in every one of her stories, with the percheron series being no exception!

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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Published: 01 September 2010
  • Publisher: Voyager
  • Seller: HarperCollins Australia Pty Limited
  • Print Length: 576 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Percheron
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