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Desert and the Blade

#12 Change

S. M. Stirling



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06 September 2016
Series: Change
Reiko, Empress of Japan, has allied herself with Princess Orlaith, heir to the High Kingdom of Montival, to find the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, the Grass-Cutting Sword, a legendary treasure of an ancient dynasty that confers valor and victory to its bearer. Orlaith understands all too well the power it signifies. Her own inherited blade, the Sword of the Lady, was both a burden and a danger to her father, Rudi Mackenzie, as it failed to save the king from being assassinated.

But the fabled sword lies deep within the Valley of Death, and the search will be far from easy. And war is building, in Montival and far beyond.

As Orlaith and Reiko encounter danger and wonder, Orlaith's mother, Queen Mathilda, believes her daughter's alliance and quest have endangered the entire realm. There are factions both within and without Montival whose loyalty died with the king, and whispers of treachery and war grow ever louder.

And the Malevolence that underlies the enemy will bend all its forces to destroy them.

Imprint:   ROC
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 191mm,  Width: 107mm,  Spine: 44mm
Weight:   531g
ISBN:   9780451417367
ISBN 10:   0451417364
Series:   Change
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Desert and the Blade (#12 Change)

<b>Praise for S.M. Stirling and his Novels of the Change</b> Nobody wrecks a world better than S. M. Stirling, and nobody does a better job of showing that people remain people, with all their high points and low, in the wreckage. --Harry Turtledove, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Joe Steele</i> Absorbing. --<i>San Diego Union-Tribune</i> [A] richly realized story of swordplay and intrigue. --<i>Entertainment Weekly</i>

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