The Warrior's Tale (The Far Kingdoms, Book 2)
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by Allan Cole, Chris Bunch
Description: In a stunning sequel to The Far Kingdoms, fantasy, feminism, and feats of breathtaking wonder blend masterfully in the hands of authors who "celebrate the spirit of adventure" (Locus). In this outing, the authors of the Sten series turn their attention to Amalric Antero's warrior sister, Rali -- captain of the all woman Marinon Guard. Adventure abounds as Rali and her soldier sail uncharted seas, searching for the Archon, or sorcerer, who is determined to destroy them and their beloved city of Orissa.
eBook Publisher: Wildside Press, 1994 USA
eBookwise Release Date: February 2010
8 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [855 KB]
Reading time: 572-800 min.
"What might have been a standard nautical fantasy patterned on the Odyssey reveals itself to be a charmingly subversive lesbian feminist romp about a group of women warriors who battle wizards, demons, pirates and sexism on land and at sea. Narrator Captain Rali Emilie Antero of the Maranon Guards is in charge of a legion of women who train rabidly, fight ferociously and swear off sex with men. Typically, they've been forced to stay home in Orissa and be showpiece soldiers, but after they disembowel a raging demon in front of the entire city, they are awarded a place of honor in the upcoming battle with the rival city of Lycanth. Adventure abounds as the women sail uncharted seas, searching for the Archon, or sorceror, who is determined to destroy them and rule the world. This lighthearted novel (sequel to The Far Kingdoms; Rali is the sister of that novel's hero) turns several of the standard fantasy conventions topsy-turvy. There's the twist, for example, by which Rali, after heroically saving a local princess from drowning, enters into a sweaty romance with her-just one more winsome moment in a book brimming with whopping good fun. Author tour." -- Publishers Weekly
"As commander of the all-female Maranon Guard, Rali Emilie Antero must defend the city of Orissa. When sorcerous magics threaten the city, Antero receives orders to pursue the malevolent wizard across uncharted seas, returning only when her quarry is defeated. The Odyssey-like voyage of Antero and her companions lends a picaresque quality to this sequel to The Far Kingdoms (Ballantine, 1994). While not graphic or gratuitous, the authors' forthright portrayal of lesbian relationships may limit the audience for this fast-moving and involving fantsy adventure. Recommended." -- Library Journal