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The desert and the blade

by Stirling, S. M.,

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Crafton Public Library Adult - Fiction F STIRLING 2015 CRAFTON 9/15
Location  Crafton Public Library
Collection  Adult - Fiction
Call Number  F STIRLING 2015 CRAFTON 9/15
Monroeville Public Library Fiction STIRLING S. M.
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  STIRLING S. M.
In his Novels of the Change, New York Times bestselling author S.M. Stirling presents "a devastated, mystical world that will appeal to fans of traditional fantasy as well as post-apocalyptic SF."* Continuing their quest that began in The Golden Princess , two future rulers of a world without technology risk their lives seeking a fabled blade...

Reiko, Empress of Japan, has allied herself with Princess Órlaith, 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. Órlaith 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 with the Valley of Death, and the search will be far from easy. And war is building, in Montival and far beyond.

As Órlaith and Reiko encounter danger and wonder, Órlaith's mother, Queen Matildha, believes her daughter's alliance and quest has 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.

* Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Additional Information
Series Stirling, S. M. Novels of the Change.
#1 - The Golden princess
#2 - The Desert and the blade
#3 - Prince of outcasts
#4 - The Sea peoples
#5 - The Sky-blue wolves
Subjects Regression (Civilization) -- Fiction.
Quests (Expeditions) -- Fiction.
Princesses -- Fiction.
Swords -- Fiction.
Science fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Alternative histories (Fiction)
Publisher New York, New York :2015
Language English
Description viii, 612 pages : map ; 24 cm.
ISBN 9780451417350
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