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Product Details

  • Series: Outcast Chronicles (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Solaris (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781080119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781080115
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,162,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rowena Cory Daniells lives in Queensland, Australia, by the bay with her husband and has six children. She has devoted five years to studying each of these martial arts: Tae Kwon Do, Aikido and Iaido, the art of the Samurai Sword. She has supported the writing community by serving on the management committees of two Australian national genre awards, the Queensland Writers Centre, the Brisbane Writers Festival and Fantastic Queensland. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies including ‘Dreaming DownUnder’ which won World Best Fantasy and ‘Dreaming Again’. The first trilogy for Solaris The Chronicles of Kin Rolen's Kin became a best-seller in Europe in 2010 and much sought-after in the USA.

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Things are about to happen and I must read book 2!
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The violence isn't gratuitous but Daniells' skill in getting you to love characters and invest in them before she hurts them in front your eyes, is superlative.
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A great book with well written characters and a superb storyline.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada on July 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you enjoy stories laced with political scheming, you'll love Besieged. The world of The Outcast Chronicles contains two races, the true-men or Mieren and the T'En or Wyrds. There are many more true-men than T'En, mostly because the latter rarely breed true. Instead they bear the half-blood Malaunje, marked by mulberry eyes and six fingers and toes and copper hair. The T'En possess powerful mental gifts and the ability to interact with the empyrean plane and if necessary to battle its horrific monsters. These abilities, their difference in appearance and their longevity, the T'En are both feared and despised by the true-men and have largely retreated to their island stronghold called the Celestial City. Enough fodder for conflict there to start from. But Daniells doesn't leave it at that; there is trouble afoot in the true-men kingdoms as King Charald of Chalcedonia, a disturbed and cruel despot, sets out to conquer the world and create an empire. In addition, there is unrest in T'En society, a society split in Brotherhoods and Sisterhoods, where children have to be given up to the Sisterhoods to raise and only the boys are returned to the Brotherhoods after seventeen years. This division is due to the differences between the male and the female gifts, which can only clash or bind, unless they are rigidly suppressed and adult T'En avoid each other. At least, that is what the T'En believe to be the reason for the covenant, which regulates their lives. Everything in T'En society is about gaining stature, both individually and for the clan-like Brother- and Sisterhoods, which leads to scheming, conspiracy and violence.

To carry off all the politicking you need strong characters, who can lead the reader through the maze of differing sides and keep the storylines straight.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tehani Wessely on July 21, 2012
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Thoroughly enjoyed this. Though it took a little while to warm up, that was just the time it took to start to get to know the players! The world building is fabulous, the characters are excellent - I particularly liked the way sexuality (in a society where men and women mostly live separately) is handled. It's done naturally and believably. I also loved that Daniells was not afraid to jump swathes of time in order to get to the exciting parts, that worked very well for me. Highly recommend, although you might like to be sensible and buy all three (released one month apart) before starting, because you'll get to the end and REALLY want to keep going! Bring on book 2!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judy Goodwin on April 29, 2013
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I wanted to like this book, I really did. The cover art is gorgeous and that's what drew me in. I was disappointed, however, that it took so long for anything to really happen in the story. It also took a long time before I started to connect to any of the characters because the book begins before they really exist as viewpoint characters. I think I would have preferred that the book start with them at an age where they can think and feel and leave everything before that to flashback or backstory. The ending also is not an ending. I realize this is a series. but I detest cliffhanger endings. It felt more like a chapter ending than a book.

Even in cliffhanger endings like the end of "Empire Strikes Back" you have resolution--Luke Skywalker has been saved, his wounds have been healed, and Princess Leia is safe. There's still the issue of saving Han Solo, but it's a break in the action with plans being made for the next. If I were to compare this book's ending, it would be ending right as Lando flew them away from the city. It's missing that final closure scene.

So for all the length to actually get anywhere, I'm not really enticed into buying the next book. It was an okay read with some interesting concepts, a very interesting world and a lot of politics and maneuvering, but it's just not for me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LeaCTaylor on August 3, 2012
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I had bought this suitably-heavy book to tide me over several weeks of work-related travel. Much to my dismay (and delight) I couldn't put it down! I finished reading it in 3 glorious nights, and have just ordered my copy of the second book, Exile.

It reminds me of Game of Thrones, in that first book when everything was new and exciting - a vibrant world, motivated characters, and a mish-mash of societies poised on the brink of war. Anyone fascinated by anthropology or epic, world-changing stories would be enthralled by the depth and detail of Besieged.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amelializardo{Canada} on November 8, 2012
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First review I have bothered to write and I read quite a bit. This book is worth the effort. Much more complex than the average. Enjoyed the way the plots superimposed themselves. Reminded me of transparency photos you place one on top of the other to reveal something with unexpected. Ensured I was paying proper attention and not just skimming. I also enjoyed King Rolen Trilogy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Al Allison on September 24, 2012
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Besieged is a wonderful read and I couldn't put it down. The characters are full of life and breath. Detail to attention has been paid to even the smallest little thing and has pulled me into every page, every event, and I have become invested in the outcome of the heroes and heroines. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a refreshing new read full of amazing new places to escape to. I look forward to continuing the saga of the T'En and what the future might hold for them.
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