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The Fish the Fighters and the Song-Girl (Sacred Band of Stepsons: Sacred Band Tales Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Janet Morris , Chris Morris
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New blood and old warriors face unforeseen challenges as one war ends in triumph and another conflict looms. Stories you'll love to hear again and stories you've been hoping to hear for the first time in a brand-new Sacred Band anthology that takes the Stepsons where they've never been before...

Tales of risk and glory, past, present and future, among the Sacred Band of Stepsons cavalry in The Fish the Fighter and the Song-girl, the second Sacred Band anthology:

Tempus and his Sacred Band won the battle of their dreams, but now the time has come to count the cost and face the consequences in fifteen tales, old and new, of the iconic Sacred Band of Stepsons, including the last six classic Sacred Band stories from the million-copy bestselling shared universe of Thieves' World® and nine new adventures.


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The team of Janet Morris and Chris Morris once again grace us with another excellent anthology of Homeric Heroic Fantasy, featuring Tempus, Niko and their Sacred Band of Stepsons. This collection takes place after the Morris' masterpiece, The Sacred Band, and gives us more of the history of the Sacred Band as Tempus takes his Stepsons and Thebans north, a world away, into unexplored regions and a mythic country. Though they are courageous, these fighters, they are no strangers to fear. Though they are warriors, hard and tough, they are not immune to love and compassion, to decency and common humanity. And though the gods at times play their part, there is never a chance that Deus ex machina will overwhelm these wonderful characters and seize control of the stories. In fact, at times it seems that the gods are really no match for the human and mortal characters. As in Greek mythology, which is the heart and soul of all the tales of the Sacred Band, the gods are as weak, as fallible, as jealous, and as imperfect as mortals - and sometimes even more so.
The Fish, the Fighters and the Song Girl is a highly intelligent and extremely complex collection of tales that reads very much like a novel, and is built on a large and strong cast of characters who live and breathe, sweat and bleed. We meet new characters and revisit old, familiar ones. And, while we travel through unknown territory with Tempus, Niko and the Sacred Band, most of these stories are centered in good old Sanctuary®, where war is brewing  over control of that infamous town of rogues and thieves, whores and priests, mages and mercenaries. -- Review in Black Gate, May 25, 2014.

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  • File Size: 857 KB
  • Print Length: 403 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985166835
  • Publisher: Perseid Publishing (April 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007VQIJFY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,141 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Skillful word-weaving October 31, 2014
Format:Paperback
The Sacred Band is leaving Sanctuary just when that hellhole of a town needs defenders. A ragged thief named Zip leads a group of rebels against Sanctuary’s invaders, yet he’s unlikely to succeed on his own. Tempus has led his Stepsons and Thebans north, leaving Sanctuary to sink or swim on its own. Along the way, the Band tell each other tales of former exploits while contending with new and frightening supernatural adversaries such as the Sphinx. Wraiths visit Band members while they dream, bringing sickness and a sleep that won’t end. Can Cassander, Band healer, aid his warrior comrades?

This novel contains all our favorite characters while introducing new ones. I was pleased to see two female fighters join the Sacred Band. The stand-out quote for me in this collection was: “Nothing walks the earth more savage than a mare enraged.” As an incurable lover of all things horse, this quote for me epitomized the deep understanding Janet Morris has of horses. Her novels contain many references to the use of horses in war, and bad things inevitably happen. Yet she deals with the subject in a sensitive and knowledgeable way, and without compromise. Her characters rely on their horses; love their horses; fight alongside their horses; and sometimes, watch their horses die. Her skillful word-weaving has me laughing, crying, despairing and celebrating along with them. You can’t ask more than that from an author.

Highly recommended by Cas Peace, author of the Artesans of Albia fantasy series.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Ride with The Sacred Band on some of its most harrowing missions yet. Sanctuary,the city of thieves, and backwater of the Rankan Empire, has become beset by strange fish-folk invaders from across the sea called The Beysib. An enigmatic Song-Girl foretells of strife and woe, and Sanctuary is torn apart by rival political factions all warring for control of the city. To make matters worse, Tempus Thales decides to lead his Sacred Band out of the city they have sworn to protect, just when it needs them the most. What will befall the denizens of Sanctuary when the Sacred Band, and even the gods have abandoned them? Meanwhile, virtually all the powers of magic have burnt themselves out in a conflagration of sorcerous fire by the Nisibisi witch, Roxane, know as Death's Queen. Will the Popular Front for the Liberation of Sanctuary and it's leader, Zip, free the city from its exotic oppressors? And what new adventures await The Sacred Band outside of Sanctuary?
You'll definitly want to read this latest epic saga of the Sacred Band of Stepsons to find out.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MORE CLASSIC TALES OF THE SACRED BAND May 24, 2014
Format:Paperback
The team of Janet Morris and Chris Morris once again grace us with another excellent anthology of Homeric Heroic Fantasy, featuring Tempus, Niko and their Sacred Band of Stepsons. This collection takes place after the Morris’ masterpiece, The Sacred Band, and gives us more of the history of the Sacred Band as Tempus takes his Stepsons and Thebans north, a world away, into unexplored regions and a mythic country. Though they are courageous, these fighters, they are no strangers to fear. Though they are warriors, hard and tough, they are not immune to love and compassion, to decency and common humanity. And though the gods at times play their part, there is never a chance that Deus ex machina will overwhelm these wonderful characters and seize control of the stories. In fact, at times it seems that the gods are really no match for the human and mortal characters. As in Greek mythology, which is the heart and soul of all the tales of the Sacred Band, the gods are as weak, as fallible, as jealous, and as imperfect as mortals – and sometimes even more so.
The Fish, the Fighters and the Song Girl is a highly intelligent and extremely complex collection of tales that reads very much like a novel, and is built on a large and strong cast of characters who live and breathe, sweat and bleed. We meet new characters and revisit old, familiar ones. And, while we travel through unknown territory with Tempus, Niko and the Sacred Band, most of these stories are centered in good old Sanctuary®, where war is brewing between the empire of Ranke and the Beysibs of Harka Bey over control of that infamous town of rogues and thieves, whores and priests, mages and mercenaries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Live in myth, and listen to the song of the siren December 30, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Finding myself in the Sanctuary again, I am excited to reunite with a large cast of characters, some of whom I followed in previous books by these amazing authors, Janet mMorris and Chris Morris. From the compiletely imagined universe surrounding this city, come mythical stories that heighten the courage of the characters and the ways they face their challenges. Led by Tempus, a mercenary general, you too would awaken to the call of mission and the harrowing risk of violence, even death: "Tempus... was knee-deep in the bloody purges marking the first winter of Theron's accession to the Rankan throne when the sky above the walled city began to weep black tears."

Articulated knowledge of weaponry is seamlessly woven into the text, "Zip did what he had to do: let fly with a palmed dagger and then a specially pronged slingshot missile." Also, horse-riding is described in an intimate manner that puts you right there, in the saddle: "The fire was a little out of control and his horse had to leap hot flames...Men yelled and squirted water on themselves and their mounts as they let flaming arrows fly and urged skittish horses..."

Every character has a complexity: take Roxane, dubbed Death's Queen. Once she had been nearly all-powerful--until she fell in love with Niko, a mortal and a Sacred Bander, and paid the ancient price. She had to give up immortality to love a mortal who wasn't capable of appreciating such a gift.

There is no way I can encompass all these stories in a single review, as they are richly described and lyrically painted, just as the title suggests. I can only say that this is an opportunity to live in myth, and listen to the song of the siren.

Five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars and The Fish the Fighters and the Song-Girl is a another great...
What can I say I'm a fan of the Greek mythology, which is the heart and soul of all the tales of the Sacred Band, and The Fish the Fighters and the Song-Girl is a another great... Read more
Published 2 months ago by The junkie reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous
"The Fish the Fighters and the Song-Girl", by Jannet Morris, is fabulous. It is marvelously well written. Not only that, but it has already received world-wide acclaim. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Thomas Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, Im a HUGE fan of janet morris and this book was A++++
Loved it, Im a HUGE fan of janet morris and this book was A++++
Published 4 months ago by The Honest Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Great book of anthologies. Looking forward to read more from this author.
Published 5 months ago by Xunaira
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Worth reading.
Great book. Worth reading.
Published 5 months ago by Jonny
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Riveting!
This anthology of fantasy, myth, and the brotherhood is simply wonderful. I'm a big fan of the Sacred Band of Stepsons and this certainly didn't disappoint!
Published 5 months ago by Dianne Harman
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fish the Fighters and the Song-Girl contains 15 amazing stories of...
Wow. I've called Janet's books "epic" before but this anthology is even more deserving of the praise. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
The cover of this book drew me in right away and I felt that the premise was quite unique. A nice mythological type story and a very enjoyable read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Girl And Dogs Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding as always
As expected I was on the edge of my seat when the Sacred Band left the Sanctuary and not at the best of timing, just as they might have been needed to defended it against the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Avid reader
4.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting Challenge
This one has a really strong cast of characters. A bit of a new challenge for me to read, but I was intrigued, and that's all that matters for me. Read more
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