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"Fresh and strong and full of energy!" --New York Times Bestselling Author R. A. Salvatore, author of Gauntlgrym: Neverwinter, Book I

"This is solid storytelling and spicy yarns. Once inside, you won't want to leave."
--Mike Freeman, author of The New York Times notable book Bloody Sundays

"This is a splendid book full of adventure and a sympathetic character in Willow. The story has heart and excitement. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves a rollicking good fantasy."
--Billie Sue Mosiman, author of Legions of the Dark

"I recommend [Prince of Bryanae] to anyone who enjoys a good story with nonstop action and suspense, combined with strong, memorable characters and an imaginative setting."
--Scotti Cohn, author of Liberty's Children

"... can make you both laugh and cry, and keeps you turning page after page ... as the story unfolds. Jeffrey Getzin has created a masterpiece with ... Prince of Bryanae."
    --Sabrina O'Malone, author of Prayers for the Working Mom

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VENGEANCE FROM THE PAST

After over a century of valiant service, the elven soldier Willow has buried her past so deeply that even she has forgotten it. But it hasn't forgotten her. Now old enemies have found her and have kidnapped the Prince of Bryanae before her very eyes! Considered by most of Bryanae to be a traitor and coward, Willow must confront her fears and plunge headlong into the heart of the enemy empire to rescue the Prince and return him safely home.

An army of fierce warriors stands in her way, led by the mad and seemingly immortal Warlord. Willow must use every resource at her disposal if she is to save the Prince, even if that means relying on the headstrong and lovesick Private Tamlevar, the inscrutable winged mage Suel, or the dashing but devious Captain Snyde.

Willow has been honing her combat and weaponry skills for over 150 years. Now it is time to put that practice to good use. The fates of four races and two kingdoms hang in the balance.
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Product Details

  • Series: Bryanae Series
  • Paperback: 458 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451525753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451525755
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,997,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jeffrey Getzin graduated from Clark University where he won the Loring Holmes and Ruth Dodd Drama Contest for an original one-act play. He has a master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Jeffrey recently developed software for Google in New York City, and now works for Flatiron Health, and lives in New Jersey with his long-time girlfriend Kate and a seemingly infinite number of cats.

Jeffrey is a lifelong practitioner of various martial arts, and currently holds a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu under Renzo Gracie black belt Jamie Cruz and has trained in Muay Thai under legendary fighter Kaensak Sor Ploenjit. He currently trains under Andy and Mike Main at Pure Mixed Martial Arts. He has competed in table tennis at the national level. Jeffrey is an avid film and home theater buff. Also, his mother says he is very handsome.

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Elven Captain Willow lives her life by discipline. She expects nothing less from those around her. Little does anyone realize how fragile that strong surface is beneath.

Childhood terrors are the worst. When people from the horde who'd taken over Willow's birth kingdom come to her new home to wreak havoc, the staunch warrior is paralyzed with fear for the first time in over a hundred years. They kidnap her Prince right before her eyes. Then, the Queen busts Willow down to private.

Devastated, Willow goes AWOL to recover her Prince. With memories from a tortured past haunting her and some dicey friends, including the suave Captain Snyde and far-too-young Tamlevar, the deck is stacked against her. But, Willow's got more than discipline. She's willing to risk everything to stop her new home from being destroyed.

I haven't read a well-written female heroine as strong as this since Elizabeth Moon. What's really surprising is Getzin's ability to write sympathetic and real women. "Prince of Bryanae" is well worth a read for fantasy lovers.

Rebecca Kyle, November 2010
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This book had an okay plot, and while it does have a unique twist here and there, alot of what happened has been done and overdone to death before. In some places (like during all the flashbacks) the story gets really tedious and the only reason I didn't stop reading is because my slight ocd issues wouldn't let me.

*This part of the review contains spoilers* Because I really can't explain my dislike without spoiling some of the plot unfortunately.

First issue I had? No one mentioned that that "violence" experienced in her past involved her being raped repeatedly-as a child no less. If I had known that, I would have never bought this book, cheap price or not, thats just something I find extremely distasteful. When I hear bad past I think dead family, maybe killed in front of her or because of her to add to the trauma. Not practically being sold by her mother to the man who destroyed everything she loved to be raped and impregnated.

I might understand it a little more if it improved the plot in some way but Willow didn't even remember her past until the end. Also, if Willow couldn't remember her past, exactly how did she remember her hate for her mother? Or was that just irrational dislike for no random reason at that point. You'd think that something would be wrong when you hate someone that much and couldn't even rememeber why- and if she couldn't remember what happened to her then why would she even freeze up due to her past? If thats the case then why even make her forget what happened other than to throw in a bunch of flashbacks later.

Not only that but then she goes and rapes Snyde. Because regardless of what he did/does later, he did protest it and she did force herself on him. Not to mention that part came out of nowhere and really surved no point other than to give him something to rub in her face later- and at that point her already had more than enough material to hold over her head.
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PRINCE OF BRYANAE is subtler and more complex than the slaughter-fest cover would have you believe. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of violence and mayhem, so don't read that the protagonist Willow is an elf and expect a Young Adulty type fantasy. This ain't that, and it ain't for the faint of heart. With that disclaimer, I'll say that for those who do read it, you get an interesting look at the hard-ass, anti-social type character prevalent in fantasy fiction as well as many other genres, but her you get an in-depth looks at what sort of back-story a character/person would have to have to end up that character. And rather than being forced to wade through endless introspection like you might in a literary fiction novel, Getzin delivers it in an excellent pacey piece filled with action and plenty of little and big surprises, twists, and betrayals, which are executed properly. Which is to say it makes sense that the character did what they did rather than it suited the author and the plot to have them do something that was out-of-character. Also, Getzin balances the dark with good bits of humor.

I recommend this novel for anyone who enjoys action-packed fantasy that is dark and at times disturbing, but mixed with humor and three-dimensional characters.
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book from cover to cover, thanks to superb world-building, nonstop action and suspense, an imaginative setting, and strong, memorable characters. I read a lot of fantasy, and Prince of Bryanae kept me engaged and intrigued as well as (or better than) anything I've ever read.
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I'm a sucker for fantasy -- and the fact that one of my favorite fantasy authors, R. A. Salvatore, had read the book and gave it favorable praise in its treatment of its world development gave me good reason to feel comfortable I knew what I was getting when I purchased the book.

I was not disappointed. Mr. Getzin has built a believable world and populated it with realistic characters. The main character, Willow, has a depth not always common in this genre. She is completely broken inside but with enough steel, literally in the form of her rapier, to withstand a long life spent trying to forget her past.

What struck me most about the book was the insight Getzin seems to have into the bitterness of dysfunctional relationships and the way our past can scar us even into our adulthood. Who Willow is at the beginning of the book, and why she is the way she is becomes glaringly clear at the end. It is painful to read through at times due to its graphic nature but Getzin's treatment of the worst is well done without resorting to gratuitous violence. In the end, Willow grows. How Getzin treats that growth process is innovative, tender and honest.

The only thing that kept me from going over to five stars immediately is that I would have liked to have seen glimpses of Willow's backstory interspersed more throughout the book than it is versus the tell-all section where her full backstory is revealed. That is merely a personal preference.

This book may not be for the casual fantasy reader looking for a light romp into the realm of elves and magic and younger readers may not appreciate the subtleties of Willow's transformation or its cause. The magic is a matter of course, often taking a back seat to the main character's development.
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