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  • Series: Song of Naga Teot, Book 1
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Ace (May 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441800831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441800834
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,337,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
I had the unique opportunity to read and review TEOT'S WAR before it was widely available. I was thoroughly impressed then (despite odd editing glitches from ACE), and am no less now. Like many others, I find myself returning to Tan, fascinated by Naga's sweet darkness and basking in Drin's light. In those days I was publishing a smallpress zine called PANDORA, and Heather had a number of fans in our camp. We published an excerpt from BLOODSTORM prior to the novel's publication and phone calls, letters, art, and short stories passed back and forth. We printed one of those, too, didn't we Heather? A lucky few have even heard the music from the operetta based on the tale. It is as haunting and lyrical as the written word. Time changes all things, but if book #3 arrives in the spirit of the manuscript I read so many years ago, fans will be delighted. It was not an "easy" book given the subject matter, and at that time not the "end" of the saga. That part was still in transition and full of really interesting possibilities. I won't betray the author, but I will say you'll be scared, you'll be depressed for at least a while (com'n, we're talking about NAGA after all), and you'll be laughing hysterically at some of the events. It is unfortunate that--for whatever reasons--ACE did not support and nurture this author ten years ago. Chalk it up to life (and death) in the midlists. God willing, all three books will be released together. Work and the "real world" may have intruded on Heather's plans for this series, but rest assurred Heather never lost interest. Hope you see this, Heather. Sorry to have lost touch, and very pleased to have found this site to celebrate the books. I still remember that 6 hour phone call!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By W. McDonald on August 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
My copies of the two Teots novels are ragged from rereading them every year. A reprint would be nice, the printing of new Teot novels by Heather would make my day. I can't belive that after the first two novels her publisher didn't sign her to a contract to finish the series. What a dunder head to have a author of her talent and not keep her busy for the last ten years. How many good novels have we missed while Heather was not putting to use her considerable skills to entertaining us with tales war and intrigue. What a waste of talent.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. Quon on July 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
Teot's War and sequel (Bloodstorm) are terrific fantasy novels set in a medieval-like setting. Both books are beautifully written, without the tedious descriptions that bog down a lot of artful writers. The often-clashing cultures created are fascinating and enjoyable, as you see them unravel. The author spared no effort in making her world rich and believable.

Great characters and situations grip you from the beginning. I think of Teot's War as being the "character" book, with Naga and Caladrunan both beautifully drawn with passionate beliefs, flaws and heart--everything that makes characters lovable. The love between the two men is filled with angst, irreverence and drama, never sappy or (gasp) romantic.

Naga Teot is a delightful hero. Like many heroes, he's a great warrior (albeit a small one), but it's his unbelievably smart mouth, intense feelings, mental health problems and unstoppable drive that make him so much fun. (He's kind of a *much* darker Miles Vorkosigan.) Leader Caladrunan is more mild mannered and rational. The joy of these books is watching him try to manage Naga, which is a Herculean and sometimes thankless job.

A twist that many readers will appreciate: Naga is of an ill-defined dark-skinned race. South Asian? Middle Eastern? African? Pick the one you like. He's in a world of mostly fair-haired Nordic types, which means he encounters racism and has to earn every shred of respect. Happily, this never comes off as political, preachy or politically correct. It's just a feature of the story that makes it more interesting.

The sequel, Bloodstorm, is the "plot" book, with a can't-stop-reading series of exciting and intense events. It has the best (and most) fighting scenes--well detailed and satisfying.

Thank the goddess for the Internet and used books! Put these at the top of your reading list today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
Excellent 2-volume set, personalities and combat techniques equally well-drawn and valid. Psycological dimentsions very well handled. Have been waiting for years for anything else by Gladney.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul G. Bens, Jr. on August 1, 2009
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Cars become antiques when they hit the age of 20 years. But they don't necessarily become classics. What goes into making an antique car a classic is harder to define...the smoothness of the ride, the quality of the craftsmanship, the beauty of the design, the reaction of the audience as it looks back and remembers the times of their lives spent with that car. The same can be said about literature. Many books have withstood time, but how many are classics? Well, Teot's War, originally published in 1987, may be an antique in the best sense of the word, but what is even more impressive is that it is a classic in every sense of the word. Classic adventure. Classic fantasy. And classic homoerotic fiction.

Teot's War is about war, but it is about two wars: the war raging inside Naga and the genesis of an actual war. Naga Teot is a man without a country, land or family. Of noble birth, Naga is the survivor of a massacre of his people, the Upai. At the beginning of the novel he finds himself (along with his prized gana) part of a band of marauders, many of whom were responsible for the genocide of his people and who are intent on overthrowing the ruler of Tan, a great land. Naga is an outcast even amongst these mercenaries. His skin is dark, his ways are foreign. And when the band of marauders is confronted by Tanman, the Liege Lord of Tan himself, they are quick to give him up to their enemy. He is nothing more than a sacrificial pawn in their plot. A wounded Naga is taken captive by Tanman and there begins the story, one of friendship and loyalty and, the need for redress. We go on a journey with these two men as they learn to trust one another.
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