- Series: Percheron Saga (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Eos; Reprint edition (August 26, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060899123
- ISBN-13: 978-0060899127
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,186,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Emissary: Book Two of The Percheron Saga Mass Market Paperback – August 26, 2008
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Though the world-building remains top-notch, this slow-moving second installment of McIntosh's epic fantasy (after Odalisque) appears mainly designed to set up more interesting action in later volumes. Ana, a virginal odalisque, is trapped in the idle harem of Boaz, the chaste, adolescent Zar of Percheron. Nearly every man who sees Ana desires and adores her, not only the Zar but also exiled warrior Lazar and the goddess-touched, shape-shifting dwarf, Pez. However, Herezah, the Zar's mother, sees Ana as a dangerous threat to her supremacy in the harem, and she concocts a plan with chief eunuch Salmeo to bring about Ana's humiliation and demise. A new setting eventually blows a fresh desert breeze through the stifling atmosphere, but the hundreds of pages spent building up to Ana's escape attempt, including a disturbing scene of sexual torture at Salmeo's hands, will have the reader sharing Ana's longing to be anywhere other than the Zar's palace. (Oct.)
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About the Author
Fiona McIntosh was raised in the U.K. but left London to explore the world and found herself in Australia, where she fell in love with the country and one person in particular. She has since roamed the planet for her work in the travel industry but now writes full-time and continues to draw inspiration from her travels. McIntosh lives with her husband and teenage sons, splitting her time between city life in South Australia and the wilderness of Tasmania.
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Herezah did not expect that Spur Lazar would use a trump card to try & spare Ana from her punishment after she fell into Herezah's trap. Due to his taking her punishment which is selected by the Head Eunich of the harem, he is wounded horribly & taken away to an unknown island to recover. While he is away, Herezah grieves for Lazar which makes her even more angry with Ana & more determined to cause her demise.
While all of this drama plays out,a demon called Maliz who is trying to ressurect himself in a battle between the gods, tricks one of the Goddesses disciples & falls victim to his deceit. Lyana the Goddess is once again up against her foe Maliz in the god versus goddess struggle. Whoever the victor in the battle determines the fate of the city of Percheron.
Riveting & spellbinding!
The second installment of the Percheron Saga is relatively tame in comparison to the first book. Other readers have said nothing happens, but that's untrue. This book is more of a political struggle than the first, both within Percheron and with the gods. It's a game of wits between characters and deities, but some big things happen. The goddess is revealed and then unrevealed, Maliz concocts a diabolical plan for after the cycle is complete, power in the harem shifts, Lazar returns, several beloved characters die, and an heir is created, but to which throne?
It's buildup pure and simple, because this thing is about to get crazy. Anyone who has ever read Fiona McIntosh knows that there are no straightforward endings. One minute, you think you know what's going on and the next minute, a main character is transported through time to present day, or someone has magical powers that come out of nowhere and defeat everyone. No, it doesn't fit, but it is fantasy and it's her style. And I like her style.
just as I thought I was caught up in the story something new pulled me in deeper. I loved it.