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The Fish the Fighters and the Song-Girl (Sacred Band of Stepsons Book 3) by [Morris, Janet, Morris, Chris]
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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.

About the Author

Bestselling author Janet Morris began writing in 1976 and has since published more than 20 novels, many co-authored with her husband Chris Morris or others. She has contributed short fiction to the shared universe fantasy series Thieves World, in which she created the Sacred Band of Stepsons, a mythical unit of ancient fighters modeled on the Sacred Band of Thebes. She created, orchestrated, and edited the Bangsian fantasy series Heroes in Hell, writing stories for the series as well as co-writing the related novel, The Little Helliad, with Chris Morris. Most of her fiction work has been in the fantasy and science fiction genres, although she has also written historical and other novels. Morris has written, contributed to, or edited several book-length works of non-fiction, as well as papers and articles on nonlethal weapons, developmental military technology and other defense and national security topics.
Author, narrator, musician and composer Chris Morris began writing music in 1966, fiction in 1984, and nonfiction in 1989. Much of his fiction and nonfiction literary work, including all of his book-length science fiction and fantasy, has been written in collaboration with his wife Janet Morris. He has contributed short fiction to the best selling series Thieves' World and Heroes in Hell. His audio book narrations include "The Sacred Band" by Janet Morris and Chris Morris, "I, the Sun" by Janet Morris, and "Shards of the Glass Slipper" by Roy Mauritsen.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1104 KB
  • Print Length: 403 pages
  • Publisher: Perseid Publishing (April 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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By Larry E. Atchley Jr. on July 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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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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The Fish the Fighters and the Song-girl, by Janet Morris and Chris Morris, is the latest book in Perseid Press' Sacred Band of Stepsons series, and an Author's Cut edition, containing both new tales and six classic stories from the million-copy best-selling Thieves' World(TM) series. These stories broke new ground in fantasy both for their dark and lyrical approach and their unforgettable characters. The main protagonist in these stories is Tempus, commander of the Sacred Band, which now includes several new characters, including Cassander, the Band's horse-and-human doctor who stars in the big new novella that opens this book. The writing is sophisticated and exquisite. The stories are gritty,violent, sometimes sensual, and full of observations about the nature of life. The opening novella gave the book its name and brings to this venerable series several female warriors cast in the tradition of the fabled Amazons. Morrises know their history, so each story has the ring of truth. The story 'The Fish the Fighters and the Song-girl' is worth the price of the entire book. Equally as amazing are the framing stories which set off the six vintage stories. With thirteen tales in all, including icon stories update and expanded to create a novelized whole, this volume shows why the Sacred Band of Stepsons series is a must for those who love historical fantasy, myth and legend, horses and ancient cavalry -- and, oh yes, Magic. Magic abounds. So pick up your copy and join the Band first in fabled Sanctuary and then in Pelasgia, as they venture into realms more mythic than ever before. Oh, I forgot to tell you about the three female 'Stragglers' and three young Stepson trainees, which make this book a perfect gift for YA to adult readers, but not for those under thirteen.
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As a longtime follower of Tempus and his Sacred Band, I’d thought I’d read everything there was to read about their adventures. Imagine my delight, then, when I discovered The Fish the Fighters and the Song-Girl, an intelligent and skillfully interwoven set of tales presented in novel format.
Simply put, Sanctuary, city of thieves and a stain on the backside of the Rankan Empire comes under attack from a strange race of fisher folk – the Beysib – from across the sea. Normally the city would turn to the Stepsons under such circumstances to save them. However, Tempus has led his Sacred Banders north into uncharted territory. Left alone, it falls to the rag-tag inhabitants of Sanctuary to defend themselves whilst combating the threat of narcissistic politicians, out to take what they can get for themselves.
Will Sanctuary’s sheer bloody-mindedness prevent her fall? And just what is it that delays the Sacred Band? What’s more, why is it that magic seems to be failing?
In all honesty, I found The Fish the Fighters and the Song-Girl to be a welcome addition to this complex world. By weaving elements of the past, present and future together with old and news foes and characters alike, Janet and Chris Morris have added a fresh layer to an already elaborate masterpiece that will stand the test of time.
An excellent compilation that has deepened my appreciation for what is surely one of the best saga’s in the Homeric tradition for a long time.
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