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Honor & Sacrifice (Tribes of Heaven) (Volume 1) Paperback – June 7, 2013
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About the Author
A Koi lives in a boggy den at the south end of the Puget Sound. This fish does not self-describe with gendered pronouns (having the unpleasant luck of being born chimaeric), has survived longer than expected in spite of dark prognostications by both clergy and medical professionals, and is willfully unmarried to anything besides the divine will of creation itself.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book may appeal to fantasy fans as well, as the "elves" which have some nominal, thematic and visual resemblances to the fantasy concept. Don't read it expecting high fantasy, however!
Koi says the second volume of the series is only six months away. I hope so!
This isn't an easy read. It isn't a quick read. It's sticky, and in the times between my sessions with the book, I absorbed what I'd read, pondered it, felt pieces sliding into place, much like the focal character's rocky assimilation into his new life in an elite military force.
The book started out rough for me, as I tried to make sense of a completely foreign universe. But I was pulled right back each time I dove back in, and now, I'm hungry for volume 2.
Ignore the superfluous problems and READ HONOR AND SACRIFICE. You will thank yourself later.
I am a picky reader. I am a fan of words and how they are constructed. When I read a book, I want it, and its accompanying cast of characters, to engulf me and do so with a clever turn of phrase here and there. The plot was engaging and the characters were believable; which, I think, is a hard balance to strike when describing an alien universe with equally as alien characters fighting their way (sometimes literally) though a story that is steeped in a complex society and has a history of its own to adhere to.
Do not, as a reader, feel discouraged by confusion or needing to backtrack. There is a lot going on, and some of it reveals itself in time. It is a rich and complicated universe; and, sometimes, you are feeling confusion because the character you are reading about is also feeling that way. I look forward to the next book and the conversations it will bring.
Formatting issues noted on Kindle (how I read it, they are not bad.)
Flow and dialogue appreciated.