- Series: Gods of the Caravan Road (Book 2)
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Pyr (June 10, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616149035
- ISBN-13: 978-1616149031
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,719,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Deyandara, survivor of a massacre among her people, is sent by her goddess Catairanach to find the assassin Ahjvar, known as the Leopard, and get him to agree to kill the Voice of Marakand. Ahjvar agrees because he wants nothing more than to end his cursed life, and he hopes that this will satisfy the goddess so she will allow him to die. He’s accompanied on the journey to the bustling city of Marakand by Ghu, a former slave and the only person close to Ahjvar—but Ghu is not merely a slave. The Voice of Marakand is mad, and old, and it seems as though it is a simple matter. Of course, it can’t be that easy, and very little is as it seems. The Voice that speaks through the old woman isn’t the voice of a god—it’s the voice of a demon driven mad by imprisonment. The cascade of destruction begun with the death of the first Voice threatens to engulf the entire world as our heroes know it; far from being freed from his curse, Ahjvar is even further entrapped. It ends on a bit of a cliff-hanger—fortunately, the sequel is already scheduled. --Regina Schroeder
“An involving and deftly written novel of escape and capture, love and loss, and battles both mental and physical.... Johansen’s writing style is assures and elegant, subtle and powerful.... Fans of C. J. Cherryh, Elizabeth Bear, and George R. R. Martin will find the same intelligence, wit, and mastery of language in The Leopard. K. V. Johansen has written a winner.”
“There is something heart-warmingly old-fashioned about K.V. Johansen’s latest novel.... The fantasy genre is currently full to the brim with gritty and post-modern versions of A Game of Thrones or overly dark retellings of Lord of the Rings. The Leopard bucks this trend by drawing on a legacy of pulpy, swords and sandals-style tales reminiscent of The Wheel of Time series but with a classic edge that feels as if it’s come from the 1950s.”
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The book is very hard to get into, and the meanderings of the story telling are somewhat exagerated, but always, mind, very well taken care of in terms of pensmanship.
After a while things and concepts start falling in place and the readers interest grows. Mine has, and I certainly will follow this series and hope that I will give it a more starred review
Writing style and convolutedness made me rememember Scott Baker's Prince of Nothing, another, very good, canadian author
Ok so that is the world so far. Deyandara is the woman riding to find her assassin. Her story was interesting and I liked her. Ahjvar is the assassin and his story is even more interesting. He has some serious issues. He has a servant called Ghu who I at first did not think much about but then he grew on me. I really wonder what he is about.
And then there were more! Yes I would have liked to follow these first few along but suddenly a lot more sprung up and I did not see much of any of the previous characters. I did miss them and I will not you about the rest cos some things can be secrets. But, the book changed.
Anyway, the book takes place mostly in Marakand. A city where old Gods fell and the Lady become the prime Goddess. But who is the Lady, she was not like that before. It's a city where her soldiers are to be feared, a city where something is wrong.
An interesting start. A war is coming too, I do like war. And what will happen to Marakand?
Go Into This One Knowing
Draws you in then BAM changes things, Great setting.
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