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Prince of Bryanae (Bryanae Series) Paperback – December 9, 2010
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"Fresh and strong and full of energy!" --New York Times Bestselling Author R. A. Salvatore, author of Gauntlgrym: Neverwinter, Book I
"This is solid storytelling and spicy yarns. Once inside, you won't want to leave."
--Mike Freeman, author of The New York Times notable book Bloody Sundays
"This is a splendid book full of adventure and a sympathetic character in Willow. The story has heart and excitement. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves a rollicking good fantasy."
--Billie Sue Mosiman, author of Legions of the Dark
"I recommend [Prince of Bryanae] to anyone who enjoys a good story with nonstop action and suspense, combined with strong, memorable characters and an imaginative setting."
--Scotti Cohn, author of Liberty's Children
"... can make you both laugh and cry, and keeps you turning page after page ... as the story unfolds. Jeffrey Getzin has created a masterpiece with ... Prince of Bryanae."
--Sabrina O'Malone, author of Prayers for the Working Mom
From the Back Cover
VENGEANCE FROM THE PAST
After over a century of valiant service, the elven soldier Willow has buried her past so deeply that even she has forgotten it. But it hasn't forgotten her. Now old enemies have found her and have kidnapped the Prince of Bryanae before her very eyes! Considered by most of Bryanae to be a traitor and coward, Willow must confront her fears and plunge headlong into the heart of the enemy empire to rescue the Prince and return him safely home.
An army of fierce warriors stands in her way, led by the mad and seemingly immortal Warlord. Willow must use every resource at her disposal if she is to save the Prince, even if that means relying on the headstrong and lovesick Private Tamlevar, the inscrutable winged mage Suel, or the dashing but devious Captain Snyde.
Willow has been honing her combat and weaponry skills for over 150 years. Now it is time to put that practice to good use. The fates of four races and two kingdoms hang in the balance.
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And then her world systematically begins to disintegrate, starting with the smallest things and ending with the kidnapping of the eponymous Prince... and her own arrest.
It doesn't get better from there. But Willow has sworn an oath that she WILL retrieve the Prince and bring him home, and nothing -- not her arrest, not treachery most foul, not even her own shattered body, or the past she has buried for a century -- will stop her from reaching that goal.
I found Willow's quest nail-bitingly fascinating, painful to watch... and beautifully done, even as she undergoes, and sometimes remembers, events so horrific they made me wince.
The combat sequences are shocking, fast, and both convincing and filled with moments of awesome. Mr. Getzin is well-versed in the martial arts himself, and he makes use of this to ensure that when Willow is demonstrating just WHY she's been the Captain of the Guard for decades, we BELIEVE it.
This book rode the VERY edge of my "dark" tolerance, rather the way the movie "The Dark Knight" did. I am glad I read this book, and it at least ends better for Our Heroine than The Dark Knight did for poor Batman. But I'm not sure I'll read it again -- Willow suffers WAY too much!
Still, this is a wonderful first entry by Jeff Getzin. Well worth it, and for those who prefer their fantasy gritty, this is EXACTLY what you're looking for!
Eventually, she remembers and with remembrance comes the ability to beat her captors....
I recommend this novel for anyone who enjoys action-packed fantasy that is dark and at times disturbing, but mixed with humor and three-dimensional characters.