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Prince of Bryanae (Bryanae Series) Paperback – December 9, 2010
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"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
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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Top Customer Reviews
Childhood terrors are the worst. When people from the horde who'd taken over Willow's birth kingdom come to her new home to wreak havoc, the staunch warrior is paralyzed with fear for the first time in over a hundred years. They kidnap her Prince right before her eyes. Then, the Queen busts Willow down to private.
Devastated, Willow goes AWOL to recover her Prince. With memories from a tortured past haunting her and some dicey friends, including the suave Captain Snyde and far-too-young Tamlevar, the deck is stacked against her. But, Willow's got more than discipline. She's willing to risk everything to stop her new home from being destroyed.
I haven't read a well-written female heroine as strong as this since Elizabeth Moon. What's really surprising is Getzin's ability to write sympathetic and real women. "Prince of Bryanae" is well worth a read for fantasy lovers.
Rebecca Kyle, November 2010
*This part of the review contains spoilers* Because I really can't explain my dislike without spoiling some of the plot unfortunately.
First issue I had? No one mentioned that that "violence" experienced in her past involved her being raped repeatedly-as a child no less. If I had known that, I would have never bought this book, cheap price or not, thats just something I find extremely distasteful. When I hear bad past I think dead family, maybe killed in front of her or because of her to add to the trauma. Not practically being sold by her mother to the man who destroyed everything she loved to be raped and impregnated.
I might understand it a little more if it improved the plot in some way but Willow didn't even remember her past until the end. Also, if Willow couldn't remember her past, exactly how did she remember her hate for her mother? Or was that just irrational dislike for no random reason at that point. You'd think that something would be wrong when you hate someone that much and couldn't even rememeber why- and if she couldn't remember what happened to her then why would she even freeze up due to her past? If thats the case then why even make her forget what happened other than to throw in a bunch of flashbacks later.
Not only that but then she goes and rapes Snyde. Because regardless of what he did/does later, he did protest it and she did force herself on him. Not to mention that part came out of nowhere and really surved no point other than to give him something to rub in her face later- and at that point her already had more than enough material to hold over her head.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jeff Getzin takes you on an unpredictable ride with the heroine, as she is built up and torn down throughout the narrative. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this via Amazon UK after a friend suggested I read it and I though 'oh yeah, another one of those predictable fantasy stories' but I couldn't have been more wrong. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dragonborne
I quite enjoyed all the descriptions in this novel while enough was left for my imagination to fill in whatever details I saw fit. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amanda Westfal
The characterization is what really sets this book apart from your typical fantasy novel. Willow is a badass heroine and it is a lot of fun to follow her around. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
This entertaining fantasy novel concerns the rescue of a prince. There is humor along with the adventure within this story.Published 15 months ago by Ricky Kimsey
"Prince of Bryanae" is a novel set in Jeffrey Getzin's world of Bryanae, a complex and richly detailed fantasy world. Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by David T. Blackston
If I had to describe this novel in one word it would be, long. Exceedingly long, but that is how epic fantasy tends to be. This is not a light read in any sense of the word. Read morePublished on June 14, 2014 by Alisha Robinson
I'm afraid three stars is the best I can give this story. Jeffrey Getzin's writing is excellent. I love his simple, dry style, he's one of the few Kindle writers who gets the... Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by J. Gunnar Grey