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The Roses of Roazon Paperback – April 1, 2004
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About the Author
Cherith Baldry was born in Lancashire and studied at Manchester University and St Anne’s College, Oxford. She subsequently worked as a teacher, including a spell as a lecturer at the University of Sierra Leone. Cherith is now a full-time writer of fiction for both children and adults.
- Publisher : Pan MacMillan; 1st edition (April 1, 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0333989694
- ISBN-13 : 978-0333989692
- Item Weight : 1.39 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.02 x 1.34 x 9.21 inches
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Arvorig is a land that has dukes rather than princes or kings, yet still has the same political problems: what one duke has, another wants. The story begins, however, with the newly appointed Duke of Roazon wearing a pendant that shows him as a god-like healer, a facet of the national religion that has never before been shown. Since he is the church's representative, this image isn't just a surprise; it's definitely not what the church has authorized. The other dukes and knights immediately use this to claim he is a heretic, and if the church denounces him, then he will be removed from office. He is the Duke of Roazon, a city that is wealthy and one where great craftsmen and women live, making it a prize to many, particularly the other dukes and knights. Unfortunately, while the point of whether or not his icon is heretical, whether or not the duke himself is heretical, this conflict opens the door for evil to enter the world in the form of Autrys, a legendary land with demons and other foul creatures who quickly attack the people of Arvorig.
This is an adult novel, as is clear from the beginning of the story, not like the YA novels that Cherith Baldry usually writes. The characters are well-drawn and interesting, and the subsequent story kept me turning the pages well into the night. Although the story line does rely a bit too much, in my opinion, on modern religious beliefs, in the end this didn't damage my overall liking of the book. I look forward to reading the sequel.
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I found the book engrossing - difficult to put down, and I shall be looking out for other works by this author - what more can one really want from this sort of novel?