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Warriorwards (Jiana, Book 2) Paperback – September 1, 1990

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Book 2 of 2 in the Heroing Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; 1st edition (September 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671720198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671720193
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,393,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For starters, "Warriorwards" is gritty. Eschewing the usual conventions of clean and colorful fantasy, Dafydd ab Hugh takes us to a side of human experience rarely seen in fiction. We see a tournament consisting not of knights in shining armor, but rather of scared novices with no armor at all, and only crude weapons. Similarly, ab Hugh shares no illusions about living conditions back in the day. In "Warriorwards", travel is tiring and dangerous, cities are dirty and crime-ridden, people are sickly and louse-ridden. The general state of decay applies to morals as well. The heroine Jiana is not above backstabbing and cheating when she knows she can't win by fair means. Anyone who likes this book should try the novels of Hugh Cook and Neal Barrett, Jr.

The other good point about "Warriorwards" is that it focuses on inner conflict, not physical conflict. There's enough fighting, not too much, but the main pull of the plot comes from watching the slave girl Radience trying to accept the idea of freedom. Without the need for enormous actions scenes and a gigantic grand finale, ab Hugh has more opportunity to take us inside the heads of the characters.

There are, however, many aspects of this book not to like. Ab Hugh felt the need to throw in every conceivable postmodernist narrative trick: dreams, hallucinations, stream-of-consciousness, flashbacks, flashbacks-within-flashbacks, split personalities, and more. Much of the book is a chore to read because page after page goes by without anything clear to hang on to. The constant, murky references to Jiana's past don't add anything to the story, and the entire business with her sex life grows more distrubing as the book goes along.
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By A Customer on February 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
The main characters are Jiana, a professional heroine, who is tough, unsentimental, a little schizo, and a bruised idealist; and Radiance, a crippled slavegirl, her apprentice. Jiana can no longer make money as a prizefighter, as the odds in her favor are too great. So she decides to take on an apprentice. Unfortunately she can't help choosing some do-good humanitarian project: Radiance, a slavegirl who is thoroughly suppresed both physically and mentally.
Good language, but the strange hallucinations + flashbacks + musings about etymology + lyrical inspiration Jiana keeps having are confusing and break the flow of the story. The two maincharacters are great, they seem very real. Radiance's un-slave training + warrior training is fascinating. The minor characters are quite averagely written.
The fightscenes are good and detailed.
There is a lot of dark humor, which helps alleviate the depression.
The ending is a letdown--the book is the second part of an unfinished trilogy, and doesn't stand alone too well.
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