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The Heart of the World is a land in strife. For fifty years the Holy Empire of Mann, an empire and religion born from a nihilistic urban cult, has been conquering nation after nation. Their leader, Holy Matriarch Sasheen, ruthlessly maintains control through her Diplomats, priests trained as subtle predators.

Ash is a member of an elite group of assassins, the Roshun, who offer protection through the threat of vendetta. Forced by his ailing health to take on an apprentice, he chooses Nico, a young man living in the besieged city of Bar-Khos. At the time, Nico is hungry, desperate, and alone in a city that finds itself teetering on the brink.

When the Holy Matriarch's son deliberately murders a woman under the protection of the Roshun; he forces the sect to seek his life in retribution. As Ash and his young apprentice set out to fulfill the Roshun orders, their journey takes them into the heart of the conflict between the Empire and the Free Ports...into bloodshed and death.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2011.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780765331052
Characteristics: 387 pages : map ; 25 cm.


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Aug 16, 2012

There were a few issues I had with this book (none of the half a dozen characters who got sections from their point of view were female, which is disappointing especially in a book published so recently; you can't just take a stereotype of Japan, add black people and think you've created a whole new fantasy world), but on the whole I liked it. Buchanan takes some big risks with his storytelling, and it pays off in the end. I will probably be reading the next book in the series.

Mar 28, 2011

An entertaining read. I'm looking forward to Book Two.

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