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Carnelian's father was in exile, but is recalled to preside over the selection of one of the dying emperor's two sons as next emperor. Carnelian is heir to one of the most powerful lords in an opressive and sadistic society, but has been brought up by slaves who he has always regarded as family.
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He has to watch as his old home is torn apart, most of his household are abandoned to starvation, his half brothers are treated as slaves or killed by other lords, and attempts on the lives of his party as they race to arrive at the capital before the emperor dies.

His father is dangerously injured by an assasin sent by the empress and is near death. In the capital he is treated with further contempt and plots by his relatives who have usurped his fathers position in his absence. Unaware, he meets and falls in love with Osidian, one of the candidates for emperor....and history threatens to repeat the exile of his father as the election of emperor draws near.
The review of this Book prepared by David Pearce

The Chosen basically tells of the journey of Carnelian, his father and three other masters as they travel from a remote island back to the Osrakum for the election of a new God-Emperor. Once the characters arrive, the story focuses on the election itself and Carnelian's time spent in Osrakum, the home of the masters hidden within a crater.
The review of this Book prepared by Blue Istari

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 25%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 35% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   ruler Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   factions fight within govt for control    -   election campaign Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Religious overtones?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age:    -   a teen


Terrain    -   Desert    -   Mountains    -   Forests    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society    -   very controlled society Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   explicit references to torture Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   actual description of sex How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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