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Set on revenge, the scarred Taizu turns for help to the reclusive swordmaster, Shoka, who refuses her as he does all others; his skills not for hire. But Taizu persists. So Shoka - reckoning it unlikely that she will master the sword, or even if she does, time will have mellowed her outlook and she will be content to remain as his companion - acquiesces. Taizu gains skill with the sword, and she and Shoka share his bed. But her desire for revenge is undiminished. So Shoka is obliged to follow her. As they progress, news travels fast. And in attending to Taizu's demands Shoka becomes the figurehead for a rebellion against Lord Ghita and his allies.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Romance    -   Yes Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   factions fight within govt for control Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   kills without good reason Training/Apprent.    -   Yes Working up the ranks of...    -   armed forces Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding    -   change of heart War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   hand to hand    -   sword fights Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   40's-50's


Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Forests A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society    -   very controlled society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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