Daw, Jan 2004, 7.99, 960 pp.
For almost two decades, the clans of the South and the kingdom of the North have been at peace but once again war is imminent. The armies of the North must join the battle or see their kingdom destroyed if the evil forces in the South win for they will surely want to rule the entire world. The forces of General Aflesio di Marente are aided in his lust for conquest by the minions of the Lord of the Night who wants his allies to win so he can have the same powers in the Kingdom that he does in his own dimension.
Once a hostage in the North, Valedan Kai di‘Leonne is the leader in charge of the armies who fight the forces of evil. He is able to rally ancient enemies like the Clans of Averdo and Lamberto to his banner. He also has powerful allies that have magic and might be able to counter that of The Lord of the Night. These allies include the evil one's daughter and Valedan's wife who found the powerful magical sword and put it in his hands.
THE SUN SWORD is a spellbinding sword and sorcery saga that has plenty of action but doesn't stint on character development. The forces of good and evil are clearly delineated but some of the warriors on both sides behave in a manner that makes the reader think they may change allegiances. There are many champions in Michelle West's epic fantasy series but it is Valedan who is neither Northern or Southern but a combination of both that is able to rally the most unlikely allies into one stalwart army.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner