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Rifkind's Challenge

by Lynn Abbey

Series: Rifkind (3)

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I like women warrior books. In this one, Rifkind was a warrior, but when her destiny had been completed and she found she was with child, she adopted herself into a tribe and became their healer, blessed by the Goddess. This book takes off from when her son is becoming an adult and she feels the need to travel back to some of her history. She ends up taking her son and the tribes chief’s son who is lame and cannot become chief. They are not there by her choice.

There’s nothing on the cover to suggest that there are two books before this one. I could read the book and get interest from it, but the story would have been more complete if I had read books 1&2.

It has an interesting plot, plenty of obstacles and fighting. Rifkind is a mighty healer and warrior, but I could not get into her, relate with her. She is rather unexciting. Her son is irritating, because the book goes on and on about his resentment to her. She’s cold, she doesn't pay attention to him, she cares about other’s well-being more than him. She can do no right in his eyes. When she needs him because she has used up all her energy healing others, he walks away. I really did not like this personality.

About all I can say about the chief’s son is he is nice. Not a lot to go on there.

If there were a book four, I would not bother reading it.
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  lsfayne | Apr 16, 2014 |
Rifkind has settled down after roaming as a hired warrior. However, her past has come back into her life. The beginning is confusing because you aren't really given enough information about Rifkind's past to understand what is going on. Might be worth another try though. ( )
  seawalker0903 | Jun 26, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765352036, Paperback)

In a desert world ruled by men, Rifkind has always been one apart. A chieftain's daughter, she learned to wield a sword while all other women were bound by tribal custom to children and the cooking fire. But when her clan was massacred, she set forth on a quest for her destiny in savage lands ruled by magic and the sword.

For a while she had thought that she had found a home. She practiced the healing arts and raised her son.

But now she has once again heard a personal call to arms, a call to leave behind the safety of her home. She will once again take up the way of the sword, the way of sorcery. And this time she is not alone.

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"In a desert world ruled by men, Rifkind has always been one apart. A chieftain's daughter, she learned to wield a sword while all other women were bound by tribal custom to children and the cooking fire. But when her clan was massacred, she set forth on a quest for her destiny in savage lands ruled by magic and the sword." "For a while she thought that she found a home. She practiced the healing arts and raised her son." "But now she has once again heard a personal call to arms, a call to leave behind the safety of her home. She will once again take up the way of the sword, the way of sorcery. And this time she is not alone."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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