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The Night Bird

by Catherine Asaro

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The last book of the series is probably the worst of them all. The romance has moved from shrill to grating. The fantasy is non-existent. Woman gets captured, falls in love with the man who bought her. What kind of second-rate harem fantasy is that? There's even the mysterious enigmatic sand people who hate women (dingdingding stereotype lotto winner!) ( )
1 vote newskepticx | Dec 18, 2013 |
captive,Amazon received,headless woman cover
  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
I need to rub Purell into my brain. ( )
  TomWaitsTables | Jun 28, 2012 |
The Night Bird is the first book I’ve read by Catherine Asaro, despite being the most recent addition to her Lost Continent series. All in all, I really enjoyed it. There were a few times when I felt like I should know more about some of the secondary characters – people who have starred in other installments of the series – but it was a great introduction to this world.

The story is told from the point of view of Allegra, a young girl who’s kidnapped from her homeland and sold to Markus, the leader of a rebel army. The Night Bird tells the tale of their relationship, which starts off extremely rocky – understandable given the circumstances of their meeting – and also of Allegra’s growth as a mage.

The author does a great job of world crafting and also of making her characters interesting. I found Markus a bit one-dimensional but I thought Allegra was a good protagonist and Ozi an excellent supporting character. I also liked how Allegra was faced with complicated decisions and that her decision making really reflected the conflict one would face in her situation.

I’m giving serious thought to getting the first book in the series, to see how this all began…

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  jthorburn | Jul 11, 2009 |
Liked it well enough that if I see any others from the series I will read them.
  hailelib | Jul 2, 2009 |
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To the dancers in the Patuxent Youth Ballet. You're looking great!
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The day Allegra lost her freedom, her world changed forever.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0373802684, Paperback)

For centuries the women of Aronsdale have lived freely among the green and misted valleys. Creatures of exotic beauty and sensuality, they possess powerful skills of enchantment…and young Allegro is no different. But her life—and Aronsdale's independence—is threatened when Jazid nomads invade, carrying Allegro into the desert as a prized trophy…or worse.

Until an unexpected ally falls under her spell. From the moment feared Jazid warrior Markus Onyx sees the alluring beauty, he knows he has found his queen.

But even the promise of love cannot quell Allegro's determination to save her homeland. Summoning her powers, she casts herself north—out of passion's grip—and into the dark heart of conflict.…

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For centuries the women of Aronsdale have lived freely among the green and misted valleys. Creatures of exotic beauty and sensuality, they possess powerful skills of enchantment?and young Allegro is no different. But her life?and Aronsdale's independence?is threatened when Jazid nomads invade, carrying Allegro into the desert as a prized trophy? or worse. Until an unexpected ally falls under her spell. From the moment feared Jazid warrior Markus Onyx sees the alluring beauty, he knows he has found his queen. But even the promise of love cannot quell Allegro's determination to save her homeland. Summoning her powers, she casts herself north?out of passion's grip?and into the dark heart of conflict..… (more)

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