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Moths to a Flame

by Sarah Ash

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This is an early Sarah Ash book and it shows, as it's quite immature compared to her later work - here we have too many well-used fantasy tropes, at times overly-lush prose, and fairly simple characterisation. However, all the seeds for her later writing are there: there's some haunting imagery, the setting is intriguing, and she refuses to allow her characters' paths to run too smoothly. Plus, the cover is rather gorgeous :-). ( )
  salimbol | Feb 17, 2013 |
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A wonderfully evocative fantasy that launches a new British writer.The decadent microcosm that is the palatial home of the House of Memizhon is shocked out of its complacency by the arrival in Myn-Dhiel of two slaves.Not an unusual event in itself,but Lai and Laili are more beautiful,more desirable than anything the Arkhan and Arkhys have ever wanted.The twins are as alike as a boy and girl can be,both devoted to each other and to their goddess,a devotion that is sorely tested by the sacrifices that they are forced to make in order to stay alive.Lai and Laili must be destroyers and redeemers both they regain any kind of freedom.
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The once-wondrous land of Myn-Dhiel has suffered under the rule of the House of Memizhon. The decadent king and queen are slowly going insane, and the kingdom seems likely to sink under the weight of its decay. Twins Lai and Laili have spent their quiet lives as initiates of the Goddess on the peaceful island of Ael Lahi. But when they are captured and sold as slaves in the city, Lai must learn to fight for his life in the Arena while Laili is forced into service as the Arkhan's concubine. The twins ultimately find their place in the intrigues and rivalries of the corrupt court. But discontent is simmering among the city's oppressed people. When a mysterious cloud of moon moths brings a plague, revolution threatens to bring down the House of Memizhon. Lai and Laili may hold the key to saving the city - unless they too are engulfed in the conflagration.… (more)

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