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The Quartered Sea
by Tanya Huff
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0886778395, Mass Market Paperback)Queen Jalena of Shkoder has decided to start her reign by commissioning a ship to undertake the exploration of uncharted waters and see if it is possible to circumnavigate the world. When disaster strikes, the sole survivor is the bard Benedikt who Sings only One Quarter, that of Water. Found by the people of a Mayan-like civilization, he becomes a pawn between the brother and sister who are the most powerful people in their culture.
Praise for Tanya Huff:
"Ms. Huff is a marvelous talent whose vibrant characterizations and intelligent plotting make each new book a very special reading experience. Bring on the next verse!" --Romantic Times
"I love the way Huff writes. She creates rich, complex fantasy worlds, populates them with likable characters, includes lots of humor and action, bright, lively dialogue....Unputdownable." --VOYA
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:13 -0400)
Benedikt Sings the most powerful water in the kingdom, but water is the only Quarter Benedikt can sing, which isolates him from the Bardic Captain and his fellow Bards. When the Queen of Shkoder outfits a voyage to discover the lands across the sea against the Bardic Captain's objections, Benedikt is the only Bard willing to brave the Captain's wrath and volunteer. In uncharted waters, a storm strikes and the kigh of the deep seas rise. All of Benedikt's skill is unable to save ship or crew. Shipwrecked in an unfamiliar country and unable to send word to Shkoder of the ship's fate, Benedikt must play the part he's been given: a pawn in the game of politics and religion between brother and sister -- who both intend to use his Song to their advantage. As the Queen waits for word, the kigh of the deep seas rise again ...
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