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Sasha (A Trial of Blood & Steel Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B006FLJVHG
- Publisher : Orbit (1 July 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 1843 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 421 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 304,549 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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While I'm not entirely sure what the setting is based on, it reminds me vaguely Frankish times in Europe; perhaps inspired by a (partially) pagan Germany with a Christian nobility; or perhaps it's inspired by similar situations somewhere else in Europe.
Anyway, while it's less important where the inspiration comes from, the religious situation is a key factor in the book: the country is ruled by pseudo-Christians, but the populace is largely pseudo-pagan. Caught in-between is Sasha, the heroine, one of the country's princess - she is from the pseudo-Christian nobility, but lives with the pseudo-pagans, and is taught swordfighting (and more) by ... a pseudo-Confucian.
Her family wants her to stick with the nobles, the pagans want to use her as a symbol, and her teacher wants her to make her own decisions. To complicate the issues, foreigners meddle, and there's talk about a pseudo-crusade against the pseudo-elves. It's a tense situation, and bad stuff happens to nobody's surprise.
What impressed me much more than the plot (or the characters or the settings...) are the action scenes though: there aren't that many, but in my opinion they are very well written. We get to read about Sasha both in personal combat, as well as in larger warfare, and both are equally good. This is action one can actually imagine while reading. Sasha's unreal skill aside, it's also all fairly "realistic" - if that matters. And it's not like Sasha does anything that, as such, is impossible to do. So that's OK with me.
A solid first book of a solid series, mostly recommended for the action.
"Spoiler": just my opinion, but the 2nd novel and the first parts of the 3rd are the weakest parts of the series. Bad enough to almost get me to quit it. But I stuck with it, and the rest of the third book plus the fourth were a great reward for that. Something to keep in mind, perhaps.