Now betrayed by the Emperor he once protected, master swordsman Saukendar leaves the way of the sword behind him forever--so he thinks. When a headstrong peasant girl burning to avenge her murdered family demands that he train her, Saukendar is faced with a momentous choice. Send Taizu away, never see her again--or join her and destroy the tyrant who has nearly destroyed them both.
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Review: The PaladinUser Review - David Friedman - Goodreads
I like Cherryh, and I think this is her best book. It isn't exactly a fantasy, since there is no magic, although the male protagonist uses other people's belief in magic, as he uses every other tool ... Read full review
Review: The PaladinUser Review - Amanda - Goodreads
Its fantasy, and its not terrible, but i really hate that the lecher is the viewpoint character even though i get why and think that it does in fact create a critique of male gaze and anti-feminist ... Read full review