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 - Yblees - Goodreads
This author writes the most charismatic characters. Unfortunately, let down by too many obscure plot twists and diversions. I've read this twice, and can't bring to mind a clear idea of what happened in the second half of the book. Read full review
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