Awakened City

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HarperCollins, May 1, 2007 - Fiction - 464 pages
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After centuries of oppression, the Empire of Arsace has finally reclaimed the capital city of Ninyaser and the First Temple of the Gods. But the powerful Brethren will tolerate no challenge to their rule, and an expedition to destroy the secret colony of Refuge, home to ancient mysteries and forbidden sorcery, has proved the catalyst for war.

Ravar, the most powerful of the hidden Shapers, vows revenge against the Brethren. Raising an army of worshippers and kidnapping the seer Axane to help him in his quest, he travels to the holy city of Baushpar itself as the Empire prepares for battle. Meanwhile, leaving his peaceful life behind to save Axane, the Shaper Gyalo has a startling epiphany.

Against a backdrop of war, insurrection, and sacrifice, two powerful Shapers must discover who is the true Next Messenger, for their quest will lead either to salvation or destruction.

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User Review  - AltheaAnn - LibraryThing

The sequel to 'The Burning Land.' (I would recommend starting with that one first.) For centuries, Âratist doctrine has promised the coming of the Next Messenger - a prophet of the god who will come ... Read full review

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User Review  - snorkstress - LibraryThing

Goodness, what a bunch of strung-together fantasy clichés. It's adequate if you've never read a fantasy novel before, but if you have, it's as much dead wood as any. A completely interchangeable piece ... Read full review


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About the author (2007)

Victoria Strauss was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, and graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in comparative religion. She wrote her first novel when she was seventeen during a year off between high school and college. The author of "The Burning Land, Garden of the Stone", and "Arm of the Stone", Strauss lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her husband and three cats.

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