New characters and new mysteries change Sanctuary forever. The immortalized cavalry commander, Tempus, leaves Sanctuary in the hands of Straton, the witch-cursed Stepson; his partner Critias; Sync of the Rankan 3rd Commando, and Kama, Tempus's daughter. Each feels that being left behind is punishment, and may be correct. Sanctuary goes from bad to worse with the arrival of the ominous Shepherd and a disturbing god. Meanwhile two local girls, Shawme and Merricat, find arcane articles on the Downwind beach that few understand but which the Stepsons' mage believes will shape the fate of the Sacred Band.
This classic Sacred Band of Stepsons story, from the 2012 Perseid Publishing anthology "the Fish the Fighters and the Song-girl, is newly revised and expanded by the author and first appeared in somewhat different form in Thieves' World(R), the million-copy bestselling fantasy series.
©2010 Janet Morris (P)2012 Janet Morris and Chris Morris
Classic, epic, gritty
Kama, Tempus' daughter, the only woman in The Sacred Band, fighting against stereotypes and family baggage.
This is the first performance I have heard as an audible book, but I have seen his performances as an actor which I quite liked, and have just adored his father, Wilfred Hyde-White ('Colonel Pickering' in "My Fair Lady" - my mother's favorite movie) and his ex-father-in-law, Roy Dotrice, and their wonderful classic work.
This was a novella and, yes, I wanted to listen to it all in one sitting.
This performance is an absolutely marvelous example of the narrator's art. I am very familiar with, and a great fan of, Janet Morris' work since I discovered her in the late 70s-early 80s. The Sacred Band is a group of characters that were originally created in the Thieves' World(r) books of Robert Lyn Aspirin and Lynn Abbey, by Janet Morris when she wrote for the series. The Sacred Band subsequently moved on with its main character, Tempus, into novels and other stories.Mr. Hyde-White gives the work the feel of antiquity that is appropriate to the tale, the setting and writing. I am extremely pleased by this initial foray into the audible world by the characters of The Sacred Band and the treatment given the story by Mr. Hyde-White; he uses a terrific selection of voices, with none of them "overdone" and his pacing is exquisite. I hope to hear him do many more of Janet Morris' and her husband, Chris Morris', works.
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