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War Maid’s Choice: War God, Book 4 | [David Weber]

War Maid’s Choice: War God, Book 4

In Wind Rider’s Oath, Bahzell became a wind rider - the first hradani wind rider in history. And, even if Bahzell is the War God’s champion, because the wind riders are the elite of the elite among the Sothoii, Bahzell’s ascension is as likely to stir resentment as respect. What’s more, Baron Tellian’s daughter, the heir to the realm, seems to be thinking that he is the only man - or hradani - for her. Now, War Maid’s Choice continues the story - and things really get complicated.
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Publisher's Summary

In Wind Rider’s Oath, Bahzell became a wind rider - the first hradani wind rider in history. And, even if Bahzell is the War God’s champion, because the wind riders are the elite of the elite among the Sothoii, Bahzell’s ascension is as likely to stir resentment as respect. What’s more, Baron Tellian’s daughter, the heir to the realm, seems to be thinking that he is the only man - or hradani - for her. Now, War Maid’s Choice continues the story - and things really get complicated.

©2012 Words of Weber, Inc. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“... irresistibly entertaining....” (Publishers Weekly)

“...fun adventure full of noble steeds, fierce female fighters, dark sorcery, serious swordplay, and plenty of tongue-in-cheek banter.” (Locus)

“...when Weber gets down to action, he’s hard to beat... a rollicking adventure that kept me turning the pages.” (SF Review Central)

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    Professor United States 07-25-12
    Professor United States 07-25-12

    1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)

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    "Been Waiting for years"

    A few positive and negative scenes balance the book
    and despite it's length, I never got bored

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Bessemer, AL, United States 07-13-12
    Mike Bessemer, AL, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Better and Better"

    I am more of a contemporary sci fi reader/listener. However, a friend told me about this series. Did not want to waist my time with a Lord of the Rings wannabe. However, imagine my surprise when I "forced" myself to buy the first one. You know the rest of the story. Outside of LOR, this is a really great story with an exceptional narrator. Each book expands the story and you start to get a picture of where it is going. This brings me to my rating of book 4. Weber does a great job in developing additional characters without loosing the original characters in the story line. And WOW, the battles... I am really looking forward to book 5, 6, etc...

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Fukuoka, Japan 12-10-12
    Gary Fukuoka, Japan 12-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    "# 4 Good, and I want more."

    I don't often write reviews as my tastes don't have to meet other's standards. I started to enjoy Mr. Weber's books when I picked up the first Safehold book. I've been a fan ever since. At that time I was looking for lots of action to relax with. While Safehold din't have the action I thought I wanted, This War God Series gets "5 stars" in that part. I'm a teacher, and it's my policy to NOT give any 100%s for work done by anyone especially me. ( I figure there's always room for improvement.) Still, I have to admit that much of my personal "book" budget goes for his Titles. This guy makes really good universes and really believable people to put in them. I'm looking forward to many, many more Weber-World books. So, far I've found all his books well written, and haven't had much complaint about the narration (some of the accents seem too contrived for me and get in the way of the story.) but that's NOT Mr.Weber's fault, I think. If you've ever liked anything else by Mr. Weber you should like this book a lot. So, far this series rates TWO Ears and a Tail from me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Hickory Creek, TX United States 08-28-12
    Daniel Hickory Creek, TX United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2006
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    "David Weber does it again."

    Whether it's space opera or fantasy, David Weber is a past master at creating worlds with complete ecologies, political systems, economic systems and cultural underpinnings to hang them on.

    Read or listen to the first two or three books in the series before you listen to this though. Otherwise, it probably will not be nearly as enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Seattle, WA, United States 07-10-13
    Michael Seattle, WA, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2007

    I'm an inventor and author, living in Seattle; an old man, living a full life with Kathy, my first and only wife.

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    "Overdrive"

    Weber has "run the gears" in books one through three, and now he's racing down the freeway here in book four. The reader also seems very comfortable in his role; together, they're smooth as a luxury sedan doing ninety. This book is not only entertaining, but quite satisfying. Unfortunately, it caps the story nicely, so the author may not get back to this series for years :-(

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Hagerstown, MD, United States 12-13-12
    Eric Hagerstown, MD, United States 12-13-12
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    "I couldn't get through it."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The plot is just too slow to develop, endless, irrelevant character descriptions, lack of surprises, and overall a too perfect hero.

    I listened through about the first third of the book and gave up.


    Has War Maid’s Choice turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I think I am done with Weber however.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was fine, perhaps a little campy with an overdone accent, but it was the slow plot development not the narration that I had problems with.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. It is rare that I just give up on a series or author, but it is clear to me Weber just can't get to the point.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert scottsbugh, IN, United States 09-10-12
    Robert scottsbugh, IN, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Double crosses galore and lots of battle scenes"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    A good David Weber book with lots of battles with detailed blood and guts scenes. A game of thrones kinda story. Everyone, maybe a few too many, are double and triple crossing everyone. At times i thought it a bit too much. Otherwise, a well told story and the narrator did a good job. If you like action books, you will probably like this.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Weber again?

    Yes, starting the 3rd in this series now.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Amherst, MA, United States 07-20-12
    Jonathan Amherst, MA, United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2007
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    "I'm not so sure ... you should spend a credit."

    I quite enjoy Weber's books and his series. I read the first books in this series quite some time ago and enjoyed the world he created and the characters who inhabit it. Restrained use of magic. Hooray for horse-stealers and gods who are NOT all-knowing.

    That said, this book is a slog to listen to. There are many bit players with names that sound confusingly similar. Without the ability to flip back to remind myself if this is the same person who did x in chapter n, the story line gets lost.

    I usually enjoy Weber's rather slow plot developments and savor the details that give his worlds their depth. Here the pace plods. The numerous refresher courses on the economic of building a canal are and why those who will lose revenue are mad is ... boring. I've even taken to skipping the bad guys' dialogues.

    Surely Weber must be rich enough to hire a good editor. Wait until this one comes out in paperback or borrow a copy from the library.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Cyril Nampa, ID, United States 06-29-13
    Cyril Nampa, ID, United States 06-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Faster"
    Where does War Maid’s Choice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very top of the list. outstanding plot and story lines.


    What other book might you compare War Maid’s Choice to and why?

    Anything David has written. Wife is blind so she listens to books. went thru Honer Harrington series, Prince series and all related books plus War God series in less than 8 weeks. Love Weber and wants to know why he can't write as fast and she reads (listens). LOL. Had read Harrington series before she lost her sight. Listening to them was just as enjoyable and will start over listen to them again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clifford Hilliard, OH, United States 02-28-13
    Clifford Hilliard, OH, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2008
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    "How long will we have to wait for book 5"
    Would you listen to War Maid’s Choice again? Why?

    yes when book 5 comes out


    What does Nick Sullivan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought the performance was great


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to this series after my son told me it was one of his favorites. I was lucky enough to get to listen to all 4 books in a row and hope we do not have to wait years for book 5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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