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Ethrea is an island in the center of the most important shipping route in the world. For 400 years, it has been a land of peace and impregnable security, a perfect trading hub - and a keeper of secrets.

The King of Ethrea is dying. His only surviving heir is the princess Rhian. But if her enemies have their way, Ethrea will not be ruled by a woman.

Dexterity Jones is a toymaker. To protect Princess Rhian and his country, he must place his trust in an exile from Mijak.

Yet as Ethrea comes ever closer to civil war, a greater danger awaits. Across the sea, an empress has already slaughtered millions in the name of her god. And the war will not end - until the world kneels before her.

©2009 Karen Miller; (P)2009 Tantor

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Excellent balance to the harsh nature of Book 1

This second book of The Godspeaker Trilogy demonstrates the incredible talent of Karen Miller to create and convey culture and its impact on the characters. It is almost a completely different book from the first book which presented a very harsh environment and people. This book presents a world and culture to which we westerners are far more accustomed. The characters, as always, are vividly presented and the narrator does the most incredible job of bringing each and everyone alive to the listener. The narrator reminds me of the narrator for The Innocent Mage and The Awakened Mage. She is the perfect compliment to the author's words and creation. In the first book, it was very difficult to feel much love for the characters as their world was so extreme and harsh. Though I will admit I did find a way to see past most of this and find something to like about most of them. This book is possibly a direct opposite with a world more sensitive and caring and the characters are so easy to like.
I recommend both books, but be aware that the first one may be difficult to listen to at times. This book though is never outside our realm of understanding and begins to explain much of the reasons behind what happened in the first book. They are both worthy of five stars in my opinion, just very different in the story they tell.

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