But now they have reached Blue Isle, where there dwells a people of simplicity and faith, untainted by war. Yet as they face invasion, the Islanders discover a deadly undreamed-of power of their own. So begins a conflict that must destroy one race or the other--or maybe both. Paperback , pages. Published December 1st by Spectra Books first published The Fey 1 , Das Buch der Fey 1. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Sacrifice , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is long.
It's really, really long. It seems even longer than it really is because so much happens so quickly. It's actually even longer because there are four more books in the series and this first installment doesn't resolve one gosh-darn thing. I liked the characters and there were some interesting magical aspects to this fantasy. However, it did get pretty repetitious. It was also very predictable because it starts out with a vision that tells you that the Fey warrior princess and This book is long. It was also very predictable because it starts out with a vision that tells you that the Fey warrior princess and the Islander prince are going to be in love.
It's not only a self-contained spoiler, but I'm pretty sure the incident in the princess' vision won't even happen until a book or two down the line. I was really surprised at the imbalance between male and female characters. Only 1 of the 6 or more primary characters was female. There were only two other female point-of-view characters and we don't get very much from one of them. The female characters do seem to be a bit better developed than the males, but not by much. Considering that the Fey treat females as full equals to males, it surprised me that women had such a small part.
The audio production of this book was serviceable. View all 3 comments. Feb 28, Melissa McShane rated it liked it Shelves: I read this as part of the workshop I'm attending in April, and one of the rules is that we're to read the books for enjoyment--not analyzing or looking at them like a writer. I originally decided that meant I wouldn't review the books at all, but I changed my mind last night. I did my best to follow instructions, but I don't think it means I can't look back on it and think about what I liked, or didn't like. I have to just give up and admit I don't like epic fantasy anymore.
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My reaction to this I read this as part of the workshop I'm attending in April, and one of the rules is that we're to read the books for enjoyment--not analyzing or looking at them like a writer. My reaction to this book was not excitement, it wasn't dislike, it was pure impatience.
There are about a million POV characters and we don't stay with any of them long enough to build up a rapport.
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It took me maybe a hundred pages to start caring about any of them. Also, I felt like a thousand-year-old grouch because the two "main" characters are both 18 and stupid and selfish, and while it's clear the story is set up to explore their growth as characters, I didn't like either of them well enough to care. It's not that the story isn't interesting. It's basically about a race of magickal oh do I hate that spelling creatures who are bent on conquering the world, and their attempted invasion of a strategically placed island that turns out to have a secret weapon that's the only thing that's ever stopped the invaders anywhere in the world.
My biggest problem at the beginning was that I saw no reason to admire the invaders, because their desires are purely selfish, but half the POVs are their people and it's clear we're meant to feel at least a little And maybe I'm wrong, and this is a brilliant tactic, but it just irritated me. This is book one of a seven-book series, but I won't be continuing it. Recommended for fans of epic fantasy who have more patience than I do. Jewel is the grand-daughter of the Black King, the ruler of the Fey. The Fey have conquered half the world and have set their sights on the other half.
The only thing standing in their way is Blue Isle - an island known for trade and not warfare.
Jewel and her father travel to Blue Isle for what they expect will be a swift victory. But they - and the Islanders - are about to discover a tide-changing secret. I read this series for the first time more than a decade ago. I remembered enjoying the ba Jewel is the grand-daughter of the Black King, the ruler of the Fey.
I remembered enjoying the balance of war and romance very much the first time around and I hoped I would enjoy it a second time. As an older reader, I do notice holes in it that I didn't when I was younger, but for all that, it is a compelling story that kept me turning pages, even though I know what happens.
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Jewel is only one of an array of interesting characters. Kristine Kathryn Rusch takes the opportunity to examine Fey and Islander societies from multiple vantage points - from those their people judge important to those they consider negligible.
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My favourite characters were Scavenger - a member of the least important Fey known as Red Caps who have no magic and are consequently considered without value - and Matthias - an Elder in a religion which he's not sure he accepts. Though the story switches characters throughout, the pace never flags and each chapter carries the story forward. Definitely worth a read. A VERY long book. And, again, "especially seeing as nothing much happened. Basically, the book is about drow not that they're called that attacking humans and humans realizing "oh my god, we have magic too!
Rusch, when she was 2. Rusch, when she wasn't railroading the plot, made certain that each side was pretty equally balanced, so that the characters only had one resolution. A resolution that we were told from the very beginning of the book they'd have. From being given the end of the book at the very beginning, I suppose it made sense that the rest of the story was as predictable, but that was still disappointing to have happen.
The female lead character was disagreeable, but then again, that's what you'd expect from the "drow. May 13, Harper Valentine rated it it was ok. Blue Isle has been impenetrable to the Black Kings forces the whole time the empire grows around it, now he has decided it's time the mysterious island and its people were brought into the fold.
An invasion force lead by the mountain climbers and sea sprits get a foothold and soon the rest of the Fey land ready to take over the little island nation. This all happens in the first chapter so I'm not ruining anything I promise. The Fey use magic, they are faerie people, with shape shifters,Wisps, G Blue Isle has been impenetrable to the Black Kings forces the whole time the empire grows around it, now he has decided it's time the mysterious island and its people were brought into the fold. The Fey use magic, they are faerie people, with shape shifters,Wisps, Gollum, Redcaps, Visionaries and all many of different types of faery and they are unstoppable.
That is until they try to defeat the religious sector of Blue Isle. What follows is an epic battle and game of wits and strategy, as well as the most cunning and dangerous plans, all with strange magics that the islanders denounce and the Empire embrace, but all is not so black and white - it never is! So you have no excuse not to read it. This is a perfect excuse of why you shouldn't re-read a favourite book. I wanted to share this book with a friend, so I gave her a copy, 3 months later she still hadn't mentioned it, so I suggested reading it together.
Whether it's that I have grown as a reader having put pen to paper that sounds better than 'fingers to keys' and written my own works of fiction, or a case of seeing the book through someone else's eyes, but the book suddenly seemed so slow. A third of the way through I realised this book takes so long for anything to happen. What I once took for beautiful deep details, is more long drawn out chapters where KKR over emphasises the smallest of details time and again.
It was a series that truly inspired me at a younger age, but now it has been surpassed and I am sad about that. Nov 06, Mathew Walls rated it liked it Shelves: I haven't enjoyed a fantasy series this much in a long while. There's nothing groundbreaking about this one, but it is well-written and is refreshingly free of Chosen Ones and great evils. Reminds me of Magician in that way, and also in that it focuses on an ensemble cast rather than a central protagonist.
I also liked the way it showed both sides from their own perspective, not making one side the good guys and the others the bad guys although it does seem a little stacked against the Fey in th I haven't enjoyed a fantasy series this much in a long while. I also liked the way it showed both sides from their own perspective, not making one side the good guys and the others the bad guys although it does seem a little stacked against the Fey in that regard.
Hopefully the rest of this series continues as it began. It did annoy me a little bit that neither side seemed to take advantage of some very important information they received, specifically the Islanders discovering the Shadowlands entrance and the Fey finding out that only two people knew how to make the holy water. The Islanders should have made a big tub, sat it under the Shadowlands entrance, and filled it with holy water. Any Fey who steps out dies.
The Fey should simply have killed the Rocaan and Matthias. But other than that it was good. Jun 17, Denise rated it really liked it Shelves: The people of the bountiful Blue Isle are inexperienced in the ways of war, living lived in peace for centuries. To the Fey, bent on conquest, they seem like an easy target - but the Fey invasion meets unexpected resistance, resulting in a bloody stalemate that lasts for months. To break it, both Fey and Islanders will have to see beyond their traditions to find a way out that won't lead to either faction's complete annihilation.
I picked this up at a whim at a second hand store a few years ago, The people of the bountiful Blue Isle are inexperienced in the ways of war, living lived in peace for centuries. I picked this up at a whim at a second hand store a few years ago, despite the questionable 90s cover. Following several characters on both sides of the conflict, the story quickly drew me in and proved a surprisingly quick read for its length by virtue of being extremely hard to put down. Looking forward to the next book.
Jun 30, Diane rated it liked it Shelves: I really like her Retrieval Artist series much more than this book. It just seemed to drag on until the ending which seemed rushed. May 23, Gretchen rated it it was amazing. Mar 06, Peter Smith rated it really liked it.
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I really enjoyed Rusch's rendition of the Fey as a conquering race with a complex culture based on what is essentially a caste system. Where you wind up in the Fey hierarchy depends on how your magick manifests. I've seen complaints that the book is too long and that not enough happens in it. It's hard to debate the second point, but the author uses the technique of devoting each chapter to the viewpoint of a specific character, and her chapters are very short I lost track somewhere past chapte I really enjoyed Rusch's rendition of the Fey as a conquering race with a complex culture based on what is essentially a caste system.
It's hard to debate the second point, but the author uses the technique of devoting each chapter to the viewpoint of a specific character, and her chapters are very short I lost track somewhere past chapter 80 and she has a lot of diverse characters. For me at least, this style kept me turning pages even if, from a "big picture" point of view there wasn't a huge amount of action. I never felt that "Sheesh will this book ever end?
Rusch creates interesting characters with often subtle flaws if they are even flaws and no one in the book really felt like a cardboard cutout. From the outside looking in they may seem to be evil incarnate but when you're seeing the world from the point of view of a Fey character things can seem very different. Two flaws kept this from being a 5 star book for me. The biggest was a pivotal scene at the end of the book that didn't make sense. Trying to stay vague here but a character moves through a group of enemies almost as if he was invisible, but he's not, so why was no one alarmed by his actions?
Second is the geography of Blue Island where the story takes place. This is me being an ass to some point, but Blue Island has never been invaded because there's only one navigable harbor and the channel in to it is so treacherous that without a guide no ship can make it through. That would be plausible if Blue Island were a small place, but it is large enough that the King talks about having to ship food to areas suffering from drought, and things like that, which imply that it's a very large island.
In my head it's the size of England perhaps? And imagining something that large having only one harbor stretches my suspension of disbelief. Like I said, me being an ass and this probably won't bother most people. If you enjoy character-driven fantasy, check this one out. I liked it enough that I immediately bought book 2 and will dive into it tonight. Aug 19, Debbie rated it really liked it. I listened to the audio version of this book, read by David DeSantos.
It was part of a marketing campaign where Audible. I was a little reluctant to read this because I thought it would be like the urban fantasy type stories so trendy today. Thank goodness I decided to give it a try. It's sword and sorcery fantasy, and would appeal to readers that like that genre. And Audible did a smart thing, giving away the first book - because they'll definitel I listened to the audio version of this book, read by David DeSantos. And Audible did a smart thing, giving away the first book - because they'll definitely get my money for the rest of the series.
The story takes place in an island country that is invaded by "The Fey" - brutal, beautiful, fighting people using sorcery to take over every country they come across. They've been successful, until they reach Blue Isle. The island is home to a people that are peaceful, devoted to their religious beliefs. The Fey are amazed that these simple people seem to have a magic greater than their own; strong enough to create a poison that will kill the Fey instantly.
The poison is really the holy water used in religious ceremonies by the islanders. Their religious leader is appalled that this symbol of their belief has become a weapon of murder. One review I read said that the characters in this book were inconsistent and kept changing. I think the author was just very adept at creating a first impression and then exposing the motivations and depth of the characters through the plot.
The audio presentation of this book was very well done. David DeSantos conveyed each character's voice, making it easy to follow who was speaking and who was the focus. I have four more books too look forward to in this series, and can't wait to get into them. Nov 30, Roberta rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The first in a series. I bought 4 of the 5 books back when I was pregnant with my daughter and found out that the fourth book was out of print, so I didn't read them. Now 8 years later, I've started the series. We have in this book a world not our own with a race called the Fey who are exceedingly war-like and magical.
Turns out that the Blue Islanders have holy water that thinks the Fey are demons and the easily thought to conquer people are beating them. The prince's daughter, Jewel, wants to try different tactics, but her father ignores her. The prince of the Blue Islanders, Nicholas, wants his father to be more decisive.
What happens is a very interesting tale about two very different cultures. Rusch pulls in ideas of faeries from our own mythology and gives it a unique spin of her own. Redcaps are the scavengers of the dead and have no magic, and Doppelgangers are brought in as well but those are the only names from western mythology she uses other than fey. The magic system is interesting not quite like any I've seen. The Blue Islanders have a religion with a sacrificial man similar to Christ; very fascinating. Overall, a very good story.
Not the best I've ever read, but certain very good and I'm already starting the second book. May 23, Vernon Ray rated it really liked it. This book runs long. I am usually forgiving of that in a fantasy because many fantasies are about spending time in the fantasy world. Unfortunately you reach a point where you have fully explored Blue Isle and the dynamics of the two peoples, and that point is only halfway through the book. From the Long Story Short: From there there is this sort of holding pattern where everyone is pretty much sitting around trying to figure out what to do.
Honestly, I think it could shed thirty chapters and come out ahead. Also bad about it being long is that there are a few storylines that didn't tie up, it was worse because many of those characters were the ones I cared most about. So why four stars? The battle scene is excellent and makes you wish for more. Nicholas, heir to Blue Isle's throne, has always dreamed of battle.
Normally, he would be no match for the powerful Fey. But Blue Isle has a secret weapon-a weapon no one understands, a weapon that could stop the Fey in their tracks. Nicholas must find a way to harness this amazing power. Jewel must find a way to thwart him. To survive, one of them must make the ultimate sacrifice. A fast-paced, vibrant novel, filled with memorable characters, Sacrifice begins a saga that will take readers to a richly imagined world, filled with magic, treachery, and unexpected love.
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