Joel Shepherd
June 27, 2020 Comments.. 128
Sasha Joel Shepherd Sasha turns her back on her regal heritage, forsakes the life she could have as the princess in a rich kingdom, and trains instead to be a powerful warrior, fighting for the good of the people her father commands Sasha is a princess, the like of which the highland country of Lenayin has never seen before Spurning her royal heritage to be raised by the great warrior, KessSasha turns her back on her regal heritage, forsakes the life she could have as the princess in a rich kingdom, and trains instead to be a powerful warrior, fighting for the good of the people her father commands Sasha is a princess, the like of which the highland country of Lenayin has never seen before Spurning her royal heritage to be raised by the great warrior, Kessligh, her exquisite swordplay astonishes all who witness it But Sasha is still young, untested in battle and often led by her rash temper In the complex world of Lenayin loyalties, her defiant wilfulness is attracting the wrong kind of attention Lenayin is a land almost divided by its two faiths the Verenthane of the ruling classes and the pagan Goeren yai, amongst whom Sasha now lives The Goeren yai worship swordplay and honour and begin to see Sasha as the great spirit the Synnich who will unite them But Sasha is still searching for what she believes and must choose her side carefully When the Udalyn people the symbol of Goeren yai pride and courage are attacked, Sasha will face her moment of testing How will she act Is she ready to lead Can she be the saviour they need her to be. Sasha Sasha turns her back on her regal heritage forsakes the life she could have as the princess in a rich kingdom and trains instead to be a powerful warrior fighting for the good of the people her fat
  • Title: Sasha
  • Author: Joel Shepherd
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  • Page: 257
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    1. Kaitlin says:

      I listened to this book on audible as a kind of spur of the moment I want some good fantasy read and this certainly ticked all the good fantasy boxes I had in mind I would class this as an epic or classic fantasy crossover, becuase it s a longish read and it has some slower political moments, but this one is DEFINITELY way better with lady characters than a lot of the traditional classic epic fantasies I have read What I love about this story is that although we do get a fair few fantasy trope [...]

    2. Mike (the Paladin) says:

      My rating for this book changed a couple of time as I was reading itwhy Allow me to elaborate After all, the author loves elaborating.This is a medieval type fantasy with no magic to speak of in sight not a problem for me by the wayjust letting you know if it s important to you The book takes place basically in Lenayinor among its provinces Lenayin has 13 provinces, it also has either 3 religions or, accurately 2 religions and a philosophy The map of course shows 13 nations that s 12 beside Len [...]

    3. Tamora Pierce says:

      It s intricate and hard to get into at first, as the author throws a lot of world building and complex societies, peoples, and religions at you, but I kept reading and was rewarded with an outsider princess who took up a warrior s training to bring her closer to a beloved brother When he was killed, she stayed with it for his sake and for her own, not realizing that by becoming the favored student of her father s former top general and counselor, she has placed herself in the spot of a prophesie [...]

    4. Chris says:

      I think I would have enjoyed the book better if Sasha was not the only woman with skill and intelligence for most of the book She is the sterotypical only woman who can do anything right Still good world building Strangely, the best character is Sofy.

    5. Stefan says:

      Sasha is the first volume in A TRIAL OF BLOOD AND STEEL, a projected 4 book fantasy series by Australian author Joel Shepherd, who previously also published a science fiction trilogy called the CASSANDRA KRESNOV series His novels have been available in Australia for several years, and are now being released in the US thanks to Pyr, with Petrodor, the next volume in A TRIAL OF BLOOD AND STEEL, due out in March 2010 Based on the strength of Sasha, I expect Joel Shepherd to become a well known name [...]

    6. Laz the Sailor says:

      This book was recommended to me after I read The Warrior s Path There are some similarities in the setting, and the recommendation was valid.This book involves lots of sword fighting and palace intrigue There is no magic, and only a little mysticism There are religious aspects to the various nations and their conflicts Our heroine is raised to be an outstanding swordswoman who employs a style that takes advantage of her speed and grace while compensating for her smaller stature Despite being the [...]

    7. Clay Kallam says:

      Joel Shepherd s Sasha Pyr, 16, 514 pages is simply a tremendously satisfying fantasy that is a winner on pretty much all counts.The Australian author has started a new tetraology with Sasha called A Trial of Blood and Steel, and it s set on the typical pre industrial world, but with limited magic Since there are three other books to come, and Shepherd s intricate plots depend as much on political and economic issues as on interpersonal relationships, it takes him a while to set the scene But onc [...]

    8. Ladyk says:

      I was pleasantly surprised by this book I started it based on a recommendation but did not realize at first the author was male Call it what you will, I m typically rather annoyed with men who think they can write strong female characters without being patronizing or bigoted This time, however, I didn t feel that way I found myself relating rather strongly to the character s personality and becoming absorbed in the story Mayhaps that s an inditement of the recommender twitch Regardless, I read t [...]

    9. Sherwood Smith says:

      I nearly put this book down First, nearly all the names and made up terms had Y as the main or only vowel, which made them all look exactly the same to me In fact, I wish that y as a common vowel as well as indiscriminate sprinklings of apostrophes would go out of fashion in fantasy and SF real soon Then there were the long, long LONG Maid and Butler dialogues about religions, where everyone told each other at length what they didn t believe in, so why should the reader slog through this stuff B [...]

    10. Liviu says:

      Sadly I could not get into this one on several tries so I decided to fast browse it and the prose made me cringe to the end I either did not get it and the novel is humorous in its pomposity and repeated use of big words , or it wants to be serious and then it just does not work naming conventions also grate badly I hope it will find its audience, but I am not it, or at least not right now

    11. April says:

      I ve put this one aside for now I don t think I m in the right frame of mind for this one It feels as if I missed out on a previous book as I don t know enough there are too many cultures, religions etc to understand the political upheaval going on in the story and I have no idea who is what and where I may come back at some later date when my brain feels up to the challenge.Probably not coming back to this one Zero interest in the story so far DNF

    12. Laer Carroll says:

      Shepherd brings to this fantasy series the same thoughtful detailed world building he did to his Kassandra Kresnov SF trilogy The details and explanations are worked into the action so discreetly that you hardly notice it The story moves right along, and you are immersed in this other world.

    13. Anna says:

      I m going to have to DNF this book though I don t think 6 pages even counts as started because I just can t.Like Get this Rural Goeren yai and city Verenthanes The old Lenayin, and the new The Goeren yai believed in the ancient spirits of Lenay Hills, the Verenthane in the foreign, lowlands gods Sasha was born Verenthane but lived amongst the Goren yaid was raised by Kessligh as Nasi Keth, the followers of the teachings of the far off Saalshen Like, just try reading that out loud.Who the fuck ca [...]

    14. ♥ Ashleigh ♥contrary to popular belief i"m not actually mad! says:

      Im rating this book 3.5 Stars The reason behind this is because for most of the book i thought it was only okay good but the last 20% was pretty awesome, i was tempted to go with 4 stars, but i just dont think only 20% no matter how good deserves a whole extra star So there we have it 3.5w onto the actual good bit _ What i liked The world was incredibly well done, and i dont have much problems picturing it in my mind, especially Udalyn, which sounded incredibly and somewhere i d love to visit Th [...]

    15. Tiyrna Nightschild says:

      I loved it The world was imaginative and awesome, and the clans and families realistic, characters believable and strong I like how the characters grow and develop their world views throughout the course of this book, not only Sasha, but semi SPOILER Damon and Sofy and Jaryd and Daryd as well SPOILERS AHEAD Sasha wasn t my favorite character, but surprisingly reading the book through her as the main character did not bother me very much, for although she was childish and infuriatingly blind and [...]

    16. Coucher de soleil says:

      I enjoyed this one it was a fine read in the epic fantasy genre Good points The world building was amazing the author has built a complex and vivid world with a rich and detailed history I very much liked the fact that this history is there, yet it was not dunped as in an infodump on the reader Rather, the book lets the reader enter the world and discover its history as events progressed In particular, the nascent civil war in which the characters become embroiled is introduced as is the relevan [...]

    17. Mallori says:

      I picked up this book after it was recommended as the one I m steering my own daughter to first when she s ready for adult SFFThe books are written with an understanding of what someone can and cannot realistically do when they weigh half as much as their opponent This, it turns out, is a surprising amount I find the realistically empowered female lead so much refreshing than the sort of Buffy style waif who can fight only because they have some inherited magical ability that sets them apart fr [...]

    18. Chris says:

      This was a very nice break for me as it has been quite awhile since I delved into a this genre I have stirred clear of the Kings and Midevil times in order to let the dust settle on these type of books, but with a great price on Kindle and an interesting premise, I took the leap and was rewarded for my gamble.The story does begin in a confusing manner as you are introduced to a plethora of characters while the reader is also being introduced into the story s world It did indeed take me a few re [...]

    19. Ryne says:

      This is one of the longest books I ve ever read, or at the very least it took the longest That said, I loved every moment It felt so fresh and unique and every character showed development and depth, I couldn t get enough I categorize this as a fantasy novel simply from the fact it s medieval fiction There s no magic and only one non human race in the Serrin, a somewhat elven or vulcan like race that appear human despite them making it very clear they aren t Sasha is possibly one of the best fem [...]

    20. Kala says:

      This book started out a five, went to a three, and finished at a four Barely.I really liked the main character she was headstrong and stubborn and had her faults but the author showed by the actions of those around her that she deserved the starring role in the novel even when she was full of self doubt There was evidence of change and real character development as well.For once, you didn t get the boring backstory that in a movie becomes a training montage But in a sense this is also the book s [...]

    21. Anabella Gomez says:

      This is amazing You know a book is incredible when you have so many things to do and you just CAN T stop reading i mean, I had a physics test, math quiz, physics lab, english project, and I knew I had to do it i was like Okay, one chapter and I swear I have to at least do half the lab to read another LIES I read the whole book Im weak That is how good this book is.You re maybe wondering if she s just a superficial badass girl that complains throughout the book She is very realistic and so are th [...]

    22. Tamara says:

      This would have to be one of the best fantasy books I ve read in a long time Contrary to what a lot of other people thought, I found myself dragged into the book s story from the first page and I couldn t put it down I loved the intriguing politics and philosophical aspects of this series it was in depth than you usually get from a fantasy book and really gets you thinking at times I loved Sasha as a character, though I often found myself wincing at some of the things she said or did, but part [...]

    23. Darcey says:

      While there were a fair number of info dumps, the complexity of the book and the fact that they didn t detract overmuch stands to do them well Sashandra Sasha Lenayin is the protagonist and former princess of Lenay, who left her family to spend time with a brother she loved a brother who died and she took over from, as far as swordwork goes The family relations are complex and pit Sasha against her kin, even as she has to pit her ideals and her dreams against those of friends and enemies and tha [...]

    24. Brittany says:

      For those like me who cannot get enough fantasy read this book What I really loved about this book is the complexity of the politics and history that Shepherd has created People are saying that they couldn t get into and that they feel as though they are missing a book that should be at the start you obviously are not a true fantasy lover I have read extensively and this book is incredibly easy to follow and once I started I had a lot of trouble putting it down to go to sleep I do feel that this [...]

    25. Deborah says:

      Sasha is a princess who leaves her place in the kingdom to train in combat with a highly respected war hero and talented warrior When the unity of the land is threatened by hot headed nobles, Sasha finds herself leading the pagan minority a job she never envisioned nor asked for She also finds that living the principles of her training first hand is completely different from learning them and thinking she knew how the world worked.A glossary and a map would have been a nice addition Luckily ther [...]

    26. Craig says:

      Don t agree with the complaints about the first half of the book It may not have the action of the last half, but such world building is necessary and in this case was mostly very well done, although some was a little too indirect which led to some temporary confusion for me The political, social, and religious situation is satisfyingly complex and the heroes heroines aren t over the top Quite an excellent start Re read, 8 13 An excellent, 4.5 star introduction to the series Re read, 8 15 What t [...]

    27. Scott James says:

      While reading this book, I honestly thought to myself, why did I waste so much time on Song of Ice and Fire I then castigated myself for waiting so long to read it I ve had it on my kindle for months I found Sasha to be an entertaining and refreshing story about the balance between privilege and responsibility I like my fantasy magic free when I can get it, and the way Shepherd balances religion s and philosophy was spot on for the culture he presented.I feel somewhat lucky that I m coming into [...]

    28. Leah Morris says:

      I gave up on this book Too predictable All the characters seemed to have been included by following a checklist Princess turned bad assed fighter who is estranged from her family Yep.Mentor who is a well respected war hero Yep.Older brother who is a pain in the butt Yep.Potential love interest who is seems like a foppish aristocrat Yep.When Sasha had her first real temper tantrum I chucked it in.Kassandra Kresnov had personality and depth And her story was compelling And she wasn t even human. [...]

    29. Hilary says:

      Heroic fantasy, definitely moving towards a saga It took me longer than I d like to really get into this, mainly because there existed a plethora of tribes, languages and similar names Despite that, I loved the characters their struggles and character flaws were realistic, as were there relationships They kept me reading, though I found it hard to keep some of the outliers straight, and will get me into book 2 And I ll reread this one at some point, to fill in the gaps from the links I missed be [...]

    30. Lisa Richards says:

      While I read this book years ago, It was so good, I have to write something about the book Sasha.The way Joel Shepherd writes in this series, captures you and keeps you reading, you don t want to put the book down and amazingly my husband and myself both loved this book something that doesn t often happen, due to liking different genres , and the A trial of blood and steel series Sasha is a strong female character that you want to travel on the journey with her as she discovers what she believes [...]

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