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Michelle West

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3. Januar 2012 House War (Buch 4)

At long last, Jewel is preparing to announce her candidacy to become the next Terafin and claim the House Seat. But it is a decision that has her targeted by demons who will stop at nothing to destroy Jewel and her allies as the House War begins...

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"House Name is lush, richly intricate, heartbreaking in its subtle dealings with Jay and her den. Jay is charismatic, deeply compelling, and her story kept me rooting for her.... The story sucked me in and didn't spit me out until the very end.… West has a brilliant hand in detail, in weaving in background to fuel the story without being clunky and boring, and in creating a luxuriously textured world that is at once familiar and strange. Some say Michelle West has been propelled into the ranks of George R. R. Martin and Robin Hobb—I say that she's been there all along and it's about time she was noticed as such."
(Night Owl Reviews)

"[City of Night] is a super action oriented investigative fantasy in an incredible world as Michelle West makes her empire and capital seem as if it comes from ancient history books rather than her imagination. The cast is strong especially the lead couple who are clearly devoted to one another with each wanting to keep the other safe. However, it is the city and its undercity that spellbinds the audience as no one knows what is coming to the surface from below."
(Alternative Worlds)

"Fans of award-winning Toronto fantasy writer Michelle West will be delighted with this return to the vivid and detailed universe of the Sacred Hunt and the Sun Sword series…. In a richly woven world, and with a cast of characters that ranges from traumatized street kids to the wealthy heads of the most prominent houses in Averalaan, West pulls no punches as she hooks readers in with her bold and descriptive narrative."
(Quill & Quire (for The Hidden City))

"This is a compelling story with riveting and finely wrought characters that will keep you up well into the night. This story will go down as one of the best novels in its genre, propelling West into the ranks of Robin Hobb and George R.R. Martin. It's simply a great read, don't miss it."
( (for The Hidden City))

"I am glad I read it. It is out of the ordinary for a fantasy tale, and is a Hamlet rather than a Henry V."
(Grasping for the Wind (for The Hidden City))

"Ms. West is able to develop in the reader a true sense of emotional connection to the characters.  These are people who've been in my life since the late '90's and, like George R.R. Martin's characters, they feel like family.  I'm much closer to Sagara's characters, but that's not surprising since that emotional attachment and the growth and development of the characters is central to the story of struggle.... I loved this book, as I've loved all of her books.  If you're new to this kind of writing and have read George R.R. Martin's series and enjoyed it, I highly recommend these books." 
(Chaotic Compendiums (for Skirmish))

"I really enjoyed this book. I’ve been waiting a long time to see what happens after the events covered by The Sun Sword and finally, we have it."
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Michelle West is the author of three interconnected series: The Sacred Hunt duology, the six-volume Sun Sword series, and The House War novels. She has published numerous short stories, as well as fantasty novels, under her maiden name, Michelle Sagara. She was a two-time nominee for the Campbell Award. She works part-time at BAKKA Books, one of Toronto's larger bookstores, and writes a column for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. She can contacted via her website, 

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I have to admit that I've found the first three books of the House Wars series trying. Not that they aren't good books, or that I haven't enjoyed reading them, but to be honest they felt in large part like a re-hash of material that I'd already read.

Yes, they contained necessary information. Yes, they contained scenes that weren't in previous books. Yes, they revealed motivatons and character background that explained later events. But, they were basically aimed at expanding previously published material. The scenes were often provided with a different viewpoint, and much of the material provided a look at events and scenes that weren't covered in the previous books, but it still felt like I was marking time reading these books.

I've been following the series since Hunter's Oath, and the first three books felt very much like a replay of the material covered in Hunter's Oath and Hunter's Death. So much so that I was disappointed that they didn't move faster and cover more material.

Now at last we've reached the point where the Sun Sword books ended and the storyline is at last advancing again. The Terafin is dead, and Jewel and her allies must deal with the aftermath. Jewel has to deal with her guilt over being elsewhere when Amarais, The Terafin, her mentor and in many ways adoptive mother, died. She must also learn to deal with the politics of the situation and the ongoing threat, not merely to herself and her den, but to House Terafin and the Empire itself. In fact, the situation is dire.

The book covers a relatively short period of time, mere days or perhaps a week, but there are major developments. It is obvious that Jewel intends to take control of House Terafin, to become The Terafin, and this book shows the opening moves in that struggle. And Jewel must not only deal with the machinations of the various factions within House Terafin, or the Imperial Court, but with the Kialli (demons), the Exalted (godborn), the Sacred (priests), and the Gods themselves. Powers are awakening and moving in the background, and the Empire and its citizens are forced to deal with the repercussions.

In the Sun Sword books, Jewel faced the Wild Hunt and the Winter Queen. Winter should be ending and Summer beginning, but things aren't that simple. The Hidden Ways where the First Born dwell are beginning to intrude on everyday reality. The Gods and their children are worried about what is happening, and Jewel is apparently a catalyst or perhaps more accurately one of the catalysts for the forthcoming changes.

Michelle West once again proves that she is a compelling author. She reveals just enough to draw you in, without entirely revealing the mysteries that she holds for future books. After finishing this book, I have a whole list of questions that demand answers, and a burning desire to read the next book in the series, something that the last three books didn't inspire. Now, I find myself terrribly impatient, waiting for the next volume.

If you like Michelle West's writing, and have read the earlier books in the series, by all means read this book! If you haven't been following the series, then I would recommend going back and starting from the beginning with the books Hunter's Oath & Hunter's Death, or at the very least reading the Sun Sword series before you begin the House Wars books. There is simply too much background information necessary to follow it all without those as a prelude.

This is a good book and a good read. I intend to recommend it to all my friends.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Buy everything she's written. Period. 6. Januar 2012
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To my mind, Michelle Sagara West is one of the best fantasists writing now. She's an astonishingly inventive author who's written some of the most deeply-felt, beautiful and engrossing books in the past 20 years or so. Her characters are real people with distinct, consistent and engaging voices, and the worlds she immerses you in are as fascinating and powerful as the best myths. There's so much truth, pain and beauty in her stories, and it makes them so compelling that it's hard for me to pay attention to the world around me while I'm reading her work. She's so good that I buy multiple copies of her books just to increase the chances that they'll still be around for other people to discover and enjoy.

Skirmish continues the story of Jewel and House Terafin from the point where it was left in the final book in West's previous series, The Sun Sword The Sun Sword (The Sun Sword, Book 6). I agree with West's strong suggestion that if you haven't read the Sun Sword series, (6 books, beginning with The Broken Crown The Broken Crown (The Sun Sword, Book 1)), you should do it before reading this book. Even better would be to start off with the first two books set in the world of the Sun Sword and House Wars series, Hunter's Oath (Daw Book Collectors)and Hunter's Death Hunter's Death, then continue on with The Sun Sword series. You'll have a richer understanding of the world in which Skirmish is set and of the characters involved, as well as a clearer idea of the context in which Skirmish's events take place.

One of the hardest things for me about the Sun Sword (besides the fact that it was the last book of the series and I really didn't want it to be over) was not finding out much about what happened once Jewel returned to Terafin. I know why West had to leave things so unresolved--because she had so many and complex threads to weave together that there wasn't room for all of Jewel's story too--but when you care so much about a character, it's hard to wait before knowing what happens to them next. Skirmish is a very satisfying book that spans the time from Jewel's arrival back at House Terafin from the Southern war, to the last day of Amarais Handernesse Terafin's funeral rites, and mostly centers on how Jewel begins to acknowledge her own power and grow into a person who can be trusted to protect the people and places she cares about most. Given how stubborn, unpolished and ruled by her heart Jewel has been in the previous books, I've never been quite sure how West was going to persuade her to show the rest of House Terafin that she was capable of being its leader, but West does it here, and in some totally unexpected and gorgeously creative ways. Skirmish is a thoroughly rewarding installment in the House War series; I'm grateful to hear more of Jewel's story and very eager to see what happens next.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen As always a pleasure 19. Januar 2012
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As all of Michelle's books in the world of the sun sword, the latest installment of house war is a detailed, character and epic story driven tour de force. She continually evokes caring for her characters and a sense of wonder.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beautiful and Intricate 19. April 2013
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This book offers the intricate plotting and beautiful descriptive detail I have come to expect from Michelle West. I can read and re-read her books dozens of times, finding something new and recalling something loved in each read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen So good.... 27. Februar 2014
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I was so sad when I reached the last page! I just wanted this to go on for as long as the books in the main series. And this is after I almost had to stop reading the series after the last book. That one scene.

At first I didn't know what to make of the cats or the Winter King, although I love Celleriant. I get a little twitchy every time I think Avandar is sending romantic vibes Jewel's way, like when he first saw her in the dress. But Jewel's character arc is so strong, so compelling, I'm having trouble not staying up all night to read these. I also enjoyed seeing the rest of her den get a little more attention.

I love the rest of her novels. I'd certainly recommend these as well.
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