Freedom's Gate by Naomi Kritzer

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From the acclaimed author of Fires of the Faithful comes the tale of an impetuous young woman, freeborn in a world of slavery and magic. Twenty-year-old Lauria is the favorite aide to Kyros, a powerful military officer. On his authority, she is messenger, observer, and spy. But now she is entrusted with a mission more dangerous than any that have come before Freedom's Gate.

After years of relative peace, word has come to Kyros’s compound that the bandit tribe known as the Alashi is planning an offensive. It is up to Lauria to infiltrate the Alashi by posing as an escaped slave—a charge that requires she serve in the household of a neighboring officer. From there, she will stage an escape and continue on in her guise as a runaway. But posing as a slave—a virgin concubine,
no less—may prove the least of her troubles. For even if she does escape and the Alashi do accept her, how can this freeborn woman convince them she is slave, not spy? And, worse, what if her own views are gradually changing, calling everything she believes about her world into question?


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About Naomi Kritzer

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Naomi Kritzer grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, a small lunar colony populated mostly by PhDs. She moved to Minnesota to attend college; after graduating with a BA in Religion, she became a technical writer. She now lives in Minneapolis with her family. Fires of the Faithful was her first novel, followed shortly thereafter by Turning the Storm. She is currently working on the sequel to Freedom's Gate.
 
Published April 26, 2005 by Spectra. 384 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The first book in Kritzer's new Dead Rivers trilogy is set in a fantasy version of ancient Earth, where the vanquished Greek Empire has risen again to ruthless power with the aid of the witch-l

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Blades swing and arrows fly in the action-packed second installment in Kritzer's Dead Rivers trilogy (after Freedom's Gate ), set in an exotic ancient world that resembles Alexander the Great's Persian empire, except for its genies, flying chariots, "spell stone" necklaces and other magical accou...

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The first book in Kritzer's new Dead Rivers trilogy is set in a fantasy version of ancient Earth, where the vanquished Greek Empire has risen again to ruthless power with the aid of the witch-like Sisterhood of Weavers and their captive djinni .

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