In Legend Born by Laura Resnick

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This is the story of Sileria and its oppressed tribes, who have for centuries been crushed under the boot of successive conquerors. Despite their indomitable spirit - or perhaps because of it - the Silerians have spent more time fighting amongst themselves than against their oppressors, most recently the loathsome Valdani. Tansen is the prophesied warrior who will drive out the Valdani, but his path is strewn with terrible obstacles. As word of his coming spreads, he joins with the infamous thief Josarian, who becomes the leader of a cadre as strange and disparate as the tribes of Sileria themselves: an assassin who has sworn to kill him; a highborn lady who spies on the enemy from within their own palace; and a water wizard whose enormous power could prove invaluable, if he doesn't betray them first.

About Laura Resnick

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Laura Resnick was born in Chicago, Illinois. A childhood of being thrown by horses, bitten by dogs, and terrorized by the Resnicks' notorious exploding water well helped prepare her adequately for her future in the publishing industry. Resnick went on to study French, Italian, and linguistics at Georgetown, graduating "cum laude," Shortly thereafter, she tramped around most of the Old World, looking at lots of cool paintings, working in France, and winding up on a kibbutz in Israel for a while. She studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in London, and spent a volatile but happy year teaching English at the University of Palermo in Italy. By the time she was thirty, Resnick had sold a dozen romance novels, all but one of them written under the pseudonym Laura Leone, and "Romantic Times "magazine named her the best new writer in her genre. She then went on an overland journey across Africa. Everything you could ever want to know about that 8-month journey is recounted in the award-winning nonfiction book, "A Blonde In Africa." While she was in Africa, Resnick won the John W. Campbell Award as Best New Science Fiction/Fantasy Writer in recognition of the short stories she had been writing. Having thus warmed up her muscles, she wrote her first fantasy novel, "In Legend Born" -- a project which made crossing Africa overland seem easy by comparison.
Published August 1, 1998 by Tor Books. 464 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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