Mystic and Rider by Sharon Shinn
(The Twelve Houses, Book 1)

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Gillengaria seethes with unrest. In the south, hostility toward magic and its users has risen to a dangerous level, though King Baryn has ordered that such mystics are to be tolerated. It is whispered that he issued the decree because his new wife used her magic powers to ensnare him… The King knows there are those in the noble Twelve Houses who could use this growing dissent to overthrow him. So he dispatches the mystic Senneth to assess the threat throughout the realm. Accompanying her is a motley band of magic-users and warriors including Tayse, first among the King’s Riders—who holds a hard view of mystics in general, and Senneth in particular. But as the unlikely allies venture farther into the south, they will face death in a land under the sway of a fanatical cult that would purge Gillengaria of all magic users. And they will come to realize that their only hope of survival lies in standing together…


About Sharon Shinn

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Sharon Shinn is a graduate of Northwestern University, and has lived in the Midwest most of her life.
Published February 28, 2006 by Ace. 421 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Shinn's spellbinding characterizations, especially that of the hard-bitten Tayse, who loses his heart to the powerful yet vulnerable Senneth, animate this familiar parade of shifting political alliances and disparate adventurers who gradually bond.

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The metaphor here is a little obvious – insert your favorite persecuted minority for comparison – and the fact that all of the mystics represented are good and righteous people makes the book teeter a bit on the moralistic side, but there is still a good deal of enjoyable vicarious championing of...

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King Baryn orders the mystic Senneth to journey through the realm of Gillengaria to find out how the nobles feel about his rule because rumors persist that the aristocracy is unhappy.

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