Sasha by Joel Shepherd

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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?

About Joel Shepherd

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Joel Shepherd was born in Adelaide, South Australia, in 1974, but when he was seven his family moved to Perth in Western Australia. He studied film and television at Curtin University but realized that what he really wanted to do was write stories. His first manuscript was short-listed for the George Turner Prize in 1998, and Crossover was short-listed in 1999.
Published January 27, 2011 by Pyr. 426 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In fact, Sasha is a Nasi-Keth, a third religion that has some relationship to the serrin, a non-human race that lives on earth – in fact, which populates the holiest land of the Verenthanes – but whose origins are unexplained in this novel.

Dec 14 2009 | Read Full Review of Sasha

Grasping For The Wind

The pseudo-historical epic fantasy Sasha continues Shepherds trend by introducing the reader to Sashandra “Sasha” Lenayin, former princess and student to the greatest swordsman the nation of Lenayin has ever seen.

Oct 26 2009 | Read Full Review of Sasha

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