The Prize in the Game by Jo Walton

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When a friendly competition leads to the death of a beloved horse and incurs the wrath of the Horse Goddess, the kingdoms of the island of Tir Isarnagiri are doomed to suffer. As the goddess' curse chases them down the years, four friends destined for kingship-Conal, Emer, Darag, and Ferdia-are forced into conflict as their countries build towards war.

Matters are complicated when Emer and Conal fall in love, and dream of escaping together from the machinations of their respective families. But Conal and Ferdia are rivals for the High Kingship of the island, and Conal cannot simply leave. The contest between them will lead to a visionary quest on a mountain sacred to the gods-and terrifying to men.

Yet Emer faces an even greater struggle. For when war finally comes, Emer has two choices: perform her duty to the homeland to which she owes everything, or protect the one she loves and be branded a traitor forever. The path she takes will become the stuff of legend, and forever alter the destiny of Tir Isarnagiri.

Set in the world of Jo Walton's previous novels, The King's Peace and The King's Name, this book takes us to a shining era of dark powers, legendary heroes and passionate loves-all of them ruled by the hand of Fate.

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About Jo Walton

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JO WALTON’s novel Tooth and Claw won the World Fantasy Award, and the novels of her Small Change sequence—Farthing, Ha’penny, and Half a Crown—have won acclaim ranging from national newspapers to the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. A native of Wales, she lives in Montreal.
 
Published May 16, 2004 by Tor Books. 353 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In Ardmachan, young princes Conal, Darag, and Ferdia, along with princess Emer, are destined for royal thrones, but when their countries fall into disarray, the love between Conal, 17, and 16-year-old Emer from Tir Isarnagiri is strained, especially because Emer is supposed to marry Darag, whom s...

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Though told mostly through what happens to Conal, Emer, or Elenn, the five key characters enable fans to feel they know this fantasy realm as well as they do their homeland (then again in the USA geography is not a forte).

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It's somewhat surprising because all the heroes in Prize are minor characters in these earlier novels, and the narrator of those novels, Sulien ap Gwien, usually views them and their culture with little more than contempt.

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