The Serpent and the Rose by Kathleen Bryan
(The First Book of The War of the Rose)

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The beautiful Averil is heir to the Duchy of Quitaine, in the Kingdom of Lys.  She is a powerful mage, trained by the Ladies of the Isle, but when her father calls her home to take up her duties, she must leave that life behind.  In her city of Fontevrai, she meets Gereint, raised as a common villager but greatly gifted in magic, a novice of the magical order of the Knights of the Rose.The Knights and their sister order, the Ladies of the Isle, defend a great secret: the means and location of the Serpent's imprisonment a thousand years ago by the Young God in whose name their order was founded.Quitaine is under subtle attack by the King of Lys, who has secretly become an adept of the hidden order of the Serpent, and he will let nothing and no one stand in the way of his quest to discover how to free his God.  But the Knights of the Rose, and the Ladies of the Isle believe that if the Serpent is freed, the world will be enslaved to chaos:  humanity will destroy itself, and all that man has made will be corrupted.  The War of the Rose and Serpent has begun again, after a thousand years.

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About Kathleen Bryan

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Kathleen Bryan is a refugee medievalist and longtime writer.  She lives in Arizona with an assortment of dogs, cats, and fat white horses.
Published February 5, 2008 by Tor Books. 316 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In order to stand against the Serpent's forces, Averil and Gereint must bargain with ancient forces long held taboo.

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In Kathleen Bryan's The Serpent and the Rose, Averil, magic-trained heir to the duchy of Quitaine, teams with powerful peasant Gereint to stop the evil King of Lys before he unleashes chaos.

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In The Serpent and the Rose, the first book in the War of the Rose, we meet Averil, daughter of the Duke of Quitaine and a student of the Ladies of the Isle.

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