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The Bear (Saga of the First King) by R. A. Salvatore
Review by Harriet Klausner
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765317919
Date: 17 August 2010 List Price $27.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

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From back of book: The war of Honce drags on, and the roads and seas are littered with bodies. To everyone's stunned disbelief, Yeslnik the Fool has tipped the war's scales in his favor. The reign of the newly self-appointed King Yeslnik is already distinguished as the most bloody and merciless in Honce history.

Trapped, Dame Gwydre and Father Artolivan concoct a desperate plot to join forces with Laird Ethelbert, the lesser of two vicious evils. But Ethelbert's paid assassins from Behr are the very ones who slew Jameston Sequin and nearly did the same to Bransen.

Emibittered by it all, Bransen seeks to extricate himself from the selfish goals of all combatants. But in an odd twist of fate and crossed loyalties, Bransen sees in his old nemesis, Bannagran--the Bear of Honce and the man who slew his adoptive father--a darker image of his own heart. Allies and battle lines become tangled and motives indistinguishable as old friends become enemies and old enemies become allies.

(Source: Tor Books)

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