River of the World
by Chaz Brenchley
Review by Mel Jacob
Ace Hardcover Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 044101478X
Date: 03 April, 2007 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Award winning fantasy author Chaz Brenchley continues his saga Selling Water by the River begun in Bridge of Dreams in his latest novel River of the World. Set in a vaguely Middle Eastern culture, the novel opens with a horrific scene in which Jendre, widow of the Sultan of Maras, witnesses the castration of her lover Salem. Meanwhile, Sundain rebels Issel, thief and water-mage, and his allies cross the river separating the city of Sund from the city of Maras intent on destroying the magic bridge uniting the two cities, which led to the enslavement of the Sundain. Brenchley reveals enough details of the earlier novel for new readers to follow the action. From official release/information:
Book Description: The city of Maras-Sund has stood for more than 20 years-two lands joined together by a magical bridge the Marasai used to conquer the Sundain. But the man known as Issel has magic of his own- an ability to manipulate water-which he will use to free his people. He finds an ally in Jendre, the daughter of a general in Maras's army, and a woman with her own vendetta against the regime. Her sister is held captive, along with others whose life essences power the magical bridge between her land and Sund. Her plan: to help Issel enter the palace and break the spell.
(Source: Ace Hardcover)