Sword of the Deceiver (Isavalta)
by Sarah Zettel
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 0765304228
Date: 20 March 2007 List Price $27.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Book Description: In the world of Isavalta the empire of Hastinapura dominates neighboring realms, demanding tribute and obedience from all within their power. Natharie of Sindhu, the eldest princess of her realm, is given as tribute to the Imperial throne and becomes a pawn in the power struggle between her homeland and Hastinapura. Though the empires Prince Samudra recognizes her intelligence and character, he cant protect her from the plotting of his lands priesthood and from his brother the emperors designs. As his fate and Natharies become ever more intimately entwined, they risk not only their own lives, but the fate of both realms. With this masterful tapestry woven from a world of colorful societies, Machiavellian conspiracies, subtle magics and romantic liaison, Sarah Zettel conjures a spellbinding tale that will enthrall fantasy readers. Her skillful blending of folk traditions of Russia, India, and China is a compelling fantasy tour de force.
(Source: Tor Books)