Sasha (A Trial of Blood and Steel)
by Joel Shepherd
Cover Artist: David Palumbo
Pyr Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781591027874
Date: 27 October 2009 List Price $16.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
From back of book: Spurning her royal heritage to be raised by the great warrior, Kessligh, her exquisite swordplay astonishes all who witness it. But Sasha is still young, untested in battle and often led by her rash temper. In the complex world of Lenayin loyalties, her defiant willfulness is attracting the wrong kind of attention.
Lenayin is a land almost divided by its two faiths: the Verenthane of the ruling classes and the pagan Goeren-yai, amongst whom Sasha now lives. The Goren-yai worship swordplay and honor and begin to see Sasha as the great spirit--the Synnich--who will unite them. But Sasha is still searching for what she believes and must chooses her side carefully.
When the Udalyn people--the symbol of Goeren-yai pride and courage--are attacked, Sasha will face her moment of testing. How will she act? Is she ready to lead? Can she be the savior they need her to be?