The Sleeping God

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The Sleeping God

A Novel of Dhulyn and Parno, #1

The Sleeping God by Violette Malan provides an entertaining introduction to the Mercenary Brotherhood pair of Dhulyn Wolfshead and Parno Lionsmane. Dhulyn is the senior of the Partners who belong to a group whose motto is "In Battle or In Death", a group of finely honed warriors with a strict code of behavior. She also has an unusual Gift which would set her apart from the general populace as one of the Marked, therefore very few persons other than her beloved Partner Parno realize that she is a Seer. A seemingly straightforward escort service for a minor member of a noble household rapidly escalates into a perilous situation that may involve the upheaval of the entire society of the city of Gotterang with implications for the rest of the world. A rising sentiment against those who are Marked seems to be tied to priests of the Sleeping God but events gradually unfold that will necessitate that both Dhulyn and Parno reveal secrets which are usually sacrosant in the Brotherhood. Unexpected allies among disparate households as well as eerily unnerving opponents become players on a gameboard greater than any could imagine. Ultimately, the Partners will have to depend on one another just as they have ever since becoming Bonded and their ties to one another may be the only thing that stands between the world as they know it and unfathomable chaos.

A stirring fantasy that shows an incredible dexterity at world-building and characterization. A very complex society is presented with a fascinating melange of intricate details such as the naming that immediately identifies an individual's position and allegiance within a household, rigidly defined functions such as Steward of Walls or Kir, and a view of various strata of peoples and their interactions. A wonderful blend of swashbuckling action and imaginative fantasy elements with enough mystery to tempt the reader to actively search for opportunities to revisit the world that is big enough to hold the charismatic pair of Dhulyn and Parno. Hopefully there will be many, many more of their adventures to come.

Book Blurb for The Sleeping God

Dhulyn Wolfshead and Parno Lionsmane are members of the Mercenary Guild, both veterans of numerous battles and missions, each a master of martial arts. And more than that, Dhulyn and Parno are Partners, a Mercenary bond that can only be broken by one or both of their deaths. Their past lives are supposed to be irrelevant—but Dhulyn and Parno have histories and secrets that may make all the difference between success and failure in the mission that awaits them...

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2011 4.50