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   Vassal of El, by Gloria Oliver  
 
  Novel, first publication in March 2004
 
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      Violently ripped from his people at a young age and never quite fitting in with those who took him in and helped him, Torren has spent most of his life avoiding his past, traveling as a sword for hire. Yet a chance meeting with a young woman pursued by unknown assailants changes everything, an act of grudging kindness driving him toward having to face all he’d rather leave forgotten, the reasons behind the girl’s pursuit clues to a long-buried mystery tied to his past.

    Acknowledging only what he must while fighting feelings he long thought dead and buried, and driven to fulfill a duty he never thought would be his, Torren once more cuts his ties with all he knows, convinced he can never return to what was, no matter how much others might wish otherwise. Yet, divided within, dreams of doom and betrayal filling his nights, he waits, unable to move on despite his intentions.

    Matters grow more complicated as his heritage seeks him out, not willing to let him go. Not only does it seem that the evil from the past is about to be repeated, his people possibly destroyed from within, but this time it is somehow connected to the impending war of two Lander countries, the impact of which would be felt throughout the world. Torren must push his pain behind him and act, his unique inhabiting of two vastly different worlds possibly the only thing able to prevent war and genocide.

     
     
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  • Mathematic Fantasy
  • Murders
  • Mystery
  • Sword and Sorcery

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