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The king
Feintuch, David.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Ace Books, [2002]

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508 pages ; 24 cm
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With his new kingdom still reeling from the war that set the crown of Caledon upon his head, Rodrigo must be stronger than ever to keep his position-and the fragile peace that surrounds him. Now he leads a contentious and divided army against powerful invaders, and only his expert use of magic of the Still can save them.

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Booklist Review

The second installment of Rodrigo of Caledon's saga, begun in The Still (1997), opens with him, now 17, barely holding on against King Hriskil's Norlanders. He is rather callow, with good instincts but apt to misspeak at the worst possible time. The realm he rules, poor even before it was war-torn, endures a medieval political system in which everyone is related to everyone else, and everybody has at least three mutually exclusive sets of loyalties. Rodrigo's regent, mentor, and lover, Rustin, is killed fairly early on, and Rodrigo impulsively sacrifices the time-warping spell he was to use to get rid of his scar to bring Rustin back. His cousin Tresa then says she will wed him, anyway, and his soldiers' loyalty waxes after he leads a commando-style raid against the Norland fleet. A Norland defector becomes an ally, and at last Rodrigo pits the power of the Still of Caledon against the Rood of Norland in an understated but gripping duel of magic. Feintuch's best book yet. --Roland Green

Publisher's Weekly Review

John W. Campbell award-winner Feintuch's long-awaited sequel to The Still (1997) starts slowly but gathers speed as his impatient hero, King Rodrigo of Caledon, must deal with both his enemies and his own vicious temper, which can complicate his relations with allies and friends. After learning to use the ancient power of the Still (derived from gazing into still water) to gain access to the wisdom of past rulers, Rodrigo wields the Still as a weapon in one exciting, intricately described battle after another as his armies take on the invading Hriskil, who wield the Rood. Treachery costs Rodrigo the life of his beloved mentor, Rustin, and nearly that of his remaining brother, Elryc. Elaborate and at times highly graphic, from violent fighting to the painful growth of Rodrigo's character, the tale winds its way through several plot twists before Rustin is resurrected. Having matured without the latter's guidance, Rodrigo suffers a behavorial relapse when he returns to Rustin's tutelage and finds that they must separate if he is truly to become a man. In a satisfying if rather abrupt ending to this coming-of-age story, Rodrigo regains his kingdom and prepares for marriage. Those who haven't read The Still will have a hard time following the action, especially at first, but established fans will be left hoping they won't have to wait as long for the next volume in the series. (Aug. 6) FYI: Feintuch is also the author of Children of Hope (2001) and other books in his Seafort Saga. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

When the death of his mother brought the boy Rodrigo to the throne of Caledon, he also inherited the power of the Still, a magic that enables him to touch the minds of his ancestors and benefit from their wisdom. As the kingdom of Caledon faces war from enemies to the north and treachery from those who do not accept his rulership, Rodrigo must learn to take up the reins of leadership while curbing his own instincts for cruelty and impulsiveness. Feintuch's sequel to The Still explores the fate of a young man come too soon to power and the sacrifices he must make for the good of the realm. For large fantasy collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.