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y Sasha Joel Shepherd , Sydney : Hachette Livre Australia , 2007 Z1397622 2007 single work novel fantasy 'Sasha turns her back on her regal heritage, forsakes the life she could have as the princess in a rich kingdom, and trains instead to be a powerful warrior, fighting for the good of the people her father commands. Sasha is a princess, the like of which the highland country of Lenayin has never seen before. 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 wilfulness 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 Goeren-yai worship swordplay and honour 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 choose 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 saviour they need her to be?' (Publisher's blurb)
y Petrodor Joel Shepherd , Sydney : Orbit Australia , 2008 Z1528055 2008 single work novel fantasy 'Book 2 in the quartet, A Trial of Blood and Steel, picking up the story of the brave and independent heroine, Sasha, now living in the port city of Petrodor. Away from the hills of her Lenayin homeland, Sasha is making a new life in the dark alleys and wealthy houses of Petrodor. An influential trading centre, Petrodor holds the key to preventing the coming war between Lenayin and the mighty Bacosh. Together with her old mentor Kessligh, Sasha attempts to navigate the political intrigues of the port city and find a way to stop the war. It is the serrin, the beautiful but dangerous people from beyond the Bacosh, who will be the pivotal point in this struggle. How much can Sasha trust her old serrin friend Errollyn? And how much can she trust herself?' (Publisher's blurb)
y Tracato Joel Shepherd , Sydney : Orbit Australia , 2009 Z1679813 2009 single work novel fantasy In this third title in Joel Shepherd's gripping quartet, we are reunited with the fearless heroine Sasha, Errollyn and the other familiar characters from Sasha and Petrodor. The net is really closing in now, with the whole of Rhodia at war and the serrin - the beautiful and dangerous people from beyond the Bacosh - fighting for survival. The revolutionary politics of Tracato, and the clandestine attempts by the feudalists to hold onto power, are gripping and full of intrigue. The characters who were developing in the previous title blossom into their roles here, sharing the arena with Sasha, giving this novel an extra dimension that readers will love. - Publisher's (Hachette)blurb
y Haven Joel Shepherd , Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2010 10173059 2010 single work novel fantasy

The Army of the Regent Arosh advances on the forces loyal to Saalshen, homeland of the serrin people, as the serrin's friends are in full retreat. Their only hope is to reach the city of Jahnd, as 'Trial of Blood and Steel' reaches its dramatic conclusion.

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Works about this Work

Darkness Calls by Marjorie M. Liu Satima Flavell , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Specusphere , February no. 12 2010;

— Review of A Trial of Blood and Steel Joel Shepherd 2007 series - author novel
Darkness Calls by Marjorie M. Liu Satima Flavell , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Specusphere , February no. 12 2010;

— Review of A Trial of Blood and Steel Joel Shepherd 2007 series - author novel
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