Skirmish

Skirmish

The House War: Book Four

Format
Mass Market Paperback
Price
$8.99
 
Additional Formats
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • ISBN 9780756407773
  • 672 Pages
  • DAW
  • Adult

Overview

When Jewel ATerafin returns home from the war on the South, she arrives moments too late to prevent the demonic assassination of Amarais ATerafin–The Terafin, head of House Terafin. And though one of her companions, Lord Celleriant of the Winter Queen’s court, manages to slay the demon, it is too little, too late. For now the battle to become The Terafin and claim the House Seat will begin.
Four candidates have declared themselves, but Jewel, The Terafin’s own secretly designated choice to become the next head of House, has yet to announce her intentions.
While some seek to intimidate Jewel or recruit her for their own bids, others begin to gether around her: her den, the most loyal of House Terafin’s Chosen, Haval the dressmaker, powerful magi, and three mysterious “winged cats” who come to her in the midst of a deadly encounter in a forest not meant for mortals to walk….
Jewel does not want to make any decisions before The Terafin is laid to rest. But as the enemies of House and Empire mobilize, it becomes terrifyingly clear that everyone–includinf Jewel and her otherworldly allies–must survive the three days of the funeral rites before they can even be certain that there will be a House Terafin left to fight over….

Praise

House Name is lush, richly intricate, heartbreaking in its subtle dealings with Jay and her den. Jay is charismatic, deeply compelling, and her story kept me rooting for her…. The story sucked me in and didn’t spit me out until the very end.… West has a brilliant hand in detail, in weaving in background to fuel the story without being clunky and boring, and in creating a luxuriously textured world that is at once familiar and strange. Some say Michelle West has been propelled into the ranks of George R. R. Martin and Robin Hobb—I say that she’s been there all along and it’s about time she was noticed as such.”
— Night Owl Reviews

“[City of Night] is a super action oriented investigative fantasy in an incredible world as Michelle West makes her empire and capital seem as if it comes from ancient history books rather than her imagination. The cast is strong especially the lead couple who are clearly devoted to one another with each wanting to keep the other safe. However, it is the city and its undercity that spellbinds the audience as no one knows what is coming to the surface from below.”
— Alternative Worlds

“Fans of award-winning Toronto fantasy writer Michelle West will be delighted with this return to the vivid and detailed universe of the Sacred Hunt and the Sun Sword series…. In a richly woven world, and with a cast of characters that ranges from traumatized street kids to the wealthy heads of the most prominent houses in Averalaan, West pulls no punches as she hooks readers in with her bold and descriptive narrative.”
— Quill & Quire (for The Hidden City)

“This is a compelling story with riveting and finely wrought characters that will keep you up well into the night. This story will go down as one of the best novels in its genre, propelling West into the ranks of Robin Hobb and George R.R. Martin. It’s simply a great read, don’t miss it.”
— themaineedge.com (for The Hidden City)


“Ms. West is able to develop in the reader a true sense of emotional connection to the characters.  These are people who’ve been in my life since the late ’90’s and, like George R.R. Martin’s characters, they feel like family.  I’m much closer to Sagara’s characters, but that’s not surprising since that emotional attachment and the growth and development of the characters is central to the story of struggle…. I loved this book, as I’ve loved all of her books.  If you’re new to this kind of writing and have read George R.R. Martin’s series and enjoyed it, I highly recommend these books.” 
— Chaotic Compendiums (for Skirmish)

Series

House War
Michelle West
Michelle West
Michelle West
Michelle West
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