Three years after being named the Chin emperor Aaron Turner is busy building a new capital city and hiring archeologists, two endeavors he could happily pursue for the next several years. Unfortunately, his divided empire is close to war, assassins are trying to kill him, entire nations want his head, and a Talented prophet has declared a multinational religious crusade against him. Offsetting these threats are Aaron's ill prepared army, inferior weapons, questionable generalship, and the insight of Delmac, a Clan savage who has wanted Aaron dead for nearly twenty years.
What his enemies don't know is that Aaron Turner really is The One God's Chosen, called Bringer, known as Death, and he is righteously pissed off.
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Aaron and Kim return to the city where Aaron gives up his power and vows to use his money for a new cause. Armand and Faith reunite in luxury where Faith reveals a secret while enjoying her newfound power over her husband. Patton fights for his new position and his woman. Brenda Montpass comes clean to Aaron, revealing her true self, her past, and her desires. Amanda's involvement with her is also revealed. For the first time ever Aaron finally feels at peace with himself and his decisions as he and Brenda face a future together. Elsewhere, Lioth has her own journey's to travel as she comes to grips with her wild Talent curse. To help her she has the God given aid of a nameless, toungeless and much abused one-time slave who bears the Lady's blessing.
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Aaron divorces Melna and punishes Harvest Patton in a surprising way before leaving the city to confront Prophet personally, bringing his Zisst boosted One God aura with him. Faith and Brenda get mad and Prophet is somewhat disapointed with the results. Kim confronts her father, Clack. Delmac takes a rather violent hand with unhappy results for most everyone involved except maybe Kim.
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His city besieged, Aaron confronts Patton about sleeping with Melna. instead of anger, he makes a surprising move. Heralda is called by the One God. Brenda is undone by Prophet. Armand is put in a very uncomfortable position which leaves him leading the charge against New Beginning. Aaron's forethought comes in handy.
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Brenda Montpass mostly explains herself to Armand and Faith, the reason she is interested in Aaron and why she has the steel balls, and even about murdering her husband. Armand is hoist on his own petard in regards to flirting with other women, or worse, giving Faith a thoughly strong hand in their verbal sparing. Lioth is now completely disillusioned with war and with Han Chuk, her one time idol. Her feelings for Delmac grow, and Martha Hines takes matters into her own hands.
Crusade - 21
Defying, well, everybody, Amanda enters the cave, drawing Aaron's anger. However, she brought a bunch of interesting rocks out with her, one's very important to Chin, and the world. These rocks are not Talent Stones, exactly. Instead, they interact with male Talent in a strange way. Too much can kill them, but a little provides a miracle in this male starved world. It provides men with the chance to create healthy male children...but it takes a bit to get there. The cave is raided by just about every female. Amanda is sent home, shaking her head because Aaron has not met somebody she thought he should have by now. Aaron has a chat with Chet and Bret about thier mother.
Crusade - 20
Aaron changes his mind on asking Martha Hines, the assassin, a favor. He was going to have her kill Clack but decided assassination is wrong. Martha is disgusted, pointing out that not killing Clack could mean thousands of lives. Missy and Kim have both thrown away their Talent Stones so they can be closer to the One God. Missy and Aaron have a long talk, again. In the morning Aaron meets with a representative from Nefra who basically begs Aaron not to beat up on them. Please give them time with their new rulers to straighten up and abolish slavery. Aaron agrees, rather confused about the entire matter, not seeing himself as the danger they percieve. It is revealed that Martha is the new ruler's sister.
5 Star Review!!
The writing and the performance throughout the series is tremendous.
This series is something I really enjoyed. Turner is a whinny self belittling man and gets on ur nerves, but he never gives up. A lot can be learned by this character. He’s smart enough to know what he doesn’t know and finds folks that do. I enjoyed the building of the characters and story
I was hooked after Traitor, and hated to see the story end. Mark performs his work very well, creates interesting evolving characters, and writes a great story