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The Lion of Senet (Second Sons Trilogy) [Mass Market Paperback]

Jennifer Fallon
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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1 Mar 2004 Second Sons Trilogy (Book 1)
On the world Ranadon there is no night as both suns shine brightly. The intervention of Belagren, High Priestess of the Shadowdancers, and the sacrifice of a child of royal blood, has banished the Age of Shadows from the skies. Belagren's position is unquestioned . . . until circumstances begin to tip political rivalries into a deadlier game altogether.

A volcanic eruption rocks the seas separating the Kingdom of Dhevyn and the mainland Kingdom of Senet, and a mysterious sailor is shipwrecked on the island of Elcast. Badly wounded, his arrival stirs up old hatreds and unravels old secrets. His presence is enough to even bring Antonov, the powerful Lion of Senet, to the island and fear to the Keep of the Duke of Elcast.

A strong friendship develops between Dirk, second son of the Duke, and Kirshov Latanya, second son of the Lion of Senet. But will they, and their friendship, survive the chain of events set in motion by the ambitions of the ruthless High Priestess of the Shadowdancers and the domineering Lion of Senet?

This first book of the Second Sons Trilogy establishes Jennifer Fallon as one of the most unique voices in fantasy fiction, as she creates full characters, and takes intelligent plotting to a whole new level in order to establish unparalleled complexity and tension.?

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra Books; Reprint edition (1 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553586688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553586688
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,978,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jennifer Fallon is the author of 15 full-length novels and a number of published short stories in genres ranging from horror to science fiction. In addition to her own fantasy series' - The Demon Child trilogy, The Hythrun Chronicles, the Second Sons Trilogy,The Tide Lords Quadrilogy and the Rift Runners series - she has written both a tie-novel and short fiction for the TV series, Stargate SG1, an official Zorro story, a novella for the Legends of Australian Fantasy Anthology and has her own superhero - The Violet Valet.

Jennifer has a Masters Degree from the Creative Arts faculty of QUT. A computer trainer and application specialist in her "day job", Jennifer currently works in the IT industry and spends at least a month each year working at Scott Base in Antarctica.

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The first volume in a magnificent new epic fantasy trilogy. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jennifer Fallon was born in Victoria, Australia, the ninth child in a family of thirteen girls. Her prolific career includes work as a youth worker, store detective, advertising sales rep and executive secretary. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great talent!! 14 Nov 2005
I was looking for something new as I was pretty much up to date with the popular fantasy writers. Well....I am sure Jennifer Fallon is now one of my preferred authors.
A little slow on the start but this book develops into a fantastic story of court intrigue.
Dirk Provin is an extremely intelligent and is happy with his life untill he is claimed by the Lion of Senet to come and work at his court.
In the meantime a sailor well known to most non-supporters of the Lion of Senet is shipwrecked and thrown onto the island of Elcast. This opens up the story big time!!!
Revelations all over and characters are very well developed.
The book is fantasy however there is not a lot of magic, spells or wizardy this book is more about kingdoms, invasions, intrigues and rivalries.
I am happy that I ordered this book and will finish the triology for sure!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant new fantasy trilogy 30 Mar 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Many consider Tolkien's masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, the benchmark to which every other epic fantasy work is compared. The first book in The Second Sons Trilogy leaves the reader with the impression that this series will receive top marks in that scale. Jennifer Fallon creates a craftily depicted world with characters the reader will love or hate with passion. I became so engrossed in the story that I could not put this book down until I finished it.
Ranadon once again has two suns surging through its sky, but its inhabitants have suffered greatly in the past when one of the suns disappeared and the Age of Shadows began. The High Priestess, Belagren, with the help of a great mathematician, Neris, discovered the secrets about the Age of Shadows, which is a natural phenomenon that depends on the orbits of the suns. In her eagerness for power, Belagren used this information to her advantage and claimed that the Goddess spoke to her and told her exactly were the sun would return, granted that certain sacrifices were made. It all worked out, and Belagren gained considerable power through this stratagem. However, Neris sealed the secrets inside a deadly Labyrinth, and threw himself off a cliff, presumably dying.
In her need to know when the next Age of Shadows will return, so as to prove her communication with the Goddess, Belagren convinced the Lion of Senet, ruthless ruler of the strongest kingdom in Ranadon, to search for Neris because she suspects the genius is still alive. Meanwhile, in the kingdom of Dhevyn, which is "controlled" by Senet, the second son of Duchess Mirna of Elcast is being trained to be a physician.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining and enjoyable read 24 Aug 2006
It got off to a slow start, but this turned out much better than I thought it would. It's the characters that make the story and I found myself wanting to know what was going to happen to all the different people involved. Okay, it might not be deep and meaningful stuff, but this book had me really engrossed for the past week. An entertaining and enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a great trilogy 20 Dec 2005
Slow start but highly rewarding when you stick to it. As usual the cornucopia of names and places is the tough bit in any new fantasy world but once you are past that the story rips along.
A great new talent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why being the youngest is the best... 7 Nov 2005
Although the synopsis didn't really intrigue me much, and I'm not even sure why I ordered it, the book was worth it all. The main character begins to display amazing talents towards the end and prove everyone wrong about him (always satisfying). And, just in case you're not sick of it all in the end, there are two more books to follow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good stuff 25 May 2006
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This book has relatively little hard action but is clever, with an interesting plot and is refreshingly different from many other books in the genre. Its nice to see the 'hero' as it were able to use their brain and outsmart people, as well as having to show human characterstics and flaws, forced to act in a manner that is anathema to the typical good brave messiah character with principles set in stone that is seen far too often in mediocre works. A fast paced exciting novel in a compelling series. Recommended.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can there be any more power-hungry characters? 8 July 2004
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Jennifer Fallon's Lion of Senet, the first book in her Second Sons trilogy, is simply a fun read. Fallon is not a new writer, but she is new to North American audiences, with this book just coming out this year. Thankfully, Bantam is publishing all three books within months of each other, so the third book is actually out. Having read the first two from the library, I am chomping at the bit to read the third.
The title of the series has a double meaning (the two suns that Ranadon orbits around, as well as the obvious meaning). I like that touch. First, not only is Dirk a second son, but his friend Kirsch is the Lion's second son. Both will become heavily involved in all of the schemes flying around the area. Secondly, the second sun disappearing for a time plays a large part in the series. The last time that happened, anarchy reigned and Belagren and the Lion were able to take power because Belagren was able to say when the sun would reappear (because the Goddess told her, she said). She told the Lion that he would have to sacrifice one of his children to bring it out, knowing full well that it would come naturally even without this. Now, the secret of when the next "Age of Shadows" will come is hidden from her, and she's desperate to find out.
There is an underlying tension between science and religion in the book, with Fallon coming down on the side of science (at least within the series itself). The "true" Goddess religion is rarely, if ever mentioned, and only Belagren's perverted form is present. Her opponents are firm believers that the Age of Shadows is a scientific thing and not a religious one. And, of course, we are shown that they are right.
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