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The Golden Lynx: 1 (Legends of the Five Directions) [Paperback]

C. P. Lesley
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11 Sep 2012 Legends of the Five Directions
WHO IS THE GOLDEN LYNX? Russia, 1534. Elite clans battle for control of the toddler who will become their first tsar, Ivan the Terrible. Amid the chaos and upheaval, a masked man mysteriously appears night after night to aid the desperate people. Or is he a man? Sixteen-year-old Nasan Kolychev is trapped in a loveless marriage. To escape her misery, she dons boys' clothes and slips away under cover of night to help those in need. She never intends to do more than assist a few souls and give her life purpose. But before long, Nasan finds herself caught up in events that will decide the future of Russia. And so, a girl who has become the greatest hero of her time must decide whether to save a baby destined to become the greatest villain of his.

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  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Five Directions Press (11 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615655297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615655291
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,668,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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C. P. Lesley, a historian, is the author of "The Not Exactly Scarlet Pimpernel," her 21st-century take on the classic Baroness Orczy novel, "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (1905), now in the public domain. Five Directions Press will publish her next novel, "The Golden Lynx"--volume 1 of a series set during the childhood of Ivan the Terrible--in the summer of 2012. She is currently working on volume 2, "The Winged Horse."

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About the Author

C. P. Lesley, a historian, is the author of "The Not Exactly Scarlet Pimpernel" and two novels in the Legends of the Five Directions series, set during the childhood of Ivan the Terrible-"The Golden Lynx" and "The Winged Horse." She is currently working on "The Swan Princess" (Legends 3: North).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Slow-burning and hypnotic 19 April 2014
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Not my usual genre at all, and after an enforced break, I found it difficult to pick up the thread again. But I persevered and having just finished, locked into the smallest room to avoid interruptions, I am so very glad I did.

This is the story of Nasan, a Tatar princess, whose sudden forced maturity is hastened by the death of her beloved brother at the hand of a Russian noble. Nasan swears revenge, but after the clan kills the apparent perpetrator, a peace offering must be made, for the sake of politics. That offering is Nasan.

Sent to Moscow, immersed in a language she does not speak, a culture she does not understand, and married to a playboy used to pleasuring himself with slave girls, Nasan is desolate and alone. She relies on her ancestral resources, her own intelligence and fighting determination to assert herself and rescue the less fortunate.

This intricately detailed plot and historical detail surrounding a mysterious world gradually spun a web which caught me and held my attention till the very last satisfying words. It’s a slow-burner, but by the time the story caught fire, I knew and understood the characters and politics so well, I was literally arguing with words on a page.

Relax, unwind and dive in. You won’t regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved every page of it! 1 April 2014
By Anna
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When was the last time you visited Tsarskaya Rossia or plotted against the most Terrible Ivan the tsar? Never, you
say. Well, then I recommend you join Nasan – a strong-headed and strong-will Tatar princess – in her adventures around sixteenth century Moscow.

Nasan is sixteen and all her life she was taught to be well-behaved and obedient, so she can make a perfect wife to her husband. Not Nasan! All she wants to do is to roam the steppes on her trusted horse and practice her fighting skills with her brothers. Alas, soon enough, she is married off to a Russian noble as part of a peace treaty to end a long-standing family feud and moved to Moscow. There, to help herself cope with the new lifestyle and an unfaithful husband, Nasan goes out exploring the streets at night and helping those in distress. However, soon she finds herself involved in the political events that will test her loyalties.

Uncommon setting – Asiatic Russia – of the story introduces the reader to a whole new world of rarely explored history and culture. I loved every page of it and cannot wait for the second installment in the series!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling 16th century Russian adventure 4 May 2013
Format:Paperback
The Golden Lynx is set in 16th century Russia, with Nasan, an Islamic Tatar as protagonist. Nasan witnesses the murder of her brother by a Russian, triggering a battle, and the young Tatar princess becomes the peace offering. Nasan is sent by her parents, far away from her homeland to marry Daniil, who is related to her brother's killer. Before long, Nasan finds herself caught up in events that will decide the future of Russia.
This was a period of history about which I knew next to nothing, and I enjoyed learning about it through this story, which is always a sign of good historical fiction for me. I loved the author's excellent descriptions, and her intriguing exploration and contrast of the two cultures.
Nasan, in her refusal to play the expected role of women in this society, comes across as strong independent, but I would have liked to witness more of her nightly escapades.
I loved the idea of the Golden Lynx playing "detective" in parallel to Daniil, and, all in all, found this a compelling 16th century adventure.
I look forward to reading more of this author's work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful tale set in an unusual historical setting 29 May 2013
By Zoe Saadia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I picked "The Golden Lynx" as a group read and I had no cause to regret spending many evenings curled with this book.

The story of Nasan, the young Tatar princess, starts strongly, with just enough action, people's relationship, politics and drama to keep me glued to the pages. Set in an unusual for the mainstream historical fiction time and place, this novel provided me with the opportunity to broad my knowledge on the places I knew very little about.
The cultural clash it presented was delightful, wonderfully realistic. It made me learn an enormous amount of history and customs unfamiliar to me so far, and this what I love about historical fiction the best - the opportunity to learn without noticing the process, while enjoying a good story.

The characters in this novel were delightfully real, realistic, making one realize that while circumstances, customs, traditions and way of life were different, people were always people, with their basic passions and drives.

All in a all, a delightful read I would highly recommend to the lovers of historical fiction.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling 16th century Russian adventure 4 May 2013
By Elizabeth Perrat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Golden Lynx is set in 16th century Russia, with Nasan, an Islamic Tatar as protagonist. Nasan witnesses the murder of her brother by a Russian, triggering a battle, and the young Tatar princess becomes the peace offering. Nasan is sent by her parents, far away from her homeland to marry Daniil, who is related to her brother's killer. Before long, Nasan finds herself caught up in events that will decide the future of Russia.
This was a period of history about which I knew next to nothing, and I enjoyed learning about it through this story, which is always a sign of good historical fiction for me. I loved the author's excellent descriptions, and her intriguing exploration and contrast of the two cultures.
Nasan, in her refusal to play the expected role of women in this society, comes across as strong independent, but I would have liked to witness more of her nightly escapades.
I loved the idea of the Golden Lynx playing "detective" in parallel to Daniil, and, all in all, found this a compelling 16th century adventure.
I look forward to reading more of this author's work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No more Regency Historicals! 6 May 2013
By seamusthecat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The Golden Lynx is a fascinating, scrupulously researched book in a very unusual setting: Russia, 1534.

Lesley is a scholar and a novelist and the two combine beautifully in this unusual and unputdown-able book. It's got action, romance, and so much history, you'll learn more than you could imagine. Tatars. Warfare. Rituals. Religion. Politics. All woven together seamlessly.

Highly, highly recommend!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure, sociology and mysticism in a single package. 21 Dec 2012
By SEE - Published on Amazon.com
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C.P. Lesley has once again brought the past to life as she explores the crafts and customs and mysticisms of Russians and Tartars of the 16th century. But this isn't a history lesson. This is an adventure and a detective story set in centuries past.

Yes, elite clans battle for control of the toddler who will one day become Ivan the Terrible. But this is the background story. In the foreground of this story is Nasan, a 16-year-old warrior princess of a Tartar clan. She is sent away from her family and homeland to a far-off Russian stronghold. There she must play wife to a Russian noble--a renown playboy--who is kin to the man who killed her brother right in front of her. The murder triggered a battle. Nasan is the peace offering.

So how does a warrior princess spend her nights while her husband is away? Heroically, of course. With the aid of her spirit grandmothers she sneaks out of the Russian fortress nightly to do good, Batman-style, and return before breakfast. And what is her husband doing all this time? He's trying to find the real killer of Nasan's brother. If he only knew that The Golden Lynx, Nasan's heroic alter ego, is already discovering the answer.

Adventure, sociology and mysticism in a single package. Well done.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Russian romance 12 Mar 2014
By A Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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An enjoyable story, almost a romance in the vein of Georgette Heyer, transferred to 16th century Russia. There aren't too many novels taking place in this place or era, so getting to know how people lived in that period was a bonus. Great cover art too.
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