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The Sacrifice: The First Book of The Fey

The Sacrifice: The First Book of The Fey [Kindle Edition]

Kristine Kathryn Rusch
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Their armies have conquered half the world. Now they want the rest.

The Fey, known for their beauty and their warrior magic, have set their sights on Blue Isle. They should conquer the Isle quickly; its people, simple and religious, have never known war.

On the eve of the invasion, Jewel, the granddaughter of the Fey’s all-powerful Black King, has a frightening vision, one that ties her fate to the Isle forever. Still, she helps her father Rugar head the invasion force.

The force meets a surprising resistance. Nicholas, heir to Blue Isle’s throne, has always dreamed of battle. Normally, he would be no match for the powerful Fey. But Blue Isle has a secret weapon—a weapon no one understands, a weapon that could stop the Fey in their tracks.

Nicholas must find a way to harness this amazing power. Jewel must find a way to thwart him. To survive, one of them must make the ultimate sacrifice.

A fast-paced, vibrant novel, filled with memorable characters, Sacrifice begins a saga that will take readers to a richly imagined world, filled with magic, treachery, and unexpected love.

“Whether [Rusch] writes high fantasy, horror, sf, or contemporary fantasy, I’ve always been fascinated by her ability to tell a story with that enviable gift of invisible prose. She’s one of those very few writers whose style takes me right into the story—the words and pages disappear as the characters and their story swallows me whole….Rusch has style.”
—Charles de Lint

“In less than 20 years, Rusch has won most of the major sf and fantasy awards, including the Best Editor Hugo during her stint at the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction….[She] is one of the more accomplished younger sf authors.”

“A masterful writer is at work.”
—Orson Scott Card

“Rusch’s greatest strength…is her ability to close down a story and leave the reader feeling that the author could not possibly have wrung any more satisfaction out of the piece.”
—The Kansas City Star

“Kristine Kathryn Rusch integrates the fantastic elements so rigorously into her story that it is often hard to remember she is not merely recording the here and now.”
—A.M. Dellamonica
Science Fiction Weekly

“Like early Ray Bradbury, Rusch has the ability to switch on a universal dark.”
—the Times [London]

Kristine Kathryn Rusch, the former editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, has won a World Fantasy award and two Hugo awards for her work in science fiction and fantasy. She has also won France’s most prestigious fantasy award, Le Prix Imaginales. Her fantasy novels, including the stand-alone novels, The White Mists of Power, Heart Readers, and Traitors have won praise around the world.

She also writes science fiction. Io9 has called the hero of her Retrieval Artist series one of the top ten science fiction detectives of all time. Her mystery novels, published under the name Kris Nelscott, are classics of the genre. And her romance novels, published under the name Kristine Grayson, are actually lightweight fantasy novels hiding in another genre.

About the Author

Bestseller Kristine Kathryn Rusch has won or been nominated for every major award in the science fiction and fantasy fields. She has won Hugos for editing The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and for her short fiction. She has also won the Asimov’s SF Magazine Readers Choice Award six times, as well as the SF Age Readers Choice Award, the Locus Award, and the John W. Campbell Award. Alien Influences, first published in England, was a finalist for the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award. Io9 said her Retrieval Artist series featured one of the top ten science fiction detectives ever written. She also writes mystery, romance, and mainstream novels, occasionally using the pen names Kristine Grayson and Kris Nelscott. For more information on her work, go to To find out more about the Fey series, go to

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 922 KB
  • Print Length: 494 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WMG Publishing (8 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Got this in a bundle - unexpectedly good 15 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I haven't finished it yet, but I'm about 3/4 of the way through and I honestly have no idea how it will end - that's quite a feat for a genre novel. Rusch has done an amazing job of making the "bad guy"'s society complex, believable and even somewhat sympathetic. Neither side has a monopoly on jumping to the wrong conclusion on incomplete evidence, either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars tremendous - really enjoyed this ! 8 Oct 2013
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A friend of mine had been telling me for ages that I MUST read these books - I was not disappointed !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally on Kindle 16 Aug 2011
By Jeffrey Scott - Published on
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I am overjoyed to see that Kristine Rusch's Wonderful FEY Series is now being released to Kindle editions. This is an Epic Saga for all true Fantasy Lovers. These are "Must Read" Books and get an A+ from a Fantasy Lover.

The first two books in the series are now available on the Kindle Store - I can wait for the other three to be released !!!!!!
These are Magic Books !!!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Throughout 17 Oct 2012
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Jewel is the grand-daughter of the Black King, the ruler of the Fey. The Fey have conquered half the world and have set their sights on the other half. The only thing standing in their way is Blue Isle - an island known for trade and not warfare. Jewel and her father travel to Blue Isle for what they expect will be a swift victory. But they - and the Islanders - are about to discover a tide-changing secret.

I read this series for the first time more than a decade ago. I remembered enjoying the balance of war and romance very much the first time around and I hoped I would enjoy it a second time. And I did. As an older reader, I do notice holes in it that I didn't when I was younger, but for all that, it is a compelling story that kept me turning pages, even though I know what happens.

Jewel is only one of an array of interesting characters. Kristine Kathryn Rusch takes the opportunity to examine Fey and Islander societies from multiple vantage points - from those their people judge important to those they consider negligible. My favourite characters were Scavenger - a member of the least important Fey known as Red Caps who have no magic and are consequently considered without value - and Matthias - an Elder in a religion which he's not sure he accepts. Though the story switches characters throughout, the pace never flags and each chapter carries the story forward. Definitely worth a read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a page turner 2 Sep 2013
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When you find you are skimming pages trying to get to the good parts, you probably have wasted your money on the book. I have read Rusch's series Driving the Universe. Loved them. Lots of good characters, mystery, nail biting excitement, fun story premise, just can't wait to read the next book in the series kind of book. This was not true for her Fey series. The fey book was predictable, frustrating, with an unbelievable romance between the two main characters, one from a country of cruel mass murderers, that live to kill everyday and a peaceful island people who only the prince and his sword master know his to fight. I gave up trying to read the whole book, skimmed through the book until I finally jumped to the final chapter and read what you knew was going to happen after the fourth chapter. Won't be reading more of this series.

Try instead any other of her series. I for one have enjoyed all of them. They are very unlike, thank you for that, her Fey series.
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