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The Sacrifice: The First Book of the Fey Mass Market Paperback – 1 Dec 1995


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 660 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA (Dec 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553568949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553568943
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 10.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,083,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Aug 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The rating of five stars is really for the series as a whole, not just the first book. I read the second book first, and the first book last, and I can see why some people don't like the first one, but by the end they are SOOO good, it doesn't matter! Persistance is the key! Arianna, Gift and Coulter are great characters, and I can't wait for the second series...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Nov 1998
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At the beginning of this book I was intrigued by the idea of a magical and warlike people invading a peaceful country and failing to overthrow the natives. As I read beyond the first few chapters, however, I became distracted by the writing style, which is most strongly characterized by paragraphs composed of sentence fragments. It seems that many of the characters think in this clipped and broken style as well. I suspect that the author is capable of writing prose that is devoid of this annoying characteristic, and in fact there are sections (albeit short) that read much more smoothly. Unfortunately, these passages did not make up for the style of the rest of the book. In spite of holes in the plot that stretch the bounds of credibility (see an earlier review about bows and arrows for an example; also consider how much sexual attraction Nicholas could possibly have felt toward Jewel in their first meeting, as she was trying to kill him in melee) the story has some appeal. Not enough appeal, unfortunately, for me to be able to recommend this book. The potential for a good and well-told story, represented by the intriguing elements of the plot introduced early in the book, remains unfulfilled.
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When I first saw the title "The Fey" in the book store I thought, naw, I've read this story a thousand times. But Rusch acutally manages to make the rather standard plot into an amazing and original read. This king's daughter/warrior in battle proving her worth story certainly has some cliche elements, but they only give the reader a foothold for Rusch's magic in creating the brilliantly complex characters on both sides of the conflict. I never could decide which side I wanted to win, and never did decide even as it ended. Instead of the standard "some good, some bad people" set up for each side, Rusch puts the "some good, some bad" in each of her characters in a very believable way. Read this book if you're planning on writing some great, complex characters!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Oct 1998
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This book stands alone as one of the few books I considered giving up halfway through. The characters are horrible, the pathetic manner in which the protagonists give into the Fey is depressing, the characterization of the Fey is totally cliche...
I could go on. I can't remember many details of this book, as I read it quite some time ago and was totally disgusted by it, but the horrid taste it left in my mouth remains.
Do not read this book.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Aug 1998
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As I started this book, I had no expectations. I was in the need of a book to read and I found this one on my shelf. I started to read it and was instantly intrigued by the concepts, the worlds, the races. Unfortunately, as I continued to read, I was very disappointed by the shallow, stereotyped characters and the boring plotline.
I found myself unable to root for any character much less either side in the war between the Fey and the Islanders. None of the characters (except with MAYBE the exception of Silence) was the least bit appealing.
Granted, the religion vs. magic / religion = magic ideas were intriguing, but they were greatly overshadowed by the fact that the Fey were battling against something that a 10-year old could have beat with a simple BOW AND ARROW!!!! I will not ruin the plot for you who are reading this and are looking forward to the book (there are many worse books out there to read), but when you are reading it, try not to think about the fa! ct that arrows, much less throwing rocks at the Islanders, could have turned the tide in the war.
For anyone to read this book cover to cover and NOT think about using bows and arrows against the Islanders at least 1000 times, you would have to be truly unimaginative. I almost could have led myself to believe that bows and arrows were not yet discovered, but for two things: one society already had watches, and the fact that the Islanders were shooting arrows at the Fey!!!!!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 April 1999
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"This book is not to be tossed lightly aside, but rather hurled with great force." Dorothy Parker
I gave up at the first 1/3. The characters were caricatures, the plot was plodding and the writing was marginally worse than Mercedes Lacky (and that is an achievement).
I realize the author has written some other books that aren't terrible (her star trek collaborations are pretty readable), but this one should not have been published until there were at least three more rewrites.
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