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To Ride A Rathorn Hardcover – 26 Sep 2006

4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
Book 4 of 6 in the Kencyrath Series

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc.; 1st MM Pub. Ed edition (26 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592221025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592221028
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,711,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"To Ride a Rathorn" the fourth book of the Kencyrath, P. C. Hodgell,'s latest high fantasy novel, is the sequel to Seeker's "Mask (3rd)", which in turn follows "God Stalk (1st)" and "Dark of the Moon (2nd)" collected in the Meisha Merlin omnibus, "Dark of the Gods". These are the chronicles of Jamethiel Priest's-bane, otherwise known as Jame, as she struggles to find a place in a universe full of danger, intrigue, and more than a bit of downright lunacy. The current novel's title "To Ride a Rathorn", comes from the Kencyr phrase that refers to someone attempting something insane, but it is too dangerous for them to stop. The reference is also to a certain young rathorn (think of an armor-plated, carnivorous unicorn with a nasty temper) who is after Jame for killing his mother and about to catch up with her. At Tentir, Jame faces cut-throat competition and finds even more buried, poisonous family secrets. Not only is the Caineron heir sent to humiliate her but a charming Ardeth Highborn arrives hell-bent on seducing her.

Then too, what is she to make of the mysterious White Lady who haunts her dreams or of the growling monster and prowls Tentir's hallways and is said to eat young cadets for breakfast? For she is learning Tentir has secrets of its own. And it is fighting for its soul. Under political pressure that threatens to compromise its independence, it looks to its Commandant, an honorable man; but also a Caineron. As the college tests Jame, so she tests it. "Some things need to be broken."

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Hy D. Tran
4.0 out of 5 starsExcellent sequel to Jame's adventures
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Paul O'Connor
5.0 out of 5 starsThank you, P.C. Hodgell
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5.0 out of 5 starsA fantasy that has it all
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5.0 out of 5 starsstupendously brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 starsThis series just keeps getting better.
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