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War Maid's Choice (War God Book 4) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

David Weber

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Barbarian Bahzell, originally an outsider to so-called civilization, has become the first hradani wind rider in history—a position that confers elite status within the territories of the powerful Sothoii. But certain very powerful and very nasty sorts are not at all happy about Bahzells' new status, and resentment stirs. Deadly resentment.

To complicate matters even further, Baron Tellian's daughter, the heir to the realm, is convinced that Bahzell is the only man—or hradani—for her. Yet Bahzell is no stranger to entanglements and threats, and his enemies are the ones who had best watch themselves. For they aren't just going up against any hradani barbarian, but a tried and proven champion of the War God Himself.

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With over 7 million copies of his books in print and seventeen titles on the New York Times bestseller list, David Weber is the science fiction publishing phenomenon of the new millennium. In the hugely popular Honor Harrington series, the spirit of C.S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower and Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander lives on—into the galactic future. Books in the Honor Harrington and Honoverse series have appeared on fourteen best seller lists, including those of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA TODAY. While Weber is best known for his spirited, modern-minded space operas, he is also the creator of the Oath of Swords fantasy series and the Dahak science fiction saga. Weber has also engaged in a steady stream of bestselling collaborations, including his Starfire series with Steve White, which produced the New York Times bestseller The Shiva Option among others. Weber’s collaboration with alternate history master Eric Flint led to the bestselling 1634: The Baltic War, and his planetary adventure novels with military science fiction ace and multiple national bestseller John Ringo includes the blockbusters March to the Stars and We Few. Finally, Weber’s teaming with Linda Evans produced the bestselling Multiverse series. David Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife and children.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Seven years later.. 7 juillet 2012
Par L. Roth - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've been waiting a long time for this book. War Maid's Choice is the fourth book in a continuing series written around Bahzell Bahnakson, one time barbarian prince of the outcast Hradani Horsestealer clan who despite himself ended up becoming a champion of Tomanak, God of War & Justice. I say a long time because of the interval between the books in the series. Oath of Swords was released in 1995, followed by The War God's Own in 1999, and Wind Rider's Oath (Weber, David) in 2005. I also say a long time because this book is set 7 years after the previous installment. Quite a few developments have taken place in that time. But first, some backstory (and spoilers if you haven't read the first three books.

For 12 centuries, the assorted races of men, dwarves, elves, half-elves, halflings, and Hradani have been struggling to rebuild civilization on the continent of Norfressa after fleeing from the dark wizard lords of Kontovar, across the sea. (The Fall of Kontovar was but one skirmish across many universes being fought between the Gods of Light and those of the Dark.) They've slowly settled the land, rebuilt their numbers, and established a number of kingdoms and empires. It is a world of swords and magic.

Bahzell Bahnakson is a prince of the Hradani Horsestealer Clan; the first three books are the story of how he goes from being a fugitive on the run with his friend Brandark Brandarkson to becoming a champion of the god of War and Justice - Tomanak. It's quite a journey - Hradani are despised by the other races because their ancestors were turned into berserkers by the dark wizards of Kontovar, and they are still feared for their greater size and strength, and the sometimes uncontrollable killing rages their men are cursed with. Bahzell is a giant even for Horsestealers, and the first Hradani champion of any god in centuries. He's had quite a tough job to do - but he's done it (with some help).

In the course of the previous three books, he's been instrumental in changing the reputation of the Hradani, helped inflict some huge defeats on the Dark Gods and their minions, brought some unusual allies together, and established a working truce between the Hradani and the empire of the Sothoii, their nearest human neighbors and hereditary enemies. He's also shaken things up even more by becoming the first Hradani wind rider, bonding with a Sothoii courser named Walsharno. Coursers are horse-like, but far bigger than ordinary horses, have incredible stamina, strength and power, intelligence, and are telepathic with the riders they chose to bond with - which in Walsharno's case also makes him the first courser champion of Tomanak. Between them and their own talents, they are unusually effective at channeling the power of Tomanak for combat, healing, and the other tasks that fall to a god's champion.

In the seven years since the end of the previous book, Bahzell has become a trusted intermediary between his father Bahnak, who has united the Hradani into a confederation, and one of the most powerful barons of the Sothoii, Baron Tellian. Between those connections and his alliance with a merchant prince of the dwarves, Kilthan, they've embarked on a joint project to build a canal and tunnel connection between their realms which will open up vast new trading routes and reshape the economies of their kingdoms. Traditional enemies are learning to work together, learning to respect each other - and are making life very difficult for the Dark Gods.

Even as plans go forward, the forces of the Dark are maneuvering to throw everything into chaos and take out Bahzell and those around him. The battle between the Gods of Light and those of the Dark is approaching a crucial nexus, where not even they can foresee what will happen. And to make things more interesting, the title of the book, War Maid's Choice refers to one Leeana and what she plans to do now that she's reached the age of 21 - adulthood for a Sothoii woman.

She was the only child of Tellian and his wife. In the previous book, she'd fled to the War Maids at age 14, fleeing a marriage that would have been forced on her by the other barons of the kingdom to ensure the succession of the West Riding - and to attack her father who would have opposed it. The War Maids are women who, through an old Sothoii royal charter, have been allowed to form their own communities and govern themselves. They're a pain in the side of a very patriarchal culture, regarded as immoral and unnatural - and grudgingly respected as fierce fighters with their own combat style.

Forced to give up all her family connections by the law that established the War Maids, Leeana has spent the seven years maturing into a formidable warrior in her own right. Tall even for the notably tall Sothoii, she's also bright and well schooled in politics and intrigue by her former life. Freed from the bounds that would otherwise have been imposed on her by her society, she is not afraid to set her own course in life, and is as stubborn in her own way as a certain Hradani champion... Gods, men, coursers, wizards - Leeana's choice is going to turn things topsy-turvy for all as the balance between Light and Dark hangs in the balance.

War Maid's Choice is typical Weber in some ways; long passages setting up schemes as characters plot out the details at length, long descriptive passages, eventually building to a climax when all the plotting leads to action. As usual, there are some heavy hints of Things To Come in a future installment, and Weber throws in one plot twist that's just a little too Deus ex machina to be really comfortable. And despite the agonizing over some actions with potential for some real sturm und drang, the actual events almost proceed too smoothly to be entirely convincing.

It's not the worst way to spend some time reading, the characters can be entertaining, and this book has a sense of a lot of loose ends being tidied up from the previous books. For a fantasy novel with wizards and warriors, the industrial plot elements from the dwarvish side add an interesting twist; one minor scene lays the ground work for railroading in the near future - though no signs of steam power are yet in sight. There's also the problem of trying to throw in some details to establish a certain cultural feel - keeping track of names can be a bit confusing. It's just as well the book has an appendix spelling out the pantheon of gods, and a list of all the characters.

While Weber is leaving some obvious hints for sequels to follow (hopefully at shorter intervals if so), this particular installment seems to end up at a place that makes a good stopping point, with a certain sense of resolution to it. This is probably not the best book to start reading the series; happily there is a solution. The Baen Books website has the complete first two books available on line for free, as well as the first 12 chapters of the third book, and the first 10 chapters of this book.

All in all, if you enjoy the earlier books in the series, you should enjoy this one too. One more thing: the first book in the series has maps that cover most of Norfressa, though not to any great level of detail. The third book in the series has maps that cover the Wind Plain, the Northern Confederation of the Hradani, and the Empire of the Axe down to a lot more detail. They'd make following this story a lot easier - pity Weber didn't include them in this book, updated with all the canals, tunnels, etc. that are so vital to the plot this time around.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 More Disappointing work from Weber 3 juillet 2012
Par Mvargus - Publié sur Amazon.com
I've been reading the works of David Weber for more than a decade. His early works are amazingly tight stories with good characters and a plot that moved smoothly.

However, his last few stories have ended up being ponderous works where page after page is a long slow exposition describing the antics of the villains.

War Maid's Choice falls into the second category.

It's a story with interesting characters, who get very little time on the page. Weber seemed to feel the need to have every second chapter be about the villains and they discussed their plot, or moved it forward with another strategm that would take twenty pages or more to describe, when the simple description was "convince person A to back person B in front of the king."

The story was painful to read. Once again in a Weber novel the villains just aren't worth reading about. They were cliche and over-the-top much like a James Bond Villain is, but not ain a good way. The playfulness that makes James Bond villains fun is lost in the pedestrian intrigue.

Bahzell remains a great character, but this story doesn't give him much time to grow. Brandark and Warsharno get even less time, but this story is supposed to be about Leeana, and where her life is going seven years after Wind Rider's Oath ended.

She gets some good scenes and had definitely grown as a character, but the story limited her in subtle ways.

In the end, this felt like another "filler" work. Weber even telegraphs that he's thinking of at least one more book and that certain characters are important to future installments. The problem is that its not good filler work. The final scenes are good, but I couldn't feel that all the time I spent fighting through the muck of the overwritten intrigue and plotting was worth the climax. It ended up feeling extremely hollow to me.

Someone needs to get David Weber into a private office and talk to him about the direction his writing is going. His earlier works are fun, well written and focus on single characters without the outrageous emphasis on showing everything the villains are doing. His recent works spend far to much time giving the details of the villains plans without rewarding the reader for learning this information.

Unless you are a huge fan of this series, stick to the first two books and don't bother with Wind Rider's Oath and this book, they are not worth the time.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Stilted and painful 15 juillet 2012
Par Mac Ceallach - Publié sur Amazon.com
I have been a fan of Weber since high school, but have been disappointed by his most recent works. This one, however, is the first one I was simply unable to complete.

As always, his world-building was solid, and was the one redeeming feature of this book. A great deal of the mythology of this universe was fleshed out in the first couple of chapters, and cleared up some questions I had from the first three books in the series. The 'seven years in' look at the Hradani confederation and their interactions with their traditional enemies were also enjoyable. The dialogue, however, was simply painful to wade through. Every conversation between the 'good guys' contained the general formula of:


"<jocular insult #1>"

"<jocular insult #2 in reply>"

"<jocular insult #3 and/or threat of bodily harm>"


All of them. Including the councils of war. It got to the point that I was actually looking forward to the villain's cliched conversations simply because there were fewer strained jokes.

Added to that was an egregiously forced romance- the female lead turns 21, then confronts the male lead over mutual feelings of attraction that apparently stem from the conversation they had when said female lead was 14 years old. The point had been made, repeatedly and at unnecessary length, that her visits home were few and far between, so there wasn't even the excuse that the romance developed off-page. At the end of the conversation, they are sleeping together, and are married by divine blessing the next day. And she gets a magical horse of her own so she can ride hand-in-hand with her new husband. And they can all talk to each other.

It was obvious the pairing was coming from the earlier books, i.e. as soon as Weber made the point that she was six-foot-six and wanted a man taller than herself, but he could at least have put some effort into it. It's like he's just stopped caring.

Loyalty to the author carried me three hundred-plus pages in. It didn't make it to the remaining two hundred and fifty.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Totally formulaic 15 août 2012
Par LT, NYCity - Publié sur Amazon.com
Weber has lost his voice. I loved the earlier books in this series. I couldn't put them down. But with this book, first I found myself putting it aside for days, then deciding to "skim" and even stopping that eventually. I never finished it. The formulaic dialogue was just too painful. In addition to the "jocular insult" formula mentioned by another reviewer, there is the "good guy" dialog formula. Someone realizes another is feeling inadequate. There follows pages and pages of "feel good" soliloquy on how wonderful the other person is (and how great the speaker is for saying so!). There is no character development at all. Weber has always been wordy. But they never made my eyes glaze over before. This book was an extreme disappointment.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The Good and the Bad 9 août 2012
Par rabidreader - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is the fourth in Weber's Bahzell Bahnakson series - high fantasy with some humorous elements, desperate battles against the forces of evil, and some creative additions to the usual dwarf/elf/human fantasy world.

This wasn't a bad book, but ultimately I was a bit disappointed, as it shows many of the same flaws as much of Weber's more recent work. There's a huge amount of book space spent on exhaustively detailed scenes of the bad guys plotting. Throw in overly detailed scenes of battle mayhem, and careful descriptions of engineering techniques, and I end up feeling that there wasn't enough time spent with the heroes, who make for a lot more entertaining a story than the bad guy of the week who's going to end up dead by the end of the book.

I can't help but wishing that the plot of this book had been streamlined into a package more like Oath of Swords or War God's Own - cutting out about a half of the extraneous descriptions and scenes of evil plotting to produce a book that was quick paced, entertaining, and just plain fun.
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