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The night bird
Catherine Asaro
Adult Fiction ASARO

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Nebula-winner Asaro gives her tried-and-true romance formula another run in the passionate fifth installment of the Lost Continent series (after 2007's The Fire Opal). Beautiful young novice mage Allegra, abducted from her homeland by violent desert raiders intent on selling her into slavery, desperately plots her escape from the male-dominated Jazid culture, where women are legally animals, but finds herself irresistibly drawn to her handsome owner, the renegade prince regent Markus Onyx. Her unusual mage skills may gain her freedom, but the intense bond between her and Markus could give her the political power to change their lands forever. Asaro offers intriguing glimpses into Jazid society amid the sweaty bedsheets and intense machinations over treaties and wars. Though reminiscent of her earlier works and a bit heavy on the stereotypes, this rousing adventure of forbidden love, daredevil exploits and magic will captivate readers who like a little fantasy and politics in their romance. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Allegra's life as a free woman of Aronsdale ends when Jazid nomads capture her with the intent of selling her to the highest bidder. Deprived at first of her spells, Allegra has only her wit and determination to keep her sane. When a prince of Jazid buys her, she finds a way to charm him into marriage, but despite her change in fortune, Allegra must figure out how to save her people from invasion. Asaro's latest installment in her fantasy romance series (Moonglow; The Fire Opal; The Misted Cliffs) features her characteristically sensual prose and rich descriptions. A good addition to fantasy and romance collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Allegra
Training to be a mage; abducted from her home by desert raiders intent on selling her into slavery; plots her escape; finds herself falling in love with her owner, Markus; determined to save her homeland from the male-dominated Jazids.

Markus Onyx
Owns Allegra; member of the Jazid society; finds himself falling in love with Allegra; wants to make her his queen.

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