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"She was born in poverty in a dusty village under the equatorial sun. She does not remember her own name--her earliest clear memory is of the day her father sold her to the tall pale man. In the Court of the Pomegranate Tree, where she was taught the ways of a great lady, the ways of a courtesan, she was named Emerald, the precious jewel of the Undying Duke's collection of beauties. She calls herself Green..."--dust cover flap.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765321855
Call Number: LAKE
Characteristics: 368 p. ; 25 cm
Subjects: Fantasy fiction.
Political corruption -- Fiction.
Magic -- Fiction.
Gods -- Fiction.
Courtesans -- Fiction.


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multcolib_central Aug 08, 2014

Start a great fantasy series. Portland author I wish he'd had the time to write more.

Vilka Nov 22, 2013

Started off very well: a little girl is sold by her poor father and taken across the sea to be trained in cruel isolation to be a high-class lady/courtesan for a mysterious Duke. She secretly rages against her captivity and vows to escape and end child trafficking. As it turns out, two of her keepers seem to have their own rather different plans for her... But then the author seems to lose the threads of the story and starts to wander. I hope the author improves, because the beginning had such promise!

brightling Feb 20, 2010

I would not consider the sexual content to be particularly explicit, but there are elements that some may find either offensive or disturbing and should be cautioned. The general attitude toward sexuality in the book is incredibly uninhibited and also contains darker elements of "bdsm" at times. The author actually does quite a good job of having these attitudes be cohesive and consistent throughout the environment of the novel, not seeming to have included them for shock value. However this almost nonchalant portrayal, of what in reality can be a very intense and personal form of sexual awareness, lacks a depth of understanding in the presentation that I feel would help some readers better reconcile with what can be confusing and disturbing content. Other than that it was an interesting story.


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brightling Feb 20, 2010

Sexual Content: While not necessarily explicit this novel does contain elements of BDSM and varying forms of very open sexuality. I would caution readers with more sensitive views.


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