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Obedience. Self-restraint. Endurance. Silence....

These are the duties of a Highborn lady, and like the veils, masks, and tight-fitting underskirts female Kencyr students are obliged to wear, Jame finds them damnably constricting. Sent here by her brother Torisen, Highlord of the Kencyrath, she has tried valiantly to fit in, but the unruly girl can't help throwing the quiet Women's Halls into an uproar. 

It's not entirely Jame's fault, though. While Tori's vain and vicious consort treats her like an underling, the Kencyr Matriarchs, determined to winnow out her secrets, scheme to use her to their own advantage. And her own brother wants nothing to do with her. On top of this, Shadow Guild assassins have come hunting her, eager to fulfill a long-held contract to dispose of the last of the powerful Knorth clan. It's no wonder that Jame decamps. 

In the company of her telepathic hunting cat, Jorin, a runaway priestling named Kindrie, and a chance-met squad of cadets, she sets out to rescue a friend from a cruel and ambitious Kencyr lord who seeks the deadly Book Bound in Pale Leather. Dodging ghostwalkers and shadow assassins, riding weirdingstorms and peripatetic trees, Jame discovers that her life is tangled up in a much larger purpose. For the war against Perimal Darkling cannot resume until three terrible objects of power, and the avatars who will wield them, appear. And she just might be one of them....

©2000 P.C. Hodgell (P)2019 Recorded Books

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creative and powerful

loved the book, loved the performance. Solid story full of interesting twists. Very creative descriptions throughout. Haunting at times as well. Loyalty, Honor, Truths and moral conundrums.

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Amazing!

Wonderful performance of beautiful writing! I've read & reread this book so many times, and Jennifer O'Donnell captures the essence of the characters beautifully. Thank you!!

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The Court of High Born Women

I've listened to Jennifer O'Donnell's reading of the first two books in this series with pleasure. In this case the book is nearly 20 hours long and I had a hard time turning it off. In fact I listened to it all night.

As for the story, I was a fan of P. C. Hodgell's books since the mid 80s when she released Godstalk and Dark of the Gods. She had a hard time keeping her publishers, which I could not understand. I had bought an earlier copy of The Seekers Mask in print, but I think that O'Donnell brings a new depth to a story I already enjoyed. It's both fantastic and full of action with a good dollop of humor.

Finally I got to learn something more about the domestic life and politics of the High Born. Looking forward to hearing more of the books in this series.

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Great story carries over marginal narration

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Seven stars *******