The Thirteen Orphans and their allies have opened the ninth gate into the Lands Born from Smoke and Sacrifice . . . and discover that the Lands have been altered almost beyond recognition, transformed by magic into an apparently uninhabited world where land shifts beneath one’s feet and fire burns blue. Investigating, the Orphans learn that the Center of the world is sealed behind nearly-impassable barriers composed of each of the five elements of Chinese myth. Combining ancient and modern magics, a scouting party penetrates the barriers, only to be captured and given over to tortures designed to separate the Orphans from their magical abilities.
On Earth, Pearl Bright, the Tiger, is attacked—is this treachery by our world’s magical traditions or has one of the Orphans betrayed her? Brenda Morris learns of the Orphans’ dangers when it is nearly too late—but along with the sidhe, who are drawn to her Irish heritage, Brenda risks her life to help rescue those trapped in the Lands.
A story of betrayal and redemption, of bravery in the face of terror, and of loyalty and hatred that reach beyond the grave, Five Odd Honors continues Jane Lindskold’s stunning Breaking the Wall series.
“A convincing tale of a young woman entering adulthood, assuming responsibility for herself and others, and making sometimes-wrenching decisions. Recommend this one to [readers] who enjoy urban fantasies by authors such as Charles de Lint, Jim Butcher, or Lilith Saintcrow.”--School Library Journal on Thirteen Orphans
“Fans of Charles de Lint and Jim Butcher will enjoy this intricate, beautifully written urban fantasy and will wait impatiently for the next installment.”--VOYA on Thirteen Orphans
“I highly recommend Thirteen Orphans to readers who like urban fantasy, stories where brains are as important as powers, and just a touch of romance.”--SFRevu.com on Thirteen Orphans
“[Recalls] stories by Chinese writers such as Amy Tan. An interesting blend of the modern world and Chinese mythology. I look forward to the sequel.”--SciFi.com on Thirteen Orphans