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Rifkind's Challenge

Lynn Abbey

Tor Books

In a desert world ruled by men, Rifkind has always been one apart. A chieftain's daughter, she learned to wield a sword while all other women were bound by tribal custom to children and the cooking fire. But when her clan was massacred, she set forth on a quest for her destiny in savage lands ruled by magic and the sword.

For a while she had thought that she had found a home. She practiced the healing arts and raised her son.

But now she has once again heard a personal call to arms, a call to leave behind the safety of her home. She will once again take up the way of the sword, the way of sorcery. And this time she is not alone.


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Chapter One

The brilliant orange sun sank toward the broad horizon of the Asheeran steppe. Sensing that another day had passed without a lightstorm, men and women emerged from a cluster of squat, round tents to begin their daily tasks. With shrieks of delight, a knot of children began a vicious game of tag with sticks and a fist-sized leather ball while their elders looked to their chores.

Though winter had ebbed and the snow had melted down to crescents, the air remained cold and dry with a stiff breeze from the south. Dust clouds hung in the near distance both east and west of the
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Praise for Sanctuary

"Fans of Thieves' World will relish this sprawling epic, rich with sword and sorcery...and after ten years, the gates to this famed city are reopened, assuring all that more adventures are just around the corner."--Publishers Weekly

"Good news for all heroic fantasy fans."--Booklist

"Although this is primarily an adventure story, and a pretty good one at that, it is also a richer and more detailed novel...the book is both more ambitious and more rewarding than most similar fantasy adventures, as well as providing a nostalgic return to the Thieves' World."--Science Fiction Chronicle

Praise for Thieves' World

"The longest-running and in many ways the best shared-world anthology."--Booklist on Storm Season

"Brilliantly conceived."--C. J. Cherryh

"All the things that make fantasy worth reading."--Booklist

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Lynn Abbey

  • Lynn Abbey lives in Leesburg, Florida. She and her ex-husband created Thieves' World over twenty years ago, where it launched the shared world anthology subgenre. She is also the author of the successful Behind Time series for Ace.
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