Paladín

Palad n The Lord Saukendar Imperial sword master and stalwart supporter of the Emperor is betrayed falsely accused of an affair with his childhood sweetheart Lady Meiya now the Emperor s wife Meiya is dead

  • Title: Paladín
  • Author: C.J. Cherryh Juan Giménez
  • ISBN: 9788440622563
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Lord Saukendar, Imperial sword master and stalwart supporter of the Emperor is betrayed, falsely accused of an affair with his childhood sweetheart Lady Meiya, now the Emperor s wife Meiya is dead, and hostile forces have command of the Emperor s regency Wounded, desperate and cut off from his supporters, Saukendar runs for the border.In a homemade cabin high in theThe Lord Saukendar, Imperial sword master and stalwart supporter of the Emperor is betrayed, falsely accused of an affair with his childhood sweetheart Lady Meiya, now the Emperor s wife Meiya is dead, and hostile forces have command of the Emperor s regency Wounded, desperate and cut off from his supporters, Saukendar runs for the border.In a homemade cabin high in the hills Saukendar survives crippled and alone, his warhorse Jiro and his regrets his only company, while the empire is bled by the rapacious warlords that are regent to the Emperor Only occasional assassins dispatched by the Regent disturb his morose existence.Taizu, a country girl from Hua locates him, demands he teach her sufficient swordsmanship to extract her revenge for her people s suffering Despite his better judgment and strenuous efforts to discourage her, she forces him to take her on as apprentice swordswoman Shoka, as he prefers to be known to his friends, becomes fond of the girl.In the process of teaching her and supporting her cause, they become embroiled in the affairs of empire, becoming the spearhead of a revolt that rescues the Emperor from his Regent and his people from the clutches of the warlords.

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    1. I wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't. All I'll say here is, I don't exactly feel flattered by Cherryh's view of "men" in general. The old "paladin" spends half the book considering forcing the heroine to have sex with himr her own good of course Sheesh. Talk about a really tired stereotype. I suppose the constant idiocy of the male character in this novel is to show the female character's struggle to be taken as an equal, but it just doesn't work. Well, it doesn't work unless you have [...]

    2. I'm of two minds about C.J. Cherryh's The Paladin. It starts out promisingly, with the peasant girl Taizu arriving at the mountain hideaway of Saukendar, exiled swordmaster, and begging him to teach her to fight. Unwillingly, he accepts her as a pupil, and the first half of the book explores the training and their growing relationship. I found this section entirely engrossing. It's all from Saukendar's point of view, and it's fascinating to watch him reluctantly grow to accept and even care for [...]

    3. I forced myself to finish this one because it counts for my WWE Women of Genre Fiction challenge, but I wasn't very happy about it. This isn't a great introduction to C.J. Cherryh's work, I think: it's a standalone fantasy-ish alternate history-ish story, which would normally be right up my alley. It's even a break from the medieval European fantasy that gluts the genre, based on Chinese culture and history (so far as I can tell). It has a strong female protagonist who becomes a swordswoman. And [...]

    4. Looking for a night in shining armor, a paragon of virtue and flawless character? An untarnished hero who is a beacon of light standing against the darkness? Look somewhere else.In a nutshell we have the main character, and exiled sword master from a china-like fantasy kingdom. A peasant girl whose family have been casualties of the political strife in his former kingdom comes to him and demands that he train her so that she can revenge herself on the Lord responsible. I don't think that it's re [...]

    5. I blush to admit it, but I was thinking Andre Norton and her usual coming-of-age female protagonists when I grabbed this book off the “new book” shelf at the library (which is where the librarians put various books on display, whether they are new or not). Consequently, I was a bit surprised as I got into the book about the slightly risqué relationship between the two major figures. To tell the truth, it had been so long since I had read any of Cherryh’s other books (the only one I could [...]

    6. This fantasy novel is set in a world that is very clearly inspired by East Asian culture and history. It is the story of Shoka, an exiled member of the nobility and master swordsman, and Taizu, the young girl who shows up at his mountain retreat. Scarred mentally and physically by the political turmoil and violence of the outside world, she convinces Shoka to teach her so that she can take revenge against those who destroyed her home and her formerly peaceful life. Shoka initially resists the id [...]

    7. An intense but fun novel about a young woman in a Japan-ish fantasyland and her relationship with the retired swordsman who reluctantly trains her. Nowhere near as cliched as you might imagine, and full of marvelous training sequences. Not a fantasy except in the sense of taking place in a country that doesn't exist.

    8. Picking up The Paladin has been an interesting experience. It’s an older standalone fantasy book that was first published in 1988 and has since been largely forgotten, I believe. The author is the fantastic C.J. Cherryh, of whom I’m a fan. She has an amazing collection of work, and if one hasn’t read her yet, one probably should at least sample her work.I’ve had the mass-market paperback for years now, and it was one of the few fantasy books I read back when I was in middle school. My me [...]

    9. Cherryh is one of my favourite authors, and this is one of my favourites of her (many) books.In some ways it's not a typical Cherryh book, as some of the usual characteristics of her style are absent or muted: most noticeably there's far less emphasis than usual on the internal thought processes of the protagonists. Most of her books could never be described as action-oriented - even the more recent volumes in the Foreigner series, which have tended towards more excitement, are still built aroun [...]

    10. I like Cherryh, and I think this is her best book. It isn't exactly a fantasy, since there is no magic, although the male protagonist uses other people's belief in magic, as he uses every other tool he can find. It isn't exactly a historical novel, since the author has created her own map and society based on some mix of Chinese and Japanese. The male protagonist is a brilliant, bitter man who has surrendered long ago—gone into exile to get out of a corrupt political struggle which he cannot w [...]

    11. As much as I love Cherryh's science fiction, my favorite books by her are the Rusalka series. This book feels a lot like those, although perhaps not nearly as stellar.In addition to the world-building (a semi-China or Japan) and the general feel of the book, what I liked the most was the way Cherryh chose to use the problematic guy as the protagonist. It would have been oh so easy to write this story from the point of view of the young girl, but instead, we follow the less sympathetic man, who s [...]

    12. Okay. For the first two thirds or so, this was a full-on five-star book. It was a completely awesome story of a reclusive master swordsman who lives on a mountain in the middle of nowhere, and this girl who comes and insists he train her. Totally great. I love an apprentice story, which is basically a makeover story (and I have probably said before that I LOVE makeover stories), and the characters were interesting and behaved like normal, stupid peopleD THEN, just when things are getting good, t [...]

    13. I really wasn't expecting to give a sword-heavy book five stars, but Cherryh has made me a fan all over again.The usual line would be tough guy gets tough girl with a lot of adventure along the way; and that is the basic story line, I suppose. But I couldn't put this one down. The tension and process of coming to an accommodation with another human in order to share a life is described with a perfect trueness. There is attention to life detail that makes these characters real, and the story more [...]

    14. A solid effort from Cherryh. It was both gripping and pleasingly character-focused, and I felt that the obvious Asian influences on the setting were handled with respect. The first half was, I think, stronger than the second half, which felt rushed in comparison, but it was a satisfying read none the less.

    15. I found the book to be slow, it was a real struggle to finish the book. Not fantasy, just a "historical fiction" set in a fictional world. The author's view point on men in general made the book tough to swallow. I'm all for realistic characters, but the old warrior just ended up being very one dimensional.

    16. When I can wrench myself out of the story long enough to contemplate craft, this book is a stunning example of how to build and reveal character without ever entering that character's pov.This book straddles genres. Fantasy, with Asian-flavoured world building. Adventure, yes. Redemption. Revenge. Love story. Yes!

    17. I really like this book. The first half is amazing but the second half hares off on a political maneuvering/war thing that wasn't near as interesting. When I reread it, I usually skim the second half.

    18. A stand alone novel unrelated to any of Cherryh's others. A classic rif on the unwilling swordmaster dragged back into the world by a determined disciple.

    19. Cherryh's Cyteen series - published the same year as 'Paladin' - impacted me greatly and helped shape or sharpen a number of my worldviews about people. Somehow I never got around to 'Paladin' until now.How the same person authored both is just beyond me. The first two thirds of 'Paladin' are at best eye-rolling, cringe worthy, repetitive, and downright insulting. The only reason I slogged through to the very end was the hope that just maybe Cherryh would reveal that this whole novel was written [...]

    20. Toto má do fantasy opravdu daleko. Takže si to vyřaďte ze seznamů fantastiky, pokud to tam máte.První třetina knihy je okoukávání situace, která je podána celkem slušně a srozumitelně. Druhá třetina knihy je o slovech "blázen" a "nebudu s vámi spát". Asi nejzajímavější část knihy.Poslední třetina knihy je učiněný chaos. Co je však důležitější, není to nejhorší, ale není to ani pro příliš mladé čtenáře. (Soudím podle sebe. Protože až po určité [...]

    21. The slow steady development of the two central characters makes this book worthwhile, as the pace is snail like. The conclusion of the book was a bit of a disappointment, considering the purpose of Taizu's reason for learning how to kill, it passed almost without any description at all. There were some rare moments of tension, but the books strength is in the characters. As with the other Cherryh books I've read, the text is sometimes obscure, and the meaning hard to discern, requiring several p [...]

    22. From what I know of Chinese history, which is better than the usual white-devil (Yan0guis), but worse than any typical Han who happens to be a book-worm, this is a pretty solid attempt a getting into the protagonists' heads in a culture most readers shan't be familiar with.

    23. Not what I expected but still worth reading. Cherryh makes her characters come alive. It had been years since I'd read any of her books, and this one makes me want to add more of them to my "read soon" stack.

    24. ☺ Cherryh in fine storytelling form! !Loved the characters and their worldre installment us soon? Love her work! Demons and ccurmudgeons , pigs and war l in a day's work.

    25. Once the most skilled swordmaster of the Chiyaden kingdom, Saukendar has been quietly living in exile for the past 9 years or so. Betrayed by his Emperor, he left everyone and everything behind, except for his warhorse Jiro, the only living thing he still cares about. He’s used to would-be apprentices seeking him out and he’s used to sending them away. Taizu, a headstrong peasant girl, changes everything. Lord Gitu and his soldiers murdered her family and destroyed her village; she wants rev [...]

    26. 3,5 starsFirst book I've read by Cherryh and I'm intrigued. It's a standalone, martial-arts-fantasy set in a land very similar to medievil China. An inland Empire called Chiyaden, a nation of warring provinces, courtly intrigue and a weak Emperor where lords take advantage of the peasant population and women are second class citizens. Taizu, a young 16-year old girl who had her entire village slaughtered by the warlord Gitu, is dead set on revenge. Shoka, a legendary swordsman betrayed by his Em [...]

    27. This is a very good book. I have some quibbles about whether the story we get is the one originally promised -- I, for one, thought a different character was the paladin -- but the story we get is enjoyable.Taizu's training is detailed, and Cherryh clearly did her research. The story is set in an Oriental land, but references to squash and opossum make it clear that it's not set on our world (or, if it is, that it's set after trade began between the Americas and the Orient). There is no magic, a [...]

    28. The Paladin is not really the book I wanted it to be.My previous exposure to Cherryh has been some of the Foreigner and Alliance/Union books, which I enjoyed; I've never read her fantasy. I had a feeling this wasn't going to be dark SF, but I didn't know what to expect. It turns out to be a no-magic fantasy set in a vaguely Chinese secondary world in which a girl, Taizu, is seeking revenge on a local warlord and is hoping to be trained by Shoka, who was the greatest court swordsman of his day be [...]

    29. If this book had been made into a movie, it would have had to star Don Ameche because it seemed to largely be a retelling of "The Bickersons". Set in a pseudo-Asian environment, this is a tale of a young girl out to enlist an exiled master swordsman in her effort to rub out the royal usurper who has seized the fictional country's throne. The entire story is dominated by the fact that, after a decade of living on his own, the title character, Shoka (Lord Saukendar), is as horny as a hoot owl. The [...]

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