The Night Bird

The Night Bird Her beauty made her a captive Her power would set her free For centuries the women of Aronsdale have lived freely among the green and misted valleys Creatures of exotic beauty and sensuality they pos

  • Title: The Night Bird
  • Author: Catherine Asaro
  • ISBN: 9780373802685
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Paperback
  • Her beauty made her a captive Her power would set her free.For centuries the women of Aronsdale have lived freely among the green and misted valleys Creatures of exotic beauty and sensuality, they possess powerful skills of enchantment and young Allegro is no different But her life and Aronsdale s independence is threatened when Jazid nomads invade, carrying Allegro intHer beauty made her a captive Her power would set her free.For centuries the women of Aronsdale have lived freely among the green and misted valleys Creatures of exotic beauty and sensuality, they possess powerful skills of enchantment and young Allegro is no different But her life and Aronsdale s independence is threatened when Jazid nomads invade, carrying Allegro into the desert as a prized trophy or worse.Until an unexpected ally falls under her spell From the moment feared Jazid warrior Markus Onyx sees the alluring beauty, he knows he has found his queen.But even the promise of love cannot quell Allegro s determination to save her homeland Summoning her powers, she casts herself north out of passion s grip and into the dark heart of conflict

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    About "Catherine Asaro"

    1. Catherine Asaro

      Blog at facebook Catherine.AsThe author of than twenty five books, Catherine Asaro is acclaimed for her Ruby Dynasty series, which combines adventure, science, romance and fast paced action Her novel The Quantum Rose won the Nebula Award, as did her novella The Spacetime Pool Among her many other distinctions, she is a multiple winner of the AnLab from Analog magazine and a three time recipient of the RT BOOKClub Award for Best Science Fiction Novel Her most recent novel, Carnelians, came out in October, 2011 An anthology of her short fiction titled Aurora in Four Voices is available from ISFiC Press in hardcover, and her multiple award winning novella The City of Cries is also available as an eBook for Kindle and Nook.Catherine has two music CD s out and she is currently working on her third The first, Diamond Star, is the soundtrack for her novel of the same name, performed with the rock band, Point Valid She appears as a vocalist at cons, clubs, and other venues in the US and abroad, including recently as the Guest of Honor at the Denmark and New Zealand National Science Fiction Conventions She performs selections from her work in a multimedia project that mixes literature, dance, and music with Greg Adams as her accompanist She is also a theoretical physicist with a PhD in Chemical Physics from Harvard, and a jazz and ballet dancer Visit her at facebook Catherine.Asaro

    846 thoughts on “The Night Bird”

    1. What we had here was a trafficking/Stockholm story set in medieval timesd with more kingdoms and rulers fighting for the same throne than there were in A Game of Thrones. We've got all the dark romance clichés: (view spoiler)[ A beautiful, curvy young woman with blonde hair and curves to die for. Kidnapping. Girl gets slapped around and paraded back and forth in minimal clothing. Being sold as a sex slave to a mysterious regent of a group fighting to take back their throne. A creepy, cruel sadi [...]

    2. I read about half of this book and just couldn't finish it. Girl gets captured by evil mercenaries from a warring country with the intent of selling her off to the highest bidder. Sound familiar? Yeah, that's because there's like about a thousand romance novels out there with the same story. Add that to the fact that I just don't like stories where the girl is forced/raped by the hero but then falls head over heels in love-give me a break. And just because this story has magic in it's supposed t [...]

    3. I'm still reading it but only have 6 chapters left. I started reading the series when I found The Charmed Sphere in my favorite second hand book store and I couldn't put it down. I force myself so I can go on with day to day activities. I am very sad that there are no more after this one but I understand that Catherine Asaro wants to write more but Luna doesn’t want to publish it because they don’t feel there is an audience for them. Pah! Is there is hope for the adventure to continue after [...]

    4. This book was a quick read and it was pretty over-the-top. I understand that every inhabitant of Aronsdale is an ethereally beautiful being, even the "bad" guys always have some kind of redeeming quality because they are described as good-looking, but it is now starting to get old. And fast. As much as I truly love following these characters across the generations and learning how their family trees have expanded, there were simply more descriptions about Allegra's nipples than anything else in [...]

    5. This is my least favorite of her books. I strongly dislike romances that involve kidnapping with Stockholm syndrome.

    6. This is a very typical book in Asaro's Lost Continent series, very much resembling Misted Cliffs (which it seems I forgot to review): a beautiful woman who is taken away from her home, a dark powerful man with whom she eventually falls in love, and a sadistic evil guy who wants her for himself. Throw in magic and politics, and stir. A good non-complicated read - finished it in one day.There is one new element in the story, though - a child, the heir to the throne that has been usurped; exception [...]

    7. I had read all of the Lost Continent books and enjoyed them very much, so I thought I might as well finish the series. Night Bird was good. I really enjoy reading Asaro’s writing because her female leads are always strong. I thought the political concepts were brilliant, and I loved the idea of all the kingdoms, from the previous books, being forced together in an intense war council. It was great to see everything come together. On the other hand, I could have done without all the sex and tor [...]

    8. This book was sexy, which kept me going. I don't feel that the sex scenes really were anymore graphic than in the last two books, but there was an awful lot of talk about nipples.I can appreciate reading more about the Iris/Jarid side of the story, but this last installment of the series just gets redundant. We have all the same major components to all her other stories. In no particular order.**Flat evil characters**Two sided "good" characters (even character development becomes redundant when [...]

    9. Allegra is on her way to the Aronsdale mage school when she is kidnapped by Jazidian bandits to be sold as a pleasure slave. Put up to auction, she is purchased by the prince regent of Jazid, Markus, who is leading a rebellion against Cobalt's occupation of his brother's throne.I think I complained in my review of the last book that all the heroines in this series end up kidnapped. This one definitely takes the cake! This book read more as a romance to me than a fantasy with romance elements. Se [...]

    10. Okay, so I stumbled upon the forth book in this series first and thought it was okay. It didn't require a lot of effort and was quick, light reading. So I thought I would read the rest. The are fantasy novels about a society that both reveres and hates magic. I was more interested in the ways different kingdoms dealt with threats and their people, which brings me to the last novel. There is a kingdom in these books where woman are property and warlords rule everything. I thought this was going t [...]

    11. (view spoiler)[ Entertaining chick flick set in a different world. We see Muller, Jarid, Iris, Cobalt, and a bit of Mel. So it pretty much went down like this: (view spoiler)[Girl gets kidnapped. Girl gets sold. Girl fights her buyer. Girl struggles with new culture rules.Sex. Girl uses magic powers to put evil people to sleep. Sex. Girl's magic gets found out. Sex. Girl marries buyer. Sex. Girl falls for buyer. Girl listens to evil plots. Sex. Girl runs away with 9yr old rebel-king/precious-bro [...]

    12. This book reminded me a great deal of one of my favorite books/series - Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan - with one major exception - the "capturing" culture was far less likable and morally acceptable. Rather than portraying the difficult but inspiring attempts to merge two different but equally respectable cultures, like Warprize, this book throws the main character into a morally corrupt and violent culture and tries to make HER adapt her feelings to accept one of its rulers. Much of the main ch [...]

    13. This romantic fantasy is filled with adventure, change, hope and war. The heroine is Allegro who lives in a country where peace reigns. She has magical talents that are just beginning to develop when she is kidnapped by barbarians, members of a warlike group from another country. The plan to sell her to become a love slave. From a peaceful and beautiful life where all people are valued she finds herself in a brutal one where women have no rights, no education and no life except to serve the men [...]

    14. I skipped a book in this series but remembered The Lost Continent series didn't have much of an over arching plot. I think I probably should have read the previous book instead.This book had a lot of rape and man on woman violence in it. Allegra is sold into slavery in a land where women are considered animals. I hated this premise. I don't read fantasy to be offended. I know the other books in the series didn't have this premise.Once Allegra escapes I enjoyed it much more. But then the book tur [...]

    15. I picked this up on a whim after reading the author's biography. Three paragraphs long, chroniciling her career as a ballerina and mathematician. I was curious, so I decided to give it a try. Even though it was the fifth one in the series, I had no trouble keeping track of the characters and plot points. It was a nice escape from politics and life. I enjoyed the constant description of beautiful hair and water. Allegra, the main character, has the ability to cast "sleep spells." These "spells" m [...]

    16. It was interesting. A lot of what happened in this book between the leads would have been considered controlling and abusive in our culture today but when you take into account the social and cultural differences that have been set up by the author it colors their relationship differently. Some people may disagree and say that no matter what the relationship is twisted, and they may be right, but from an objective standpoint you can look at this book and get an interesting perspective on a rathe [...]

    17. I wanted a quick read- and I certainly got one. But so disappointing! This book read less like a fantasy and more like a cheesy romance novel- and not a good one at that. I really struggled to finish this book. The writing was very awkward. I hated that the characters spoke very modern in what seemed like a very un-modern setting. I hate that Allegro kept explaining what her name meant (we got it the first time) and spoke "American." (At one point she calls Ozi 'honey' and then has to explain th [...]

    18. Oh, man. I had long ago read the first 2-3 of this series, and decided I wasn't all that in love with the whole world, so never pursued the rest of the series. This book looked interesting and was available through the library, so I picked it up, not even realizing it was the same series. Whoops! I enjoyed it enough once it got going. I'm still not in love with the series, but Asaro does know how to write romance.

    19. Excellent. I am not sure if this is the end of the this series. The author's website is confusing on that issue. It is an excellent wrap if it is. Every time I thought she could not do more damage to her characters, she does and does it well. You really feel like you are dealing with life the way it happens versus the way you want it to. Her solutions are not perfect but they are realistic.

    20. Catherine Asaro is an excellent romantic fantasy author. Her characters have depth, strength, and humor. However, this book (as in others by the same author) contains a lot of sex and sexual violence that would both discourage me from recommending it to anyone. Additionally, while the plot is rather formulaic, the interpersonal, political, and cultural elements contribute an additional complexity that make it an interesting (if also quick and easy) read.

    21. The last book of the series is probably the worst of them all. The romance has moved from shrill to grating. The fantasy is non-existent. Woman gets captured, falls in love with the man who bought her. What kind of second-rate harem fantasy is that? There's even the mysterious enigmatic sand people who hate women (dingdingding stereotype lotto winner!)

    22. Not one of Catherine Asaro's best, but still enjoyable as a quick, light read. The author leans a little too much on plots from previous books in this series making this book more predictable than I had expected. Saying that, I practically read it from start to finish in one afternoon, without putting it down!

    23. I am so sick of reading books about women with Stockholm Syndrome. It is sick to fall in love with someone who kidnapped and uses you! I don't care how nice they treat you after. We already have enough girls in unstable relationships why on earth would you want a book to tell you it's ok! I liked the first book in this series. The next two were ok, but this book is garbage. I couldn't finish it

    24. The plot is basically about a girl who suffers from (I believe it's called) the Stockholm complex.Anyways, lets say that it is not the most original work out there, but it is an easy read. Most of it could even be skipped and you still wouldn't miss a thing. But I do recommend it for a rainy day, really.

    25. I have to admit, I almost stopped reading this book. I was afraid the main character would let me down and stay with a man who was apart of a very "male" driven society. Let's just say I'm glad I didn't. Was it the most amazing book of all time? No, but was it a nice "guilty pleasure" read? Yes, and quite quick too.

    26. In this latest book in the series we follow the story of a slightly plump dairymaid who has the power to make people fall asleep. She gets kidnapped and sold as a slave. I really like how they explore the idea of coercion and how feelings are just darn complicated

    27. Stayed up way too late reading this one. *grin* It is the first book in this series that I've read and I will certainly be looking up the others. The hero is a bit of an alphole, and not my usual thing, but the emotional intensity and the political intrigue kept me turning the pages.

    28. Forgot how much I like the Lost Continent series. Meant to only read a bit of this and ended up staying up past 5 finishing it.

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