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Best Book, Teot S War By Heather Gladney This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Teot S War, Essay By Heather Gladney Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You I started off thinking that this was fantasy, and gradually realised that the world Heather Gladney has created is actually science fiction there are ancient machines that are no longer properly understood.Naga Teot is an interesting character, too, because he isn t a classic hero he suffers from post traumatic stress, and channels it into extreme violence, but he s also a very sympathetic character.I do hope the third part of the trilogy will be finished one day. Originally reviewed for Uniquely Pleasurable.Cars become antiques when they hit the age of 20 years But they don t necessarily become classics when they hit that age What goes into making an antique car a classic is harder to define the smoothness of the ride, the quality of the craftsmanship, the beauty of the design, the reaction of the audience as it looks back and remembers the times of their lives spent with that car The same can be said about literature Many books have withstood the test of time, but how many are classics Well, Teot s War was originally published in 1987 and though it has taken me 22 years to discover it, this novel is anything but dated It may be antique in the best sense of the word, but what is even impressive is that in my eyes anyway it is a classic in every sense of the word Classic adventure Classic fantasy And classic homoerotic fiction.The blurb on the cover is a bit misleading when it comes to this book Yes, Teot s War is about war, but it is about two wars the war raging inside Naga and the genesis of an actual war where wrongs must be righted Naga Teot is a man without a country, without land or family Of noble birth, Naga is the survivor of a massacre of his people, the Upai He saw his family burned to death in a raid upon his lands, he saw his people tortured, forced to wander the land, enslaved At the beginning of the novel he finds himself along with his prized gana think of a cross between a horse and a Taun Taun part of a band of marauders, many of whom were responsible for the genocide of his people and who are intent on overthrowing the ruler of Tan, a great land Naga is an outcast even amongst these mercenaries His skin is dark, his ways are foreign And when the band of marauders is confronted by Tanman, the Liege Lord of Tan himself, they are quick to give him up to their enemy He is nothing than a sacrifice a pawn in a plot they have kept hidden A wounded Naga is taken captive by Tanman and there begins the story, one of friendship and loyalty and, the need for redress We go on a journey with these two men as they learn to trust one another A friendship develops and though Tanman is counseled by his highest advisors that Naga is nothing than a Black Man, a barbarian who could turn on him in an instant, Tanman seemingly knows better and accepts Naga s Oath to him and his land Only when that bond is complete, does the novel move toward the beginning of the physical war.One of the things with speculative fiction that is always important is the world building When done well, the author weaves a world we ve never been to but doesn t drown us in a plethora of made up techno babble Good spec fiction for me builds the world with enough references to our own that I don t spend all of my time trying to figure out what a dwizzledworp is my own made up word Bad speculative fiction floods us with terminology we are hopelessly lost to understand, and is most often a sign that an author is enad with their own abilities, lost within that self admiration In Teot s War, Gladney creates her world brilliantly Everything is clear, the prose and foreign words used exceptionally well When she introduces Naga and his gana, we can picture them immediately And because Naga has such a bond with that beast, it becomes a character in its own right even though it does not appear in than thirty pages Likewise, the political and social dynamics are set up well There s no confusing web of lands and conquests to memorize It is kept simple, but still rich in detail so that you can feel the humidity of the place, know the lighting, and even smell the smells.But where Teot s war really excels is in the lead two characters Yes, Naga Teot is a broken and battered man, one with much anger in his heart But he never, ever wallows in it He never allows his anger or his drive to eat him alive He has seen the things he has He has watched almost his entire people massacred It eats at him, troubles him It burns in his nightmares But it also spurs him on, keeps him focused He knows that the wrongs visited upon his people must be righted And they will be He simply needs to be patient He simply needs to have a plan And he does.A nice dichotomy Gladney weaves in to Naga is that while he is patient for the big picture, he often is terribly impatient and rash when it comes to the immediate circumstances He needs, he finds, to temper himself And, blessedly, he does That balance of patience and impatience is really defining in him and makes him slightly dangerous in a very good way And how refreshing to find a hero who is intent on what needs to be done, but is smart enough to work out the best way to get there Naga is smart enough, patient enough not to just go hacking his way into the unknown He is, even though he may not think it, methodical.But Gladney doesn t stop there Though trained and expertly skilled as a warrior, Naga Teot is also a harpist, one who understands the beautiful things in the world and the songs that tell of the history of the people and its lands In less trained hands, this aspect of Naga could have turned into a cloying literary trick, a trait that takes a well defined, wonderfully masculine character and feminizes him But not so here It is simply another aspect of his character and, thankfully, Naga does not go off spouting love songs His harp talents and his songs are the way he keeps his people alive in his heart and for the world.One of the ways that Gladney builds Naga early on is to give us a glimpse into his noble self When Tanman takes charge of him, his is severely wounded and treated with less than kid gloves Despite all of his wounds and all of the rough treatment, his thoughts turn to his gana who died on the battlefield His only request to the Liege Lord of Tan who could have him killed at any instance is that his gana be buried That one moment perfectly defined Naga to me His loyalty The connection to his people His sense of what is right, even for a beast of burden a beast that served him well.Tanman is equally complex Here he has this strange man in Naga that for some reason he is compelled to trust Perhaps it is that, as a boy, he knew Naga s brother and family Perhaps it is something Naga is a breath of fresh air compared to the politicos and responsibilities with which he is surrounded Perhaps Naga represents a simpler time Tanman is a strong man, an even handed, fair ruler who truly wants to be the benevolent monarch Yet, this doesn t weaken him, either The reader is very aware that this man can be brutal if he needs to Like Naga, Tanman s weariness with ruling is never once overwhelming It is simply a condition of his being.The relationship between Naga and Tanman is the driving force in this book The bonding of the two men is wonderfully handled and what is so refreshing is that the homoeroticism of this pairing is so subtle This is a book my father could have and would have read and loved, and he would have been oblivious to what was so appealing about the book for me Their connection isn t born out of lust The homoeroticism comes from the loyalty and respect and friendship that slowly develops These men do not moon after one another They do not crave some quick, satisying roll in the hay They never speak of any attraction for each other That is blessedly left for us to discern, and in a day and age where m m fiction seems intent upon being as graphic and sex ridden as possible, this was like a breath of fresh air.Like all good spec fiction, Teot s war also touches on social and political issues Racism, genocide, religious discrimination, intra ethnic racism are all touched on but is all done so subtly that, while it washes over you, it leaves an indelible impression Never does Gladney get heavy handed or preachy We see it and feel it through Naga, but like Naga we are simply resolved to find a way to do something about it.Gadney also does well with her minor characters Lado, another harpist, and Tanman s sister are but two of the characters who are so much than stock, cardboard characters Not all the minor characters fare as well, but in a nation of peoples, not all can be spelled out in intricate detail The action in this book while not as all encompassing as the blurb might lead one to believe is really well handled, exciting and brisk I think if there was any nit picking to be done is that the the desciption of the plot going on behind the scenes to assasinate Tanman felt a little too expository, too explained rather than shown at the end of the novel But that is a really minor quibble and the final chapter is a rousing closing that makes me long to get into the second book where Teot s War truly begins.This book is the first in a trilogy The second book has lept to the top of my reading list The third book has yet to be completed, but I cannot wait to see where the entire series goes so it better be finished by the time I reach the end of the second book In the end, Teot s War, for me, is a classic I don t know what the rights situation is with this book, but some publisher would be wise to go in and scoop up the rights It deserves a shiny new edition Perhaps a combined three volume set I cannot recommend this book highly. I m writing this review for the Teot s War entry, but my comments cover both it and Bloodstorm, the second book in the Song of Naga Teot return return The story is, as the series title suggests, about Naga Teot, a desert dwelling Upai warrior harper, who risks life and limb to deliver an urgent warning to Caladrunan, the Liege Lord of Tan Teot s people have been nearly wiped out by the vicious flame throwing machines of the Osa, and he has to convince the Tannese that the Osa threat is much greater than they think, and that they should prepare for a much worse war return return But that s only the plot return return For me, one of the two great strengths of the story lies in the rich, complex detail that Gladney has put into her world Every sentence, nearly every word, gives the reader another clue about the culture, another insight in the characters It s a dense read, and I pick up missed details nearly every time I read the books again I admit, I tend to dislike the toss the reader into the deep end school of explication, mostly because so few writers can pull it off without leaving the reader confused and frustrated Gladney, though, completely made it work for me return return That s not to say that the story drags down in detail Even though the details are crucial, the broad strokes of the plot flow along well enough even if as I did on my first reading the reader doesn t quite absorb all the nuances The different cultures are all well crafted, and the author has done an especially good job of portraying the alliances and conflicts and shifts of power between them return return And then, of course, there s the other aforementioned strength the relationship between Naga and Caladrunan It s a strong duo partnership, founded on mutual respect and trust, and I hope very much that Gladney is able to explore it in a future book. What I remember most about this book is the stunning prose style It opens with some of the most beautiful fantasy description that I ve read I ve put this one on my inspirational shelf, which is the shelf I look at when I need inspiration for my own writing.