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The Duke's Handmaid [Paperback]

By Caprice Hokstad (Author)
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Keedrina is a young peasant who lives near a thriving seaport town. After marauders kill her family and burn her farmhouse, she meets Duke Vahn, who champions her cause, apprehends the outlaws, and dispenses justice. The duke offers Keedrina food and shelter in return for service. Can the simple farmgirl find a family among the refined servants in the duke's house? Not if the prejudiced and conniving duchess has her way! Book one of a fantasy trilogy, The Duke's Handmaid is full of mystery, adventure, and even a little romance.



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Studio: Xulon Press
Pages   300
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.92" Width: 6" Height: 0.73"
Weight:   0.98 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 31, 2002
Publisher   Xulon Press
Series  Ascendancy Trilogy  
Series Number  1  
ISBN  1591603374  
ISBN13  9781591603375  


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Hard-Hitting Alien Fantasy  May 12, 2008
I didn't hesitate in buying this book after discovering it's all about a planet with two suns and the lives of the people there. As I began to read, I found it hard going for a while - the incredible pace of the first few chapters, combined with a crash course on the customs of Byntar, was a fair challenge. But it was worth it. Once I grew accustomed to some very original peculiarities of grammar and speech, I was immersed in this alien culture and better able to see the depth of the characters amidst a great deal of action.

This is not a tale for the squeamish. There are scenes of intense violence, revenge and cruelty that actually made my skin crawl. Any culture that practices slavery must needs be a harsh kind of environment.

Yet through it all sparkles the character of Keedrina, the heroine. She longs only to be the bond-slave of the young Duke and wear his fetters to serve him. It is not an easy road she chooses, but he wins her heart at first sight, giving her an endless motivation to seek her goal.

It is a gripping story, well-told and obviously based on a large world-building project. In fact, it reads like a fairytale in many places as it sways between horror and passion. At the end, some issues are still unresolved, but there is apparently a second book. I won't spoil the story's hapy ending for you. Enough to say that this fancifully woven tapestry is not even remotely like any other book I've ever read.

It doesn't read like a Christian story at all. The hero and heroine, and many other actors, all show a strong sense of morals and justice, but the gods mentioned incidentally are local ones and don't seem to do much. So although the author is a Christian, I'm sure this book could make it on the secular market.

There is also a sequel, which I can't recommend highly enough! Make sure you check it out.
 
Adventure, Intrigue, Danger, Fantasy . . . A Duke's Handmaid has it all  Nov 12, 2007
The Duke's Handmaid has something for everyone! If you like adventure and intrigue and danger, this is the book for you. Fantasy? yup, the descriptions and features of the enchanted kingdom of Latoph, set in the world of Byntar--the land of twin suns, moons and continents--will more than sate your thirst. How about romance . . . yes, we have that too.

Hokstad's main characters are three-dimensional. timna, the duke's optimess and slave interested me from her first appearance. Just discovering her motivation for wholeheartedly accepting her servitude to Vahn, her duke, kept me eager to read on! I wanted to learn more and more about this society. I wanted to know why our heroine's--Keedrina--only goal was to become a slave! What sort of a place was this?

The plot pulls the reader along from chapter to chapter beginning with the horrifying tragedy that befalls Keedrina and provides the impetus for leaving her simple life to search for more. The noble household that she enters is already fraught with intrigue and murder and Keedrina finds herself in the midst of danger. The action sequences are compelling and encourage the reader to discover more. Yes, there is violence--this is a medieval-type of society--and your average Christian romance reader might be put off. But The Duke's Handmaid isn't your average Christian romance and I found the scenes to be realistic to the setting and tastefully written.

The setting of The Duke's Handmaid is the jewel of the book! The rich and detailed description of Latoph--its society: customs, dress, speech; its geography and its place in time and space--is reminiscent of the world Tolkien wrote about. Ms Hokstad must be commended for the detailed and rich world she has created here. Although one doesn't need to view the information on the Latoph website (www.latoph.com) to appreciate the setting, I certainly found that it enhanced the vivid picture I formed in my mind while reading the book.
 
A Wonderful Adventure!  Sep 9, 2007

What a wonderful adventure! The Duke's Handmaid is a fantastic journey to another land; a place of escape that will pull you in from the very first page. Good versus Evil. Betrayal versus Loyalty. Love versus Selfishness. And through the intriguing descriptions, action and compelling plot, the themes of the story become strong "parables" of ethics and morality. This is a great book to read & a great book to give as a gift. I highly recommend it!
 
Not quite Disney  Aug 11, 2007
THE DUKE'S HANDMAID, by Caprice Hokstad is a brilliant work that isn't quite the Disney tale one would expect. In fact it comes up to, then pulls away from many different genres so one is left wondering exactly what pigeon hole to stick it in...but maybe that's part of the charm...it refuses to conform to anyone's previously described genres. It is fantasy, but is devoid of the magic, magical creatures (especially dragons) you'd expect to see in fantasy. Yet, the author doesn't force these things on the story. If she had it would have ruined it. It's kind of a romance, but it's on a fictitious planet with twin suns and twin moons. Even the social structure is duplicated, but it's not simple either. So romance, while it plays a huge role in the book, doesn't quite describe it either, nor does historical fiction or even science fiction as another author suggested. It is, as others have said, a parable, built upon a fantasy world. The lengths Caprice Hokstad has gone to create and define the social structure is fabulous. It is a Christian book that doesn't mention Christ, a fantasy that doesn't have magic, a romance that is more loyalty and true love than the erotic (really dumb) romances of other writers, historical, but whose history? It is, simply put, an amazing story that you have to experience to completely respect the greatness that is here. Several reviewers have compared her work to C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, and even then we couldn't make a direct comparison. If you chose to read this book (and the rest of the trilogy) you will be thoroughly delighted. If you chose not to read this book, well, all I can say is you're the one losing out, not her.

David Brollier
THE 3RD COVENANT
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Hard-Hitting Alien Fantasy  Apr 16, 2007
I didn't hesitate in buying this book after discovering it's all about a planet with two suns and the lives of the people there. As I began to read, I found it hard going for a while - the incredible pace of the first few chapters, combined with a crash course on the customs of Byntar, was a fair challenge. But it was worth it. Once I grew accustomed to some very original peculiarities of grammar and speech, I was immersed in this alien culture and better able to see the depth of the characters amidst a great deal of action.

This is not a tale for the squeamish. There are scenes of intense violence, revenge and cruelty that actually made my skin crawl. Any culture that practices slavery must needs be a harsh kind of environment.

Yet through it all sparkles the character of Keedrina, the heroine. She longs only to be the bond-slave of the young Duke and wear his fetters to serve him. It is not an easy road she chooses, but he wins her heart at first sight, giving her an endless motivation to seek her goal.

It is a gripping story, well-told and obviously based on a large world-building project. In fact, it reads like a fairytale in many places as it sways between horror and passion. At the end, some issues are still unresolved, but there is apparently a second book. I won't spoil the story's hapy ending for you. Enough to say that this fancifully woven tapestry is not even remotely like any other book I've ever read.

It doesn't read like a Christian story at all. The hero and heroine, and many other actors, all show a strong sense of morals and justice, but the gods mentioned incidentally are local ones and don't seem to do much. So although the author is a Christian, I'm sure this book could make it on the secular market.
 

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