King's Peace Author:Jo Walton Sulian ap Gwien was seventeen when the Jarnish raiders came. Had she been armed when they found her, she could have taken them all. As it was, it took six of them to subdue her. She will never forgive them. Thus begins her story--a story that takes her back to her family, with its ancient ties to the Vincan empire that once ruled in Tir Tanagiri... more », and forward to Caer Tanaga, where the greatest man of his time, King Urdo, struggles to bind together the squabbling nobles and petty princes into a unified force that will drive out the barbarian invader and restore the King's Peace.Ringing with the clash of arms and the songs of its people, rich with high magic and everyday life, The King's Peace begins an epic of great deeds and down-to-earth people, told in language with the strength and flexibility of sharpened steel.« less
Despite Robin Hobb's endorsement on the back cover (which was enough for me to buy the book) I just couldn't stick with the story. I like strong heroines, and this one is quite the warrior, but I found Sulien ap Gwien a bit 2-dimensional and the plot was not gripping enough to compensate for that.
I thought this 2-book series (The King's Peace and The King's Name) were interesting and unusual, with a unique, strong female protagonist, Sulien, who emulates the virtues of a traditional knight. Highly recommended.