The Paladin Author:C. J. Cherryh He was a legend -Saukendar, master warrior-but the old Emperor he served had fallen years before. The rightful heir had relinquished his power to the Regent, and the Regent held the land in a grip of fear. Saukendar had left war and politics behind, or so he thought. Broken in body and spirit, he'd built himself a haven on a remote mountaintop t... more »o be alone with his memories. His revered name kept bandits away and the grateful local villagers honored him. But no one dared disturb his privacy...until Taizu.« less
A troubled woman searches out an exiled samurai from the imperial court to teach her the ways of the warrior so she can gain vengeance on the people who destroyed her life. She finds a broken man with no desire for a student or a quest for revenge. Together, they will learn from each other and heal themselves. A great novel of realistic fantasy. A little fast-moving at the end, but still great. This should have been a series instead of just one book.