Or, How He Wound Down The World
(The first book in the Jiana series)
A novel by Dafydd ab Hugh
In the first tale a female mercenary named Jiana aids (and later thwarts) a prince in his Quest for the wish-granting 'World's Dream', while herself examining the nature of heroism; in the second she becomes willingly a slave in order ultimately to free a young woman, and subsequently to train her as a swordswoman.
October 1987 : USA Mass Market Paperback