Authors: McKenna Juliet E.
Praise for Juliet E. McKenna
“If your appetite is for fantasy in the epic tradition, with compelling narratives, authentic combat and characters you care about, Juliet E. McKenna is definitely the author for you.”
– Stan Nicholls, author of
“The book is a feast of intriguing plot and well-drawn characters, set in a splendidly realized world. High magic, treachery and revenge keep the reader turning the pages.”
– Katherine Kerr, author of
License to Ensorcell
“Juliet McKenna writes classic epic fantasy at its best: with swords, sorcery, fights, and intrigue a-plenty, wrapped around compelling characters struggling to stay alive in an exceptionally well-drawn world whose order has been disrupted by violence, betrayal, and greed. McKenna’s got all the things in her books that I read epic fantasy for.”
– Kate Elliott, author of
“Juliet E. McKenna invariably delivers an epic fantasy world of real people, sympathetic motivations and delicious consequences. I never know what’s going to happen next and I always want to find out!”
– C.E. Murphy, author of
The Walker Papers
“Inventive magic, devious intrigue and appealing characters make for an exciting tale, well-told.”
– Gail Z. Martin, author of
“Juliet McKenna’s latest mixes magic and politics in a fully realized fantasy world. A rewarding new fantasy from a master of the craft.”
– Patrice Sarath, author of
Book 2 of
THE HADRUMAL CRISIS
Juliet E. McKenna
with admiration and affection
Pathfinder and trailblazer in her career and in her fiction for so many women writers, with her work read, enjoyed and celebrated by men and women alike.
She was the first writer I met in person, who in the course of an evening revealed so much of both the craft and the practicalities of being an author.
My own books would never have been written without that first encounter. Our handful of subsequent meetings similarly inspired and delighted me.
First published 2012 by Solaris
an imprint of Rebellion Publishing Ltd,
Riverside House, Osney Mead,
Oxford, OX2 0ES, UK
ISBN: (ePUB) 978-1-84997-343-4
ISBN: (MOBI) 978-1-84997-344-1
Copyright © Juliet E. McKenna 2012
Map artwork by Juliet E. McKenna and Pye Parr
The right of the author to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of he copyright owners.
This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.
Also by Juliet E. McKenna
HRONICLES OF THE
Irons in the Fire
Blood in the Water
Banners in the Wind
The Thief’s Gamble
The Swordsman’s Oath
The Gambler’s Fortune
The Warrior’s Bond
The Assassin’s Edge