The Dark Lands (Paperback)Markus Heitz (author)
The great pulp writer Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian, also introduced Solomon Kane to the world: a sombre man who dedicated his life to battling evil in all its forms.
Now Markus Heitz brings Solomon Kane's daughter Aenlin to life: join the young adventuress as she follows in her father's footsteps to battle dark forces, gunpowder, steel and magic - in the Dark Lands!
1629. Despite the relentless conflict of the Thirty Years' War raging in Europe, Aenlin Kane is determined to explore the legacy of her famous father.
Aenlin may never have met Solomon Kane, but she shares with him the need to fight for good wherever she can. She and her friend Tahmina, a Persian mystic, have been recruited for a secret mission for the West India Company: they will be part of a motley crew fighting their way behind enemy lines to the southern German town of Bamberg, where the stakes are already burning, ready to immolate those falsely accused of witchcraft.
Hidden by the turmoil of war, demons are openly walking the earth. Soloman Kane once fought such evil with rapier, pistols and his indomitable will. Now Aenlin is preparing to face those demons - and like her father, she will let nothing stand in her way.
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 36 mm
When a novel immediately casts a spell over the reader, makes him instantly forget the trappings, in short: you feel like Bastian reading The Neverending StoryAn opulent fantasy world with numerous horror elements against an exciting, historical background. It's extremely gripping and fast-paced An exciting adventure with charismatic characters. Markus Heitz's return to fantasy succeeds brilliantly A complex thriller about the bloody history of the card game A perfect mix of scary, evil and subtle horror Gripping, eerie, mysterious and fantastic. The plot is consistently exciting, there are thriller elements as well as well-placed horror elements - it is impossible to put the book down Nerve-racking tension and skilful twists and turns captivated me to the last page A fast-paced thriller, entangled with all the rules of the art, with immense tension, action and chases all over the world A finely balanced mixture of sophisticated horror elements, historical references and fast-paced action scenes . . . until the spectacular showdown [...] Markus Heitz whips his readers through a disturbing adventure The plot about the retired player Tadeus Boch . . . is peppered with macabre details and offers both exciting and enjoyable reading Heitz goes on paths beyond high fantasy, and he does it really well
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