King of Ashes - The Firemane Saga 1 (Hardback)Raymond E. Feist (author)
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A brand new novel from internationally bestselling author Raymond E. Feist, King of Ashes launches the fantastic new series The Firemane Saga.
The world of Garn once boasted five great kingdoms, until the King of Ithrace, head of the Firemanes, was defeated and every member of his family executed by Lodavico, the ruthless King of Sandura, a man with ambitions to rule the world. Now only four great kingdoms remain and they stand on the brink of war. But rumour has it that the new-born son of the last king of Ithrace survived, carried off by the Quelli Nacosti, a secret society whose members are trained to infiltrate and spy upon the rich and powerful.
In the small village of Oncon, in the neutral region of the Covenant, Declan is apprenticed to a master blacksmith, learning the secrets of producing the mythical king's steel. The region has long existed in peace, then violence explodes as slavers descend upon the village to capture young men to press as soldiers for Sandura. Declan must escape, to take his priceless knowledge to Baron Daylon Dumarch, ruler of Marquensas, perhaps the only man who can defeat Lodavico and his fanatical allies the Church of the One, which is marching across the continent, imposing its extreme form of religion upon the population and burning as they go.
Meanwhile, on the island of Coaltachin, the secret domain of the Quelli Nacosti, three friends are being schooled in the deadly arts of espionage and assassination: Donte, son of one of the most powerful masters of the order; Hava, a serious girl with fighting abilities that can set any opponent on their back; and Hatu, a strange, conflicted lad in whom fury and calm war constantly, whose hair is a bright and fiery shade of red...
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 860 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 50 mm
'File under guilty pleasure' - The Guardian
'A delightful fantasy novel, full of simple magic, fighting, political intrigue, and religious strife' - Booklist (starred review)
'Epic scope...vivid imagination...a significant contribution to the growth of the field of fantasy' - The Washington Post
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