The Collarbound (Hardback)
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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 12/05/2022
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'A fast-paced, riveting read, with writing that leaps off the page and one of the most compelling magic systems I've encountered in years, this is a must for fantasy fans!' Natasha Ngan, Girls of Paper and Fire

A MAN MARKED BY MAGIC. A WOMAN MARKED BY HER PAST.

On the other side of the Shadowpass, rebellion is brewing and refugees have begun to trickle into the city at the edge of the world. Looming high on the cliff is The Nest, a fortress full of mages who offer protection, but also embody everything the rebellion is fighting against: a strict hierarchy based on magic abilities.

When Isha arrives as a refugee, she attempts to fit in amongst the other mages, but her Kher tattoo brands her as an outcast. She can't remember her past or why she has the tattoo. All she knows is that she survived. She doesn't intend to give up now.

Tatters, who wears the golden collar of a slave, knows that this rebellion is different from past skirmishes. He was once one of the rebels, and technically, they still own him. He plans to stay in the shadows, until Isha appears in his tavern. He's never seen a human with a tattoo, and the markings look eerily familiar . . .

As the rebellion carves a path of destruction towards the city, an unlikely friendship forms between a man trying to escape his past and a woman trying to uncover hers, until their secrets threaten to tear them apart.

The Collarbound hooks from the opening page and will appeal to fans of magical, brink-of-war settings, like that of The Poppy War and The City of Brass.

'Zahabi deftly creates a fully-realized and richly described world, providing a quiet yet striking exploration of the way inequality and injustice often serve as the bedrock of systems of power' M. J. Kuhn, author of Among Thieves

'Oh, my heart! What an imaginative plot! What fantastic writing! What awesome characters! And what an incredible world!' NetGalley Reviewer

'Beautifully wrought dark fantasy' NetGalley Reviewer

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781473234376
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 38 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

I really enjoyed this book! The plot was more thoughtful than it was action-packed, but the pages still raced by as I was reading. A fascinating, mind-based magic system sets the stage for a story filled with the grim, understated conflict that exists in a world experiencing the tense, fraught "calm" before the storm of all-out war.

Zahabi deftly creates a fully-realized and richly described world, providing a quiet yet striking exploration of the way inequality and injustice often serve as the bedrock of systems of power. The characters that populate the world of THE COLLARBOUND are nuanced and complex, each an exile in their own way, struggling to find a path forward in a world that balances on the knife's edge of war and chaos.

Anyone looking for a book with all the intrigue and gorgeous worldbuilding of high fantasy and a thoughtful, measured prose and characterization style suggestive of more literary fiction should definitely give this one a read!

-- M. J. Kuhn, author of AMONG THIEVES

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Milica S.

“EVERYONE STEP BACK, NEW FAVOURITE BOOK COMING THROUGH!”

I believe it was the cover of this book that caught my attention first, then the description and the comps (The Poppy War and The City of Brass), I just knew I had to read it.

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Neil Sharma

“A Novel of Magic and Spirituality!”

A Novel of Magic and Spirituality!

The Collarbound is a mind-blowing book about magic, mental prisms and the spiritual side of what is deemed to be magic in my interpretation here. This is a novel with a solid... More

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