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SARAH ASH trained as a musician and each novel she writes has a 'secret soundtrack'. She is the author of five fantasy novels: Prisoner of Ironsea Tower, Lord of Snow and Shadows, Moths to a Flame, Songspinners and The Lost Child. She also runs the library in a local primary school.
She has two grown-up sons and lives in Beckenham, Kent, with her husband and their mad cat, Molly.
The second book in Sarah Ash's acclaimed new fantasy trilogy and sequel to the acclaimed 'Lord of Snow and Shadows'. Wonderfully stylish, Ash has given us a superb interweaving of characters and context, seamless enough to carry us through the threshold of disbelief into a world both magical and firmly, unwaveringly human
Gavril Nagarian, Lord Drakhaon of Azhkendir, is believed dead - perished in the heat of battle. Yet he still lives, and is entrusted with a sacred mission: to rescue the aged Magus, who has been kidnapped and in whose possession are the five priceless rubies that compose the fabled Tears of Artamon. Ancient law decrees that whoever possesses the stones has the power to impose his will over the Empire of New Rossiya. But the task exacts a cost. The drakhaoul that destroyed his forebears has penetrated Gavril's psyche and is gaining power over his soul. As these dark forces seek immortality inside him, so Gavril must feed on the blood of innocents - or die. Toppled by the loss of the Tears of Artamon, Emperor Eugene of Tielen is tormented by his own daemon, but he must defend his lands against King Enguerrand of Francia who claims ownership of the Tears. Yet both men share a common goal: to destroy Gavril Nagarian and the Drakhaoul that lives within him once and for all. Ingenious and unforgettable, Children of the Serpent Gate delivers a thrilling conclusion to the epic trials of a man of honour in a world in chaos - one that can only be laid to rest by an Emperor's Tears.
Sparks... glittering like fireflies against the night sky... Kai and Masao, once enemies, are now condemned to the sea by the Tide Dragons Sacrifice. If Hotaru, the new emperor, is unable to summon the Tide Dragons of Ebb and Flood at the Autumn Moon Festival, he will forfeit the right to rule Cipangu. The two Sacrifices face a desperate race against time to free themselves from this ancient curse before Hotaru binds them with forbidden magic to obey his will - forever. Sakami, Kai's lover, has become a kitsune, a fox spirit. She is determined to do all in her power to save him - but is Hotaru, aided by his treacherous shikigami, Kurika, just too formidable an opponent to overcome?
Two rival clans. Two sacred pearls, the Tide Jewels, that can summon the Tide Dragons to protect the empire.Two young men, Kaito and Naoki, one a Black Crane healer, the other a Red Kite shinobi, are sucked into anancient, unresolved conflict between the gods of land and sea, when the exiled Red Kites steal the Tide Jewelsand re-ignite a bitter clan war. Kaito must find a way to restore the emperor's jewels - but how can it be donewithout betraying his own clan or angering the gods?
The once-wondrous land of Myn-Dhiel has suffered under the rule of the House of Memizhon. The decadent king and queen are slowly going insane, and the kingdom seems likely to sink under the weight of its decay.Twins Lai and Laili have spent their quiet lives as initiates of the Goddess on the peaceful island of Ael Lahi. But when they are captured and sold as slaves in the city, Lai must learn to fight for his life in the Arena while Laili is forced into service as the Arkhan's concubine.The twins ultimately find their place in the intrigues and rivalries of the corrupt court. But discontent is simmering among the city's oppressed people. When a mysterious cloud of moon moths brings a plague, revolution threatens to bring down the House of Memizhon. Lai and Laili may hold the key to saving the city-unless they too are engulfed in the conflagration.
Young rebel composer Amaru Khassian flees from religious persecution to peaceful Tourmalise. Crippled by horrible burns, he can no longer write down his stirring, seditious music - until he meets Orial, a girl with a unique gift that enables her to "e;hear"e; the sounds in other people's minds.Khassian's music could inspire his countrymen to overthrow their oppressors. But there is a price on the young composer's head, and it's not long before Acir Korentan, an agent of the brutal regime in Allegonde that has tried to repress Khassian's music, tracks him down.Now Orial is in danger too - and not just from the fanatical agents from Allegonde. As antiquarians uncover mysterious traces of an ancient civilisation in Tourmalise, she begins to suffer disturbing and revelatory visions. The excavations may reveal the true purpose of her gift - but is her sanity too great a price to pay? Can Orial use her gift to save Khassian and his people before it drives her mad?
The shocking discovery of a child's corpse in the Tsiyonim ghetto of Arcassanne stirs up old fears and enmities in the city. Suspicion falls on Rahab ben Chazhael, a tailor still haunted by the day when he lost hold of his little brother's hand as his family fled a brutal pogrom.Rahab must escape the city guard and search for help-and the truth-in Tifereth, a scholarly Tsiyonim community hidden deep in the mountains. He'll bring with him an unexpected companion: wealthy Lia, once a customer of Rahab's, who has made some shocking discoveries about her own past.But time is running out. As the citizens of Arcassanne surround the ghetto, can Rahab find the murderer and save his community from suffering the same fate as his family?
Three kingdoms. One man. A destiny written in blood. An epic new fantasy series begins . . . Seemingly always the outsider, Gavril Andar - an impoverished young painter - yearns to join the privileged circles of Muscobar polite society. However, unbeknownst to him, he does have royal blood in his veins: the dark and powerful blood of a father he never knew - the Drakhaon, ruler of the isolated northern kingdom of Azhkendir. And when the Drakhaon is brutally murdered, an unwilling Gavril is forced to take up the mantle of both his father's rule - and his power. For blood will out. And the Drakhaon's carries within it a taint that gives its bearer access to awesome, unimagined magics - but at a soul-shattering price. Now trapped in this bleak, mist-shrouded land full of superstition and racked by bitter rivalries, Gavril faces an awesome task. He must find his father's killer and unite his fractured kingdom against those who see it as weak, defenceless and ripe for invasion before he pays the price of kinship and succumbs to the dread curse that uncoils within him . . . Richly imagined, full of intrigue, magic and dark romance and boasting a cast of superbly-drawn players, LORD OF SNOW AND SHADOWS is the first book in a thrilling new trilogy and marks the triumphant return of one of fantasy's most original and exciting voices.
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