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Colin Buchanan was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, in 1973. The one constant in his life has been his love of writing. It was writing that lead him to his adopted home of Lancaster, England, where he gained a First in Creative Writing & Religious Studies at the University of Cumbria. In recent years he has mostly settled down, and loves nothing more than a late-night gathering around a fire with good friends. Farlander is the first in his fantasy series.
A gripping fantasy debut in what promises to be a series of books well worth following. For 50 years the Holy Empire of Mann has been conquering nation after nation but the Mercian Free Ports hold out, protected by massive defensive walls. In an audacious bid to end the siege the son of the ruler of Mann murders a woman under the protection of The Rõshun, an elite group of assassins, and the Farlander and his apprentice are forced into the heart of the conflict.The second book in the series, Stands a Shadow , is due later in 2011.
A time of reckoning has begun. For ten years the Free Ports held their own against the despotic empire of Mann - but the empire is now poised to destroy them. The crucial fortress city of Bar-Khos is under attack and its freedom depends on a few unsteady hands. Betrayal could come from any side, at any moment. While chaos reigns, Nico will search for his captive mother and attempt to defend his people. And Shard the Dreamer will hunt for legendary charts, which could yet save the city. However, a Red Guard officer gone rogue could bring about the end, and a visitor from another world has a hidden agenda. With the war entering its darkest hours, will any of them survive? Fierce Gods is the fourth and final novel in Col Buchanan's 'Heart of the World' series.
Prima carte din seria Inima LumiiNumele meu este Ash, i-a spus el regelui. E i sunt rA shun, ceea ce n limba mea nseamnA gheaE A de toamnA - cea care vine devreme. AdicA vin din locul de unde vin toE i rA shunii, de unde porneE te rA zbunarea. A fA cut o pauzA , aE teptnd ca vorbele sale sA -E i facA efectul, apoi a continuat: Ai dreptate, am venit sA iau ceva de la tine. Am venit sA -E i iau viaE a!"e;Ash face parte din secta rA shun, asasini care oferA protecE ie prin ameninE area cu vendeta. Ajuns prea bA trn pentru meseria aceasta E i afectat de dureri de cap teribile (similare celor care i orbiserA tatA l), Ash are o viziune n care fostul lui maestru i cere sA -E i ia un ucenic. El l alege pe Nico, un tnA r sA rac, disperat E i singur, nsA nu apucA sA -i termine instruirea, deoarece trebuie sA plece n Sfntul Imperiu Mann, ntr-o misiune care pricinuise deja moartea a trei rA shun.Farlander este o carte specialA ... Intriga fascineazA de la primul capitol pnA la finalul surprinzA tor."e; - LocusAbsolut fascinantA ! Pur E i simplu, n-am putut s-o las din mnA ."e; - Glen Cook, autorul seriei Black Company
As the empire of Mann threatens the world with enslavement, only a single island nation continues to stand in its way - the Free Ports of the democras. For ten years they have held their own, but now the empire draws its noose even tighter over them. Rallying to its defence are those from the secretive network known as the Few, including the cripple and troubleshooter Coya Zezike. Coya has hopes of enlisting the forest contrare in the aid of the besieged city of Bar-Khos. With him is Shard, the only Dreamer of the Free Ports, a woman capable of manipulating waking reality or the strange dimensions of the Black Dream. The Roshun order of assassins have also engaged in the war at last. But Ash, their ailing farlander, has more urgent business to overcome. Facing him is a skyship voyage into the Great Hush, then further journeying to the fabled Isles of Sky, where he hopes bring his dead apprentice Nico back to life. Yet, his voyage into the unknown may save more than just Nico . . . it may save the Free Ports themselves.
When vengeance isn't enough . . . Riding at the head of her army, Holy Matriarch of Mann plans to conquer the fortress city of Bar-Khos, whose walls have held the empire at bay for ten long years of siege. Ash is a man who would see her dead before that. The ailing Roshun assassin is determined to seek vengeance for the Matriarch's previous crimes. But such a course of retribution goes against everything his life has taught him. Meanwhile, Che, a trained killer of the state, watches as the Mannian army slaughters their way across the remnants of the free world, and questions whether he believes the doctrines he has been trained to follow. With the battle for the Free Ports intensifying, more lives are drawn into the bloody conflict: Bahn, the siege-shocked soldier; and Curl, a young woman determined to make a stand even if it costs her life. When the two armies clash all looks set to be decided. But sheer force alone will not be enough to win this war. Only the gruelling determination of one man seeking redemption may be enough to sway the final outcome . . . This is a reissue of Stands a Shadow, the second novel in the Heart of the World series by Col Buchanan, following on from Farlander.
The Heart of the World is a land in strife. For fifty years the Holy Empire of Mann, an empire and religion born from a nihilistic urban cult, has been conquering nation after nation. Their leader, Holy Matriarch Sasheen, ruthlessly maintains control through her Diplomats, priests trained as subtle predators. The Mercian Free Ports are the only confederacy yet to fall. Their only land link to the southern continent, a long and narrow isthmus, is protected by the city of Bar-Khos. For ten years now, the great southern walls of Bar-Khos have been besieged by the Imperial Fourth Army. Ash is a member of an elite group of assassins, the Roshun - who offer protection through the threat of vendetta. Forced by his ailing health to take on an apprentice, he chooses Nico, a young man living in the besieged city of Bar-Khos. At the time, Nico is hungry, desperate, and alone in a city that finds itself teetering on the brink. When the Holy Matriarch's son deliberately murders a woman under the protection of the Roshun; he forces the sect to seek his life in retribution. As Ash and his young apprentice set out to fulfil the Roshun orders - their journey takes them into the heart of the conflict between the Empire and the Free Ports . . . into bloodshed and death.
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