The Risen Queen is the second volume in The Dragon Sword Histories, the debut epic fantasy series by Central Coast author Duncan Lay. He has already drawn comparisons with David Gemmell for his intense battle scenes.
In fact there is more than a little of Gemmell's influence in this new series, though it has something the British fantasy legend never quite managed: a strong female lead character. The 'Risen Queen' of the title is Merren, the rightful heir to the throne of Norstalos, who must fight her usurper cousin, Duke Gello. Joining her cause are a motley crew including the wizard Barrett, the bandit Conal and the Ralloran war veteran Martil, master of the magical Dragon Sword.
Under Martil's military command they have been able to wrest Sendric and some other towns from Gellos' tyrannic control but the Duke has changed tactics, using bards as agents of propaganda to turn the people against Merren and Martil's army. Merren's hopes of being welcomed home as the liberator Queen seem to be slipping away and Martil and his men fear they may never find redemption for the terrible slaughter at Bellic that still haunts their dreams.
The Wounded Guardian promised so much in a debut author and The Risen Queen follows it up with another engrossing read for fans of great epic fantasy.
Martil and the Rallorans are trying to gain control of the north for the rebel queen, Merren. But the people are turning against them because bards are painting them as murderous barbarians. Martil wins a key battle but the usurper, Count Gello, escapes to Berellia with the remnants of his supporters. With his new allies and their fearpriests, he prepares a massive invasion of Norstalos. Desperate, Merren comes up with what may be the only solution -- to get the goblins on her side. But this race of primitive men have been vilified and persecuted for centuries and are suspicious of the queen and her companions. Then a dragon and its elf rider arrive, demanding that Martil, the Dragon Sword wielder, accompany them to their homeland ...
Series: The Dragon Sword Histories
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: January 2010
Dimensions (cm): 17.9 x 11.3 x 4.1
Weight (kg): 0.34