A generation has passed since the Norlanders' great ships bore down on Shadar, and the Dead Ones slashed and burned the city into submission, enslaving the Shadari people.
Now the Norlander governor is dying and, as his three alienated children struggle against the crushing isolation of their lives, the Shadari rebels spot their opening and summon the Mongrel, a mysterious mercenary warrior who has never yet lost a battle. But her terms are unsettling: she will name her price only after the Norlanders have been defeated.
A single question is left for the Shadari: is there any price too high for freedom?
About the Author
Evie Manieri graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in Mediaeval History and Theatre, disciplines that continue to influence her work in about equal measure. She is enthralled by intricacy, and when not weaving together the threads of her plots, she can be found knitting airy lace shawls and singing soprano with New York's Renaissance Street Singers. Evie lives with her family in New York.
I loved these characters, even though I knew it was going to hurt. Heart-wrenching. Poignant. Lovely * Brandon Sanderson *
Manieri's debut, the first of a projected epic fantasy series, presents a striking world . . . Her characters are passionate and memorable, lending a personal touch to a complex tale of clashing cultures and philosophies * Library Journal (starred review) *
Superb * Tor.com *
Her ability to insert beautiful descriptions into an action-packed scene is certainly the mark of a talented writer and the series only looks set to become more exciting as the story progresses from this strong beginning * British Fantasy Society *
We were hooked right from the prologue ... Manieri clearly has a talent for intricate plots * Starburst Magazine *
Intrigue, betrayal and old rivalries play out against the fires of revolution. Hang on for a wild ride! * Gail Z. Martin, author of Chronicles of the Necomancer *
Plot twists, romantic entanglements, and political rivalries make for lots of drama in this dense, complicated series setup * Publisher's Weekly *
It is a wonderful epic fantasy tale, with a close personal feel * A Fantastic Librarian *
Delightfully dark and delicious ... one of my tips to watch this year in the Fantasy debuts categories * Falcata Times *
Manieri has created an interesting world, peopled with strange but relatable groups, and is addressing some important issues around colonisation and the way that people are controlled through her storylines * Adventures with Words *
Highly imaginative * Kirkus *
Picture the fluent prose and flawless world-building of an author such as Trudi Canavan combined with the epic plot and character lists of an author like Martin and you won't be far off . . . Her ability to contrast beauty with brutality, hope with despair and love with hate will secure this novel as one of the year's finest debuts * Fantasy-Faction on The Shattered Kingdoms *
One of the most exciting and original pieces of fantasy I've ever read
* Book Monkey *Engaging, and addictive
. . . Manieri is a strong new voice in fantasy,
and definitely one to watch in the future. Recommended for all fans of epic fantasy
* Civilian Reader *A truly original work
. . . A dashing first novel, highlighted by an intricate plot
well-served by complex and unpredictable characters
, and an overall theatrical quality
that sets the book apart * Fantasy Book Critic *A truly exciting debut
that suggests this is just the tip of a potential 'fantasy classic'
iceberg * Fantasy Book Review *