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Prince of the spear - David Hair

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Title
Prince of the spear
Author
David Hair
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Jo Fletcher Books
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20190321

Desperate for the next Game of Thrones? Prince of the Spear continues the Sunsurge Quartet and delivers a full-on fix of epic fantasy.

The unthinkable has happened. With the Leviathan Bridge critically damaged and its towers unable to control the skies between Yuros and Antiopia, the East has invaded the West. A vast windfleet, constructed in secret, is winging across the Pontic Sea

The holy Shihad has begun.

The Rondian Empire is divided and weak. Empress Lyra has barely survived a coup, triggered by a masked cabal whose members still remain concealed in the highest echelons of her court. Only Lyra's secret affinity to the heretical power of dwyma saved her - but that affinity is also her most dangerous weakness.

As empires clash, lives are torn apart and long-held beliefs are overthrown by circumstance and desperation. A young queen whose court is riddled with traitors turns to the wrong people in her hour of need. Two princes clash in the skies, the fate of two nations riding on their skill. Two brothers must reconcile disparate cultures to regain their kingdom. An idealistic rabble-rouser sees a chance to strike. And a small group of dwymancers grope blindly for knowledge in a race against time before the masked Cabal strike again.

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David Hair, an award-winning writer of fantasy, has been inspired by his travels around the globe. He was born in New Zealand, spent time in Britain, Europe and India (which inspired THE MOONTIDE and SUNSURGE QUARTETS and the RAVANA series). After some years in Bangkok, Thailand, he and his wife returned to New Zealand, where they are now settled (for the time being). His epic fantasy sagas THE MOONTIDE QUARTET and THE SUNSURGE QUARTET and the YA saga THE RETURN OF RAVANA, his retelling of the Indian epic The Ramayana, are all published by Jo Fletcher Books, as is his new fantasy adventure series, THE THETHERED CITADEL, starting with Map's Edge.

Beautifully written, a fantastically epic tale spanning two continents, with flashes of the Crusades combined with wonderfully inventive magic. It's grounded in believable characters that I loved and hated, and full of action and heartbreak. And knights flying into battle on winged horses - how cool is that!
JOHN GWYNNE, bestselling author of Malice

I enjoyed the characters and their struggles and schemes . . . Classic immersive fantasy
RIBBON REVIEWS on Empress of the Fall

Increasingly addictive . . . Adult fantasy lovers who enjoy historical fiction and intricate political plots will love this book . . . epic
A BOHEMIAN MIND AT WORK

Hair is adept at building characters as well as worlds, and his attention to his female players is welcome in a genre that too often excludes them.
KIRKUS

For anyone looking for a new sprawling fantasy epic to stick their teeth into, Empress Of The Fall is an ultimately satisfying journey into a fascinating and chaotic landscape
SCIFI NOW on Empress of the Fall

Empress is a sprawling epic fantasy of grandiose proportions . . . with a hearty taste of blood and gore, and plenty of vicious politics
ANGELA OLIVER, author of Fellowship of the Ringtails

A page-turning adventure filled with excitement and intriguing characters. For those loving an epic fantasy with plenty of sword-fights, gun-play, bare-fisted combat and battles between sorcerers, this book's for you
AMAZING STORIES on Map's Edge

These characters . . .
have found a confidence on the page which somehow endears them more to the reader
BRITISH FANTASY SOCIETY on Prince of the Spear

Good supply of politics, gore and a well-thought-out magic system
REVIEW GRAVEYARD

Promises to recall epic fantasy's finest
TOR.COM on the Moontide Quartet

It isn't often that I find a fantasy brick as enjoyable as this one; it's been quite a while in fact, and I think I can safely commend this series to lovers of the genre, as one that will satisfy and yet leave the reader ready for more
JACQUI SMITH, A Kiwi's Book Review on Empress of the Fall

I continue to be impressed by the way Hair takes some very familiar, almost trite, ideas and spins them in a new way. Epic fantasy is not dying my friends, it is just moving in new directions
FANTASY REVIEW BARN on Unholy War

Vivid, dynamic characters and terrific world building . . . Readers of epic fantasy should definitely check out this series
BIBLIOSANCTUM on the Moontide Quartet

Represents modern epic fantasy at its best.
FANTASY BOOK CRITIC on the Moontide Quartet

The sense of chaos, endless politicking between factions and urge by characters to make sense out of events beyond their control is palpable as the pace becomes more and more frantic
UPCOMING4.ME on the Moontide Quartet

The writing is crisp, the characters full of vigour and desires which when they become banded together really gives the story something to focus upon as the bonds grow stronger
FALCATA TIMES on the Moontide Quartet

So epic, that it gets you so involved and is such an investment in time and emotion, that there is a little sting of regret that the ending had to come at all
BRITISH FANTASY SOCIETY on the Moontide Quartet

Type
BOOK
Edition
1st paperback ed
Keyword Index
Fantasy fiction.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
608

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