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The Dark Blood
15 Jan 2015 * PAPERBACK * £8.99 * 9781781852286

Called from the long ages of deep time, the children of a dead god are waking... The second book in AJ Smith's epic saga of the lands of Ro.

Fiction / FM (Fantasy)
Extent: 496 pages  Format: 198 x 129 mm
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The Black Guard
The Red Prince
The World Raven
Also in The Long War series
The Dark BloodThe Long War, 2A.J. Smith

In the court of every city in the lands of Ro, a sorceress sits. And in the minds of that city's people, each sorceress weaves a song. She and her sisters sing of the liberation of the land, the taming of the highland tribes, and the birth of a precious new race: the children of a dead god.

Of course, they do not sing of the death of young Prince Christophe at the hands of that god. Particularly as his replacement dances so well to their tune.

Yet all songs have an end. An ending speeded when the assassin Rham Jas Rami accepts a commission from Bromvy Black Guard, traitor duke of Canarn.

The rebellion of Ro has begun...

A.J. Smith is the author of the Long War series, as well as the first two books in the Form & Void trilogy: The Sword Falls and The Glass Breaks. When not writing fiction, he works in secondary education as a youth worker.

'Like Martin crossed with Lovecraft.' SciFiNow

'Interesting and enticing. Thrusts you towards the next instalment.' SFX

'Sieges, catapults, battles, longswords, beheadings a-plenty, profanity and rather bloody mayhem. Brilliant.' SFFWorld

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