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The Black Guard
13 Feb 2014 * PAPERBACK * £8.99 * 9781781855645

The city of Ro Canarn burns. The armies of the Red march upon the northern lords. And the children of a dead god are waking from their long slumber…

Fiction / FM (Fantasy)
Extent: 616 pages  Format: 198 x 129 mm
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The Dark Blood
The Red Prince
The World Raven
Also in The Long War series
The Black GuardThe Long War, 1by A.J. Smith

The city of Ro Canarn burns. With their father's blood fresh upon the headsman's sword, Lord Bromvy and Lady Bronwyn, the last scions of the house of Canarn, face fugitive exile or death.

In the court of Ro Tiris, men fear to speak their minds. The Army of the Red marches upon the North. Strange accidents befall those who dare question the King's new advisors. Those foolish enough to speak their names call them the Seven Sisters: witches of the fire god; each as beautiful and as dangerous as a flame.

And, called from the long ages of deep time by war and sacrifice, the children of a dead god are waking with a pitiless cry.

All that was dead will rise.

All that now lives will fall...

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.

Martin meets Lovecraft... Fun and refreshingly direct' SciFiNow

'Interesting and enticing, deftly sidesteps fantasy cliche and thrusts you towards the next instalment' SFX

The Black Guard has been described as "Martin meets Lovecraft", and doesn't disappoint on either count. With bleak personal stories of loss and hardship, wars between rival nations and a plot to resurrect a dead god, the novel is packed with action and intrigue, 7/10' Fantasy Faction

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