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The war is over. The enemy's won. Now it's time to fight back. 

For generations, the people of Jia - a land where magic has long since faded from the world, clinging on in only a few rare individuals - have been protected from the northern Egril hordes by their warrior caste, but their enemy has not been idle. They have rediscovered magic and use it to launch an overwhelming surprise attack. An invasion has begun. 

And in moments, the war is over. Resistance is quashed. Kings and city leaders are barricaded in their homes awaiting banishment and execution, the warriors are massacred, and a helpless people submit to the brutality of Egril rule.  

Jia's heroes have failed it. They are all gone. And yet...there is still hope. Soon the fate of the kingdom will fall into the hands of a schoolboy terrorist, a crippled Shulka warrior and his wheelchair-bound son, a single mother desperate enough to do anything she can to protect her baby...and Tinnstra, disgraced daughter of the Shulka's greatest leader, who now lies dead by Egril hands. 

A brand new epic fantasy: gritty and modern featuring a unique ensemble of characters who will lead a revolution against their overlords. 

Perfect for listeners of Brent Weeks, Brandon Sanderson, and Peter V. Brett

©2019 Mike Shackle (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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A rising star in dark fantasy

Shackle is a master of putting his characters in difficult situations. And, since I was with them in every dilemma, every tough choice and every sub-optimal decision, I was constantly on the edge of my seat. The war setting really intensifies the suspense and ads to the hopelessness. However, I was never close to giving up on the characters; I kept rooting for them and hoping they would get out of trouble in something close to one piece. The characters are realistic and well rounded, or actually, more antiheroes than heroes. Not that they are evil, most of them are not…, but they have their good and bad sides. Things they do well and things they do… not so well.

I highly recommend it if you like your books dark and gritty.

I am really looking forward to the next book in the series (A Fool’s Hope).

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  • Benny Brown
  • 09-10-19

Fantastic

If the man in the high castle had dark fantasy magic and awesome sword fights. A brutal and oppressive world so thick with tension you could cut it with a skull scimitar.

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  • Steve
  • 08-23-19

Favourite book of the year...

My favourite book of the year.
Gripping, intense and grim. Characters I rooted for right from the start (bar one little urchin).
It's Rogue One meets Game of Thrones. What would you do for those you love? To aid the resistance?
I only wish the narrator was better.
So looking forward to the next book.

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  • Timothy Gow
  • 10-11-19

If you like grim / dark fantasy, this is essential

Mike Shackle starts us off with a fantasy setting that may seem like any other, but just as the blurb promises, you're soon thrust into something far darker. It weaves the plot and builds tension over time brilliantly, with an interesting cast of perspective characters. We see genuine character development in all of them as they go on their journeys, and you will catch yourself cheering for people at key moments in their lives.

At times Inglourious Basterds, at times First Law trilogy, but always standing out as its own story. The world-building is a particular strength of this book - it is a land that is in spiritual, cultural and military turmoil. It is as familiar to students of history as it is fantastical.

With an 18 hour length you will get excellent value for your credit.

If you enjoy Abercrombie, Lawrence, or anything else on the grim side of fantasy this is for you.

Nicola Bryant delivers the narrative well, is clear in pronunciation and appropriate in tone/emotion. She was a fine choice for narrator.