The Black Guard (The Long War, Book 1) by A. J. Smith

By A. J. Smith

The release of an heroic myth saga set within the lands of Ro, an epic panorama of mountain fortresses, enormous grasslands, roiling ocean and sleeping gods.

The Black safeguard is the 1st in a huge new fable sequence, The lengthy struggle, set in an invented international a little just like medieval Europe when it comes to expertise, heraldry and ethics. Magic positive aspects on this planet, yet is uncommon and ordinarily constrained to a few of the priesthoods. town of Ro Canarn has been assaulted by way of Knights of the purple. among them is a Karesian Enchantress of the Seven Sisters, reason on manipulating the boys of Ro to her ends. Her Sisters intend the attack to be the 1st flow in an extended video game, a conflict meant to break worship of the Gods of fellows and produce again the malevolent woodland substantial of enjoyment and blood.

The younger Lord of Canarn, and certainly one of his closest associates, plan a determined gambit to take again the town, when his sister trips north and confronts extra of the Sisters' schemes as they fight to overcome the remainder of the lands of men.

Divided by way of geography and surrounded via enemies, a disparate team of Clerics, clergymen, Knights, criminals and warriors needs to defeat overwhelming odds to grab again the lands of guys from these unknowingly lower than the sway of the useless God and his Enchantresses.

The Duke of Canarn is lifeless, finished through the King's decree. the town lies in chaos, its humans ravenous, sickening, and tyrannized by means of the continuing presence of the King's mercenary military. yet nonetheless desire continues to be: the Duke's teenagers, the Lord Bromvy and woman Bronwyn, have escaped their father's fate.

Separated through enemy territory, hunted via the warrior clerics of the only God, Bromvy undertakes to win again the town with the aid of the secretive outcasts of the Darkwald woodland, the Dokkalfar. the woman Bronwyn makes for the sanctuary of the Grass Sea and the soldiers of Ranen with the mass of the King's forces at her heels. And within the mountainous sector of Fjorlan, the excessive Thain Algenon Teardrop launches his Dragon Fleet opposed to the crimson military. Brother wars opposed to brother during this, the epic first quantity of the lengthy struggle

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It was as if there were a novella by Balzac round every bend. Prospectors now drove up in Airstreams, pulling gas-fuelled dredges to suck up whatever remained on the river bottoms. A century of flooding and storms had knocked loose the gold from the prehistoric beds, sluicing it down into the rivers. Miners in wetsuits were ‘sniping’ the streams, and swam in the underwater darkness holding giant cauldrons of light. Everything about gold was in opposition to Coop’s life on our farm. It must still have felt to him that he came from nowhere, the horror of his parents’ murder never spoken of by us.

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