The Sworn (Fallen Kings Cycle)
by Gail Z. Martin
Orbit Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841499130
Date: 03 February 2011 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Gail Z. Martin moves to Orbit with The Sworn, the start of a new sequence set against the backdrop of the world she built for her first, very fine fantasy series The Chronicles of the Necromancer, published by Solaris. Top notch, engrossing fantasy.
"As plague and famine scourge the Winter Kingdoms, a vast invasion force is mustering from beyond the Northern Sea. And at its heart, a dark spirit mage wields the blood magic of ancient, vanquished gods. Summoner-King Martris Drayke must attempt to meet this great threat, gathering an army from a country ravaged by civil war. And neighbouring lands reel toward anarchy while plague decimates their leaders. Drayke must seek new allies from among the living - and the dead - as an untested generation of rulers face their first battle. Then someone disturbs the legendary Dread as they rest in a millennia-long slumber beneath sacred barrows. Their warrior guardians, the Sworn, know the Dread could be pivotal as a force for great good or evil. But if it's the latter, could even the Summoner-King's sorcery prevail? "