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The Sentinel Mage by Emily Gee
Solaris Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781907519499
Date: 03 February 2011 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

The start of a new series by New Zealander Emily Gee, whose previous novels, Thief With No Shadow (reviewed with great enthusiasm by Juliet McKenna back in April 2007) and The Laurentine Spy were released by Solaris a while back. The imprint has since changed hands but they're wise to stick with Gee, who is writing the kind of solid fantasy that is the core of any genre list worth its salt.

"Her magic may be the only thing that can save a prince - and the Seven Kingdoms. In a distant corner of the Seven Kingdoms, an ancient curse festers and grows, consuming everything in its path. Only one man can break it: Harkeld of Osgaard, a prince with mage's blood in his veins. But Prince Harkeld has a bounty on his head - and assassins at his heels. Innis is a gifted shapeshifter. Now she must do the forbidden: become a man. She must stand at Prince Harkeld's side as his armsman, protecting and deceiving him. But the deserts of Masse are more dangerous than the assassins hunting the prince. The curse has woken deadly creatures, and the magic Prince Harkeld loathes may be the only thing standing between him and death."

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