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Black Halo (Aeon's Gate) by Sam Sykes
Pyr Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781616143558
Date: 22 March 2011 List Price 9.88 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

The US edition of Black Halo, the second novel in Sam Sykes' series of The Aeon's Gate, is published in trade paperback by Pyr and precedes the British edition by a couple of months. Sykes' debut, Tome of the Underworld was very well received when it was released last April, further cementing Gollancz's (and Pyr's!)reputation for uncovering fantastic new talent in the fantasy field.

"Lenk and his band of fellow mismatched and grumpy adventurers are shipwrecked on an island. An island that is a graveyard for demons and dragonmen alike. An island inhabited by lizard men. An island of secrets that is about to become a battleground. And back in civilisation Bralston, a very different Librarian, is being sent out to learn exactly what has happened to the Tome of the Undergates and to punish those that have misused magic. And Bralston will uphold the law. But the Tome will be read and it is calling to those who would read it and open the gates to hell. Sam Sykes' unique and energetic fantasy has carved out its own place in the fantasy landscape. Critics are arguing about the book but readers have fallen for its dark and twisted charms. This is a key fantasy for the new decade."

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