by K.V. Johansen
Pyr Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781616145217
Date: 15 November 2011 List Price £14.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Uncorrected Proof Copy: Gods and Devils abound in Blackdog, an ambitious epic fantasy from highly experienced Canadian author K.V. Johansen. Forthcoming from Pyr later this year.
"Long ago, in the days of the first kings in the north, there were seven devils...
In a land where gods walk on the hills and goddesses rise from river, lake, and spring, the caravan-guard Holla-Sayan, escaping a bloodily-conquered lakeside town, stops to help an abandoned child and a dying dog. The girl, though, is the incarnation of Attalissa, goddess of Lissavakail, and the dog a shape-changing guardian spirit whose origins have been forgotten. Possessed and nearly driven mad by the Blackdog, he flees to the desert road, taking the powerless avatar with him.
And long ago, after the days of the first kings in the north, the seven devils, who had deceived and possessed seven of the greatest wizards of the world, were defeated and bound with the help of the Old Great Gods...
Necromancy, treachery, massacres and rebellions, gods dead or lost or mad, follow hard on the devils' heels. But it is Attalissa herself who may be the Blackdog's -- and Holla-Sayan's -- doom. And perhaps some of the devils are free in the world, and perhaps some are working to free themselves still."