The Vacant Throne
by Joshua Palmatier
Cover Artist: Larry Rostant
DAW Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780756404628
Date: 02 January 2008 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
From back of book: In Amenkor's time of greatest need, Varis--raised in the slums of the city, and trained not only to survive but to kill at need--unwillingly becomes the ruler, the new Mistress of the Skewed Throne. Untrained and unprepared, Varis take the Throne at one of the most perilous points in Amenkor's long history. And Varis has inherited a terrifying vision that only Eryn, the former Mistress, shares--a nightmare of Amenkor invaded by an unknown enemy, the harbor watch towers destroyed, the waters stained red with blood, the city engulfed in flames...
Then that vision comes true, and Varis must fight a desperate battle for the city's survival against these ruthless invaders known as the Chorl. But victory is not without its price, and in the struggle the very heart and soul of Amenkor's power, the Skewed Throne, is irrevocably damaged. Now the city's last hope lies with its sometime ally, the city of Venitte, home to the only throne that is twin in power to Amenkor's.