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The Ten Thousand by Paul Kearney
Solaris Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781844166473
Date: 01 September 2008 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

Solaris have signed up Northern Irish fantasy author Paul Kearney and are soon to publish his new novel The Ten Thousand, the cover of which is deliberately reminiscent of Frank Miller's The 300. How closely the stories resemble each other, I cannot yet say, but the blurb below offers some tantalising clues and you'll find a sample chapter available for free at the Solaris web site...

"The world of Kuf is a brash jewel swarming with all manners of races and peoples. The Assurian Empire is dominant, prestigious and thought to be invincible. However, this ancient colossus is about to be shaken to its very foundations. Ten thousand elite mercenaries of a legendary race known as the Macht are hired by an Empire exile to take the throne by force. But when their employer is killed, and they are surrounded by Empire armies, the Ten Thousand find themselves abandoned.

This is the story of their fight for freedom.

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