by A.J. Hartley
Tor Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765321251
Date: 14 September 2010 /
From back of book: While on the run from Empire guards, Will Hawthorne and his band of thieves are transported to a mysterious land that none of them recognize or know how to return from. Turns out that they've landed right in the middle of a battle between goblins and humans. Their human allies are storybook contrasts to the rough sorts they knew in Stavis, speaking in high-flown prose, dressed in the height of fashion, and dripping with wealth and social propriety. Will's companions are quite taken by these fine folks, but the Fair Folk are appalled by Will's unorthodoxy.
At first Will does everything he can to try to squirm into their good graces, but soon, he begins to wonder if these too-perfect courtiers and warriors have anything to offer beyond their glamour and their burning hatred of the goblins. Furthermore, is there any recourse for Will and his friends if it turns out that the humans who are sheltering them are on the wrong side of their eternal conflict.