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The city of Isca is set like a dark jewel in the crown of the Duchy of Stonehold. In this sprawling landscape, the monsters one sees are nothing compared to what’s living in the city’s sewers.
Twenty-three-year-old Caliph Howl is Stonehold’s reluctant High King. Thrust onto the throne, Caliph has inherited Stonehold’s dirtiest court secrets. He also faces a brewing civil war that he is unprepared to fight. After months alone amid a swirl of gossip and political machinations, the sudden reappearance of his old lover, Sena, is a welcome bit of relief. But Sena has her own legacy to claim: she has been trained from birth by the Shradnae witchocracy—adept in espionage and the art of magical equations writ in blood—and she has been sent to spy on the High King.
Yet there are magics that demand a higher price than blood. Sena secretly plots to unlock the Cisrym Ta, an arcane text whose pages contain the power to destroy worlds. The key to opening the book lies in Caliph’s veins, forcing Sena to decide if her obsession for power is greater than her love for Caliph.
Meanwhile, a fleet of airships creeps ever closer to Isca. As the final battle in a devastating civil war looms and the last page of the Cisrym Ta waits to be read, Caliph and Sena must face the deadly consequences of their decisions. And the blood of these conflicts will stain this and other worlds forever.
Release Date: August 17, 2010
I fell out of love with my High Fantasy novels a long time ago, back when I switched over to reading Mysteries more often. Sometimes I'd still reread my Terry Pratchett novels, or skim Harry Potter, but overall I took a break. Now however I've been wanting to get back into the genre. Although it can be confusing sometimes, the sheer inventiveness of the characters and the worlds that they are placed in...well it's completely breathtaking!
If you aren't sure what High Fantasy is, it is a fantasy novel in which the entire world is fictional. It exists outside of the "real" world as a separate entity. Books like this can be hard to follow sometimes because all of the places are created, but boy do I love them! The Last Page looks so promising and I can only hope that I'll be able to afford a copy as soon as it comes out!
What's on your wishlist?