By Gail Z. Martin
(Orbit, Mass Market Paperback, 9780316093613, 640pp.)
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
War has come to the Winter Kingdoms. The Dread will rise. Kings will fall.
Summoner-King Tris Drayke takes what remains of his army north for a war he is ill-prepared to fight, as reports from spies confirm Tris's worst fear. A new threat rises across the sea: a dark summoner who intends to make the most of the Winter Kingdoms's weakness.
In Isencroft, Kiara's father is assassinated and she will now have no choice except to return and claim the crown. But she must leave behind her husband and their infant son to face the dark power that threatens her rule.
THE DREAD is the epic conclusion to the Fallen Kings Cycle.
Gail Z. Martin discovered her passion for SF, fantasy and ghost stories in elementary school. The first story she wrote - at age five - was about a vampire. Her favorite TV show as a preschooler was Dark Shadows. At age 14 she decided to become a writer. She enjoys attending SF/Fantasy conventions, Renaissance fairs and living history sites. She is married, and has three children, a Himalayan cat and a golden retriever.
Praise for The Sworn:
"Well written and full of action, this grabs the reader on the first page and refuses to let go until the very last page." --- RT Book Reviews (4 Stars)
"Fans of Martin's previous series as well as those who enjoy the large-scale fantasy of George R.R. Martin and Robert Jordan should enjoy this series opener." --- Library Journal
"Top notch, engrossing fantasy." --- sfrevu.com