By Tim Lebbon
(Spectra, Paperback, 9780553383645, 400pp.)
Publication Date: January 31, 2006
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Kosar the thief senses that Rafe Baburn is no ordinary boy. After witnessing a madman plunder Rafe's village and murder his parents, Kosar knows the boy needs his help. And now, for a reason he cannot fathom, others are seeking the boy's destruction.
Uncertain where to begin, Kosar turns to A'Meer, an ex-lover and Shantasi warrior whose people, unbeknownst to him, have been chosen to safeguard magic's return. A'Meer knows instantly that it is Rafe who bears this miracle of magic. Now Kosar and a band of unexpected allies embark on a battle to protect one special boy. For dark forces are closing in–including the Mages, who have been plotting their own triumphant return.
Tim Lebbon's books include the British Fantasy Award-winning Dusk, Dawn, Berserk, The Everlasting, Hellboy: Unnatural Selection, Face, Exorcising Angels (with Simon Clark), Dead Man’s Hand, Pieces of Hate, and the novelisation of the movie 30 Days of Night (shortlisted for a Scribe Award). Future publications include Fallen and The Map of Moments from Bantam Spectra, The Reach of Children from Humdrumming, and The Secret Journeys of Jack London (in collaboration with Chris Golden) from Atheneum. There are also more books due from Cemetery Dance, Necessary Evil Press and Night Shade Books, among others. He has won three British Fantasy Awards, a Bram Stoker Award, a Shocker and a Tombstone Award, and has been a finalist for International Horror Guild and World Fantasy Awards. His novella White is soon to be a major Hollywood movie, and several more novels and novellas are currently in development in the USA and UK.
"Well-drawn characters and a literate way with the grisly distinguish this first of a new fantasy series from Stoker-winner Lebbon.... any of the well-handled action scenes are from the bad guys' point-of-view, an unusual perspective that helps round out the author's fantasy world."—Publishers Weekly
"Tim Lebbon displays the sort of cool irony and uncanny mood-making that drive the best Twilight Zone stories."—New York Times Book Review
“This is fantasy for grown-ups….An excellent book.”—Paul Kearney