By Anthony Huso
(Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780765325174, 448pp.)
Publication Date: August 21, 2012
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“Anthony Huso pushes the conventions of epic fantasy to their limits in this tale that that is not quite horror, not quite fantasy, and much more than both. Reminiscent of the novels of China Mieville and Glen Cook, this should appeal to fans of steampunk and epic fantasy.”—Library Journal on Black Bottle
Tabloids sold in the Duchy of Stonehold claim that the High King, Caliph Howl, has been raised from the dead. His consort, Sena Iilool, both blamed and celebrated for this act, finds that a macabre cult has sprung up around her.
As this news spreads, Stonehold—long considered unimportant—comes to the attention of the emperors in the southern countries. They have learned that the seed of Sena’s immense power lies in an occult book, and they are eager to claim it for their own.
Desperate to protect his people from the southern threat, Caliph is drawn into a summit of the world’s leaders despite the knowledge that it is a trap. As Sena’s bizarre actions threaten to unravel the summit, Caliph watches her slip through his fingers into madness.
But is it really madness? Sena is playing a dangerous game of strategy and deceit as she attempts to outwit a force that has spent millennia preparing for this day. Caliph is the only connection left to her former life, but it’s his blood that Sena needs to see her plans through to their explosive finish.
ANTHONY HUSO was born in Minnesota and has lived in Asia, Europe, and around the United States. When not writing, he is a video game designer. Titles he has worked on include Call of Duty: World at War and Boom Blox Bash Party. He currently lives and works in Austin, Texas, with his wife and daughters.
“Huso pushes the conventions of epic fantasy to their limits in this tale that that is not quite horror, not quite fantasy, and much more than both. Reminiscent of the novels of China Miéville and Glen Cook, this should appeal to fans of steampunk and epic fantasy.”—Library Journal on Black Bottle
“Macabre and magnificent, as enthralling as it is astonishing.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on The Last Page
"Huso adroitly mixes technology and fantasy elements in a twisty story that will appeal to fans of thorough world-building and sneaky surprises."—Publishers Weekly on The Last Page
"A first novel of unusual scope, power, and imagination… I loved it."—Glen Cook, author of The Black Company on The Last Page
"Huso’s visionary new world will enchant you, if you let it."—RT BookReviews on The Last Page
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