A Guile of Dragons (A Tournament of Shadows #1) (Paperback)

By James Enge

Pyr, 9781616146283, 279pp.

Publication Date: August 24, 2012

List Price: 17.95*
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It's dwarves vs dragons in this origin story for Enge's signature character, Morlock Ambrosius!

Before history began, the dwarves of Thrymhaiam fought against the dragons as the Longest War raged in the deep roads beneath the Northhold. Now the dragons have returned, allied with the dead kings of Cor and backed by the masked gods of Fate and Chaos.

The dwarves are cut off from the Graith of Guardians in the south. Their defenders are taken prisoner or corrupted by dragonspells. The weight of guarding the Northhold now rests on the crooked shoulders of a traitor's son, Morlock syr Theorn (also called Ambrosius).

But his wounded mind has learned a dark secret in the hidden ways under the mountains. Regin and Fafnir were brothers, and the Longest War can never be over...

About the Author

James Enge is the author of Blood of Ambrose (nominated for a World Fantasy Award), This Crooked Way, The Wolf Age, Travellers' Rest, A Guile of Dragons (A Tournament of Shadows Book One), Wrath-Bearing Tree (A Tournament of Shadows Book Two), and The Wide World's End  (A Tournament of Shadows Book Three) . His fiction has appeared in Black Gate, Flashing Swords, and Every Day Fiction. He is an instructor of classical languages at a Midwestern university.

Praise For A Guile of Dragons (A Tournament of Shadows #1)

"Efficiently excellent epic fantasy. . . . Enge's engaging portrait of Morlock. . .will have readers hunting down earlier books to learn more about the adventurer and his history."
- Publishers Weekly starred review

"Providing a back door into the Arthur/Merlin mythos, Enge creates a fascinating counterpoint to the familiar legends."
- Library Journal

“Morlock is a wonderful character—powerful and noble, tragic and comic—with more than a small nod to Don Quixote.”
- Rick Riordan, New York Times-bestselling author 
"Enge's books are like a strange alloy of Raymond Chandler, Fritz Lieber, Larry Niven and some precious metal that is all Enge's own. They're thrilling, funny, and mysteriously moving. I see 10 things on every page I wish I'd written. I could read him forever and never get bored."
Lev Grossman, New York Times-bestselling author of The Magicians

"A delightfully thoughtful fantasy. Instead of recycling tired old tropes with dragons, dwarves, and general magical folk, [Enge] creates a new context for a son of Merlin story. . . . A must-read for anyone who enjoys elegant ideas converted into pure adventure."
- City Book Review