A Fortress of Grey Ice

Book Two of Sword of Shadows

Sword of Shadows (Volume 2 of 6)

J.V. Jones

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"Wonderful . . . J. V. Jones is a striking writer." So says Robert Jordan, the author of The Wheel of Time epic fantasy series. And Jones lives up to that praise in the highly charged epic adventure of Ash March and Raif Sevrance, two outcasts whose fate are entwined by ancient prophecies and need, in the cold, dark world that threatens to be torn asunder by a war to end all wars. Isolated by their birthrights, they are but two who fight the dreaded Endlords, and their strength and courage will be needed if the world is to be saved from darkness."

Raif, wrongly accused and cut off from his clan by the treachery of their new headsman, has a talent for killing that is part of his curse and his burden. But he bears another burden of greater weight.

Ash is a sacred warrior to the Sull, an ancient race whose numbers have declined. Raised as a foundling, never knowing her true history, she must learn to accept the terrible gifts of her heritage.

But as Ash learns more of her greater fate, Raif's task looms dark and desperate, for he must journey through the nightmare realm of the Want, a place where even the Sull now fear to tread. For deep within the Want is the Fortress of Grey Ice, and there he must heal the breach in the Blindwall that already threatens the world. Should he fail, not even Ash's powers can save them. . . .

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CHAPTER
 
1
 
The Ice Fog Rises
 
 
They found blood on the trail on the seventh day, five spots, red against the grey of old snow. It wasn’t new-spilt, but it might look like it to someone who was unfamiliar with killing game in midwinter. Blood began darkening to black the moment it left the body, thickening and distilling until there was nothing but copper and iron left. It was different when the air crackled with ice. Blood could freeze in perfect red drops in the time it took to drip from an elk’s collarbone to the taiga below.

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Praise for A Fortress of Grey Ice

 "Unique and intriguing, and its atmosphere unwaveringly compelling."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
 
"Raif Severance and Ash March ... are becoming one of the more compelling couples in modern high fantasy.... An excellent example of the kind of fantasy in which much of the emotional impact depends on the protagonist couple's relationship."
--Booklist
 
"Accomplished storytelling."
--Library Journal

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J.V. Jones

J. V. Jones is the author of the bestselling Book of Words trilogy, The Barbed Coi, and A Cavern of Black Ice, the first book of the Sword of Shadows series. Born in England, she now makes her home in San Diego, California, where she's working on the third Sword of Shadows novel, A Sword from Red Ice.

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A Fortress of Grey Ice
Book Two of Sword of Shadows
J.V. Jones

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Tor Books
August 2004
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ISBN: 9781429975988
ISBN10: 1429975989
672 pages
$7.99
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