The Horsemen's Gambit

Book Two of Blood of the Southlands

Blood of the Southlands (Volume 2 of 3)

David B. Coe

Tor Books

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David B. Coe created a richly textured, unique world in his Winds of the Forelands, and topped himself with The Sorcerer's Plague, his first novel set in the Southlands of the same world. Divided by clan rivalries and ancient feuds, suspicious of magics wielded by longtime enemies, the folk of the South have lived in a state of truce for generations. But peace is shattered when a woman looses a deadly plague on the magical Qirsi people.

While some people seek to prevent the spread of the plague, others see in this disaster a unique opportunity. With the magical folk weakened by the decimation of the plague, their unmagical enemies might be able to defeat them and take back lands lost in an ancient war. Haunted by the specter of what would be a tragic and devastating new war, the Southlands are aflame with rumors of violence, pestilence, and treachery.

Coe weaves together engagingly complex characters, unique, unusual magic, political intrigue and a compelling, unpredictable story into a captivating epic that will enthrall fantasy readers. A potent brew conjured by a masterful storyteller.

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Chapter 1QALSYN, STELPANA, ON RAVENS WASH, HUNTER’S MOON WAXING, YEAR 1211
First blood, the rules said. Beyond that, they didn’t specify. A nick of the skin, the severing of a limb, a fatal strike to the breast; any of these would do. First blood. That was all a warrior needed to win.
Every person understood how Qalsyn’s Harvest Tournament worked. From the youngest child, dreaming of the day when she might step into the ring and bow to His Lordship, to the oldest man, his memory of that first bow to the lord governor a fading memory, they all knew.

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Praise for The Sorcerer's Plague:

"The Sorcerer's Plague satisfies with sharply-drawn characters and an intense, intelligent plot. I eagerly await the next book of the Southlands." —Kate Elliott, bestselling author of Spirit Gate

"Coe’s new series is his best yet: appealing characters, twisty plot, and absorbing world."—Sherwood Smith on The Sorcerer’s Plague


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About the Author

David B. Coe

David B. Coe won the William L. Crawford Award for his first series, The LonTobyn Chronicle. He is also the author of the popular Winds of the Forelands series. He lives in Sewanee, Tennessee.

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The Horsemen's Gambit
Book Two of Blood of the Southlands
David B. Coe

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
January 2009
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ISBN: 9781429918497
ISBN10: 1429918497
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 368 pages
$7.99
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