Rules of Ascension

Book One of Winds of the Forelands

Winds of the Forelands (Volume 1 of 5)

David B. Coe

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For 900 years, since the Qirsi War, the Forelands have enjoyed relative peace. The Qirsi leaders, Weavers whose powerful magic could bend to their will not only the elements but also the thoughts of others, were all killed. The rest of the pale-skinned Qirsi were scattered throughout the realm. They were no longer a threat without their multi-talented leaders.

But though most Qirsi live normal lives, and some even serve lords as advisors, all is not well in the realm. There is a Weaver in the Forelands again, secretly sowing seeds of rebellion against the physically hardier but unmagical Eandi.

Lord Tavis of Curgh, raised to succeed his father as duke, and engaged to the beautiful Lady Brienne of Kentigern, seems bound for greatness. But just as his life seems complete, he is accused of a horrific act. Little can Tavis know that the Weaver is using him as a pawn in a vast plot.

Now, only a Qirsi gleaner can help Tavis survive his doom, reclaim his good name, and prevent a devastating civil war in the Forelands.

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Galdasten, Eibithar, year 872, Mornai’s Moon waxing
 
 
After the bright glare of the dirty road and sunbaked fields, it took Pytor’s eyes some time to adjust to the darkness of the tavern. He stood at the door waiting for the familiar shapes to come into relief: the bar with its dark stained wood and tall wooden stools, the rough tables and low chairs, the thick, unfinished pillars that seemed to groan beneath the weight of the sagging ceiling, and, of course, Levan, stout and bald, standing behind the bar.

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"This sword and sorcery epic gathers momentum like a runaway moving van."--Publishers Weekly

"Mesmerizing, highly readable fantasy."--A.L.A. Booklist

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David B. Coe

David B. Coe is the author of the Winds of the Forelands and Blood of the Southlands series. Children of Amarid and The Outlanders, the first two novels of his LonTobyn Chronicle trilogy, won the William L. Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy or Fantasy Series. He also wrote the novelization of the Ridley Scott production of Robin Hood. Coe grew up in the suburbs around New York City. He received his undergrad degree from Brown University and his Ph.D. in history from Stanford University. In his free time, he is an avid birdwatcher and nature photographer. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Sewanee, Tennessee.

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Rules of Ascension
Book One of Winds of the Forelands
David B. Coe

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
May 2003
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780812589849
ISBN10: 081258984X
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 672 pages
$7.99

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Tor Books
October 2003
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ISBN: 9781429911030
ISBN10: 1429911034
608 pages
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