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Stands a Shadow

Stands a Shadow

Heart of the World (Volume 2)

Col Buchanan

Tor Fantasy

Stands a Shadow

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In Farlander, the first book of the Heart of the World series, readers met Ash, an aging master assassin of the famed order of Roshun, and his apprentice Nico, a boy who always managed to be in the wrong place at the right time. Ash and Nico were sent on a suicidal mission to fulfill a contract against the favored son of the Holy Matriarch, the ruler of Mann. The assassination of the Matriarch's son maintained the honor and reputation of the Roshun, but further destabilized a nation already beset by strife. For Ash, fulfilling the contract came at an enormous personal cost.

Now in Stands a Shadow, driven by grief and anger, Ash embarks on a journey that takes him through the Free Ports and toward the embattled city of Bar-Khos. He arrives at the city as the Holy Matriarch of Mann orders her forces to breach the walls of Bar-Khos and bring it under her control. Renouncing the ways of the Roshun, Ash disguises himself among the Mannian soldiers, determined to go to any lengths to have his revenge against the Matriarch.…

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Praise for Stands a Shadow

“With a narrative that is riveting from beginning to end, from the big battles to the smallest interactions, this is the rare book that a reader wishes would never end.” —RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars on Stands a Shadow

“Well rendered and nicely paced… Stirring combat and vivid details.” —Kirkus Reviews on Stands a Shadow

“Something special . . . Buchanan writes vividly and well, and the story grips from the astonishing opening sequence to the unexpected conclusion.” —The Times (UK) on Col Buchanan

“Completely absorbing. Once I was into it, I just couldn't put it down. I'm looking forward to the sequel!” —Glen Cook, author of The Black Company series on Farlander

“Gripping… Delightfully undermin[es] expectations.” —SFX on Farlander

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About the author

Col Buchanan

COL BUCHANAN lives in Lancaster, England. Farlander was his debut novel, and the first novel in the Heart of the World series.

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