A Heart of the World NovelHeart of the World (Volume 1)
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ISBN: 9780765366603496 Pages
The Heart of the World is a land in strife. For fifty years the Holy Empire of Mann, an empire and religion born from a nihilistic urban cult, has been conquering nation after nation. Their leader, Holy Matriarch Sasheen, ruthlessly maintains control through her Diplomats, priests trained as subtle predators.
Ash is a member of an elite group of assassins, the Roshun, who offer protection through the threat of vendetta. Forced by his ailing health to take on an apprentice, he chooses Nico, a young man living in the besieged city of Bar-Khos. At the time, Nico is hungry, desperate, and alone in a city that finds itself teetering on the brink.
When the Holy Matriarch's son deliberately murders a woman under the protection of the Roshun; he forces the sect to seek his life in retribution. As Ash and his young apprentice set out to fulfil the Roshun orders, their journey takes them into the heart of the conflict between the Empire and the Free Ports . . . into bloodshed and death.
Praise for Farlander
“An impressively imagined war-ravaged world.” —Publishers Weekly
“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
“The writing is mature, the action sequences gripping and suitably bloodthirsty, and there's a plot twist or two. . . . [A] vivid, impressively detailed work.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Two pages in to Farlander I was hooked . . . I'll certainly be reading the next book, for I have a feeling that it's going to be even better. Nice one, Mr. Buchanan.” —Neal Asher
“Completely absorbing. Once I was into it, I just couldn't put it down.” —Glen Cook