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By Mark T. Barnes

Shortlisted for the 2014 Gemmell Morningstar Award - top Debut Novel

When the Shrīanese Empire explodes into civil struggle, combatants of every kind flock to the banners in their lords. Indris, a talented swordsman and tremendous sorcerer, seeks to finish the bloodshed as soon as and for all. He understands this conflict is just a ruse—a strength play by means of a ruling relatives eager to take keep an eye on of the Empire in any way precious. Indris cares little for the politics other than to determine that justice is upheld. yet even he can't see the negative cost his competitors are keen to pay to safe their legacy.

A actual epic, the 1st e-book within the Echoes of Empire sequence creates a spellbinding new global. With its twisted politics, new races, compelling heroes and villains, and precise magic, The backyard of Stones is a lyrical myth at the grandest scale.

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If this is such a grave threat, why are the elves not going in force? No disrespect to you, high one, or to Herr Schreiber and Fraulein Pallenberger, but why have you come to us? ” Aethenir hesitated, looking down at the table, then spoke. “As I explained to the magisters last night, the Tower of Hoeth is the centre of magical learning in Ulthuan. There, the greatest mages of the world are taught the one true art. The tomes and scrolls housed within its white walls make up the most complete, and most dangerous, library that exists in the world.

For all his padding and his bland burgher’s clothes the man had been well trained in the sword. Felix rolled up and ran for the door, passing the scrum in the middle of the floor. Two of the big men were down, one with an arm bent at a sickening angle, but the rest continued to rain blows upon the squat struggling figure in their midst. Guiot, the butler, stood wide-eyed in the door, then dived sensibly out of the way. Felix barrelled down the stairs, slipping once on the well-worn treads and nearly falling head first.

He growled. ” said Felix, backing up and pointing at the looming footmen. Gotrek turned towards them, glaring and blinking. “Come along, tipsy” said the one on the right, who had an oft-broken nose. ” He put an enormous hand on Gotrek’s shoulder. Gotrek swung his cast and re-broke the man’s nose. The footman staggered back, howling and clutching his face, and fell backwards over the low table, smashing it to flinders. ” said One-Ear, swinging at Gotrek. The punch snapped Gotrek’s head around, but only seemed to make him mad.

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