“James Enge writes with great intelligence and wit. His stories take twisty paths to unexpected places you absolutely want to go. This isn't the same old thing; this is delightful fantasy written for smart readers.”—Greg Keyes, New York Times bestselling author of The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone seriesBehind the king's life stands the menacing Protector, and beyond him lies the Protector's Shadow...
Centuries after the death of Uthar the Great, the throne of the Ontilian Empire lies vacant. The late emperor's brother-in-law and murderer, Lord Urdhven, appoints himself Protector to his nephew, young King Lathmar VII and sets out to kill anyone who stands between himself and mastery of the empire, including (if he can manage it) the king himself and his ancient but still formidable ancestress, Ambrosia Viviana.
When Ambrosia is accused of witchcraft and put to trial by combat, she is forced to play her trump card and call on her brother, Morlock Ambrosius—stateless person, master of all magical makers, deadly swordsman, and hopeless drunk.
As ministers of the king, they carry on the battle, magical and mundane, against the Protector and his shadowy patron. But all their struggles will be wasted unless the young king finds the strength to rule in his own right and his own name.
I was at the West Seattle B&B just last night and it wasn't out yet. Either this afternoon or tomorrow though I'll be downtown and will check out B&N there.
I would be surprised if it's hit stores yet. It usually hits Amazon a week or so first, before working its way through distribution channels to actual shelves. I would check next week.
I've been curious for a while about something, and it seems like you may well know the answer: Does buying a book before it officially comes out affect the first week's sales, or does it all aggregate to the "official" release week?
If you preorder at Amazon, then it will show up in first week's sales, though the first week THEY have it isn't the same for the chains. When I look at Bookscan, I usually see a few sales the week before the official first week, and then the real first week kicks in after that.
Thanks! I've wondered about that.
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