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Cold Counsel

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In Chris Sharp's new epic fantasy Cold Counsel, Slud of the Blood Claw Clan, Bringer of Troubles, was born at the heart of the worst storm the mountain had ever seen. Slud’s father, chief of the clan, was changed by his son’s presence. For the first time since the age of the giants, he rallied the remaining trolls under one banner and marched to war taking back the mountain from the goblin clans.

However, the long-lived elves remembered the brutal wars of the last age, and did not welcome the return of these lesser-giants to martial power. Twenty thousand elves marched on the mountain intent on genocide. They eradicated the entire troll species—save two.

Aunt Agnes, an old witch from the Iron Wood, carried Slud away before the elves could find them. Their existence remained hidden for decades, and in that time, Agnes molded Slud to become her instrument of revenge.

For cold is the counsel of women.

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From Publishers Weekly

Nov 14, 2016 – The fantastical stories of the birth and childhood of Slud ("Bringer of Troubles"), son of the chief of the Blood Claw Clan of trolls, were legendary. The child himself drove his father to unite the trolls against the other races before the elves and goblins obliterated all of the trolls save Slud and another calling herself Aunt Agnes, who raised Slud in secret. Now that Slud is an adult and on his own, he plans revenge, moving first against the goblins and their leader, Khan Arok. Along the way Slud gets help from caches Aunt Agnes left behind, a worshipful goblin scout named Dingle, a nearly immortal goblin named Neither-Nor, and various others. There are fun moments in this human-free, Norse-inspired fantasy, primarily those involving Dingle, Neither-Nor, and the canine Wolf King, Luther. Slud himself, though, despite Aunt Agnes thinking that he's "truly special," doesn't quite live up to the prologue's legends and rarely seems to be more than an especially hardy troll who's well trained in logistics. Readers who enjoy new versions of old tales may find this novel satisfactory.
Cold Counsel
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  • Category: Epic
  • Published: Feb 21, 2017
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 302 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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