The Chronicles of Covent: Tale One of the Shade Chronicles: Limited Illustrated Edition
J. L. Ficks and Others
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Doljinaar. Kingdom of might and stone. One name is whispered upon the lips of every man, woman and child old enough to know fear. An assassin lives among them. A foreigner born of a far off dark land and yet lies as close as their shadows. An assassin that goes by the name of Shade…
It has been many long years since Shade left the black forests of his people, the Dark Elves, where he was trained among the ranks of the Unseen. He has grown rich and powerful in the world of men, feeding off mankind’s compulsion for spilling its own blood. His name has become like a cold wind slipping in through the night, but even he tires of his own legend and yearns for a challenge…
And so when Shade was offered a job that could mean his own downfall, he did not hesitate to accept. He would strike at the crimelord of the Kurn underground. In one bold stroke he would make himself an enemy of his own dark underworld. Has he finally found a worthy enemy or will this contract be his last?
LIMITED ILLUSTRATED EDITION!
Great fantasy in the tradition of Forgotten Realms and Dragonlance
From what the authors tell us on their website [...], this is the first story in what is to become a vast world of epic fantasy. The website impressed me enough that I decided to buy this, their first book. The writing is powerfully colorful, and in the first few sentences you are drawn in to another world--the mark of great writing. This book is about a dark-elf named Shade. Shade, it turns out, was trained as an "Unseen", which is an elite form of Dark Elven guardian -- ones who use magic and fighting skill to protect the homeland, and also to carry out more delicate matters, such as assassination. Shade has, for reasons we are only partially treated to (one must assume that the authors will go into his background in even more depth in follow-up books, which are slated for release on the website) left his dark homeland and now lives as an outcast among the human-dominated kingdom of Doljinaar (which although ran by humans, is also filled with an assortment of other creatures--the authors have created a freshly complex family tree of new fantasy races to populate their world--along with an assortment of familiar favorites--and we run into more than a few of them in this story). During the time between becoming an outcast from his homeland and the time we meet him in this story, Shade has used his impressive Unseen abilities to forge a name for himself as a legendary assassin. Now, the rich and powerful seek him out to pay top dollar for his services, which he seems to accept based entirely on the challenge rather than the money. This book is the story of a job that he is hired to carry out, one that pits him against a target as ruthless and powerful as he. We get to follow him on a dangerous journey into the heart of the underworld of one of Doljinaar's most powerful cities.
Overall, I loved this book, and I highly recommend it. Keep 'em coming, guys!
- Category: Fantasy
- Published: Feb 10, 2012
- Publisher: Lulu.com
- Seller: Lulu Enterprises, Inc.
- Print Length: 267 Pages
- Language: English