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Cartomancy: Book Two of the Age of Discovery (Age of Discovery Trilogy)by Michael A. Stackpole
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"Michael A. Stackpole is incapable of writing a book that isn't imaginative and intelligent."-Stephen R. Donaldson, author of The Chronicle of Thomas Covenant
New York Times bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole returns with the second book of a groundbreaking trilogy charting exciting new territory in fantasy fiction. Cartomancy follows a group of trailblazing mapmakers with the power to discover new worlds-and shape reality itself….
Under the shadow of invasion by a nameless enemy, there seems only one way to save Nalenyr from oblivion. The old heroes who once defended the land must be awakened. And accomplishing that requires a journey across the magical wasteland where they're rumored to be trapped-a wasteland rife with magic and danger.
Grandson of the Royal Cartographer, Keles Anturasi finds himself trapped in an enemy nation where his skill may well be his death sentence. His brother Jorim is an ocean away, captive in an altered realm in which he's regarded as a god. And their sister Nirati resides in a paradise that exists between life and death with her insane grandfather and an ancient sorcerer bent on the world's destruction.
Now they and their companions must struggle to survive in a world where war on earth mirrors war in heaven. What the gods themselves fear, men must brave. Heroes and mystics they may be, but can any of them survive in a world where things are seldom what they seem: a place where dreams can become reality-and reality can turn into a nightmare....
"Bestseller Stackpole's second book in his Age of Discovery series (after 2005's The Secret Atlas) offers more complex geopolitical intrigue shaped by magic — in particular, the chaotic 'wild' magic released more than seven centuries earlier by 'the Cataclysm,' when the Empress Cyrsa split the realm into 'the Nine Principalities.' Grandmaster cartographer Qiro Anturasi, despite being the prisoner of Imperial Prince Cyron of Nalenyr, has somehow been able to create a brand new continent in what had hitherto been an unoccupied portion of the ocean. Meanwhile, Qiro's grandson, Kelos, who has been sent to map the wild lands of Ixyll, has been captured by Prince Pyrust of Deseiron, who, like Cyron, schemes to unite and rule the Nine Principalities. A profusion of characters and subplots slows the pace, but there's adventure aplenty for those who like their fantasies big and bloody." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Returning to the vast and imaginative world of "A Secret Atlas, Cartomancy" continues the acclaimed trilogy "[that] has it all--wild magic, the excitement of epic fantasy, and the adventure of exploration" ("Publishers Weekly").
About the Author
Michael A. Stackpole started his career as a role-playing and computer game designer before he turned to writing, which gave him a strong grounding in how to appeal most readily to fans. He currently lives in Arizona, where is at work on the final book of his exciting Age of Discovery trilogy.
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