Synopses & Reviews
The long-awaited sequel to Violette Malan's acclaimed debut novel, The Mirror Prince.
The war in the Land of the Faerie has finally ended. Prince Cassandra dispatches Stormwolf, formerly a Hound but cured by his prince's magic and restored to the Rider he once was, to the Shadowlands to call home the People who remain refugees there. But Stormwolf finds the Hounds of the Wild Hunt now prey upon the souls of the humans, draining them of the magic which is the very lifeblood of the People. With the help of Valory Martin, a mortal psychic, Stormwolf must find the magic needed to defeat the Hunt before it's too late.
"'Combining classic heroic fantasy with a metaphysical twist, Malan (The Mirror Prince) introduces the Mercenary Brotherhood and two of its most fascinating members: Dhulyn Wolfshead, a psychically gifted former slave, and Parno Lionsmane, a rugged exiled nobleman. Their assignment seems simple: deliver Mar-eMar, a young orphan, to her distant relatives of the demi-royal Tenebro House in Imrion's capital, Gotterang. The trip quickly turns complicated and dangerous as they encounter the deadly persecution of the Marked, supernaturally talented people whom the fanatical New Believers think are trying to wake the Sleeping God and destroy the world. Parno must confront his noble past and Dhulyn fight the limitations of her visions as they battle the elusive, terrifying Green Shadow, who's manipulating the New Believers for his own ends. Malan's sometimes wordy, philosophical musings weigh down the action, but she makes up for it with abundant swordplay and the protagonists' strong, entertaining partnership.' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
“Inventive, compelling, and crammed with action.”
"The author weaves an intricate tapestry.... One can only hope that there will be more tales featuring these fantastical beings and their remarkable abilities."
"This is a fabulous urban fantasy sequel to The Mirror Prince...[and] a strong thriller."
"Fantastic worldbuilding, several interwoven plots, interesting characters.... Shadowlands will not disappoint those who have long awaited seeing what happened to the High Prince."
“I want more books like these
.... Well-rounded characters both male and female! Derring-do! Heroic (maybe-not-quite) last stands! Come one, come all....” —Tor.com (for series)
“Combining classic heroic fantasy with a metaphysical twist, Malan introduces the Mercenary Brotherhood and two of its most fascinating members.... With abundant swordplay and a strong, entertaining partnership.” —Publisher's Weekly (for The Sleeping God)
“High fantasy and adventure with a hero and heroine cursed with secrets and blessed with natural and magical talents, wit, and bravery.” —Library Journal (for The Sleeping God)
“The plot twists and turns with plenty of action, good fun for any fan of S&S adventure.” —Locus (for The Soldier King)
“Malan has created an entertaining pair of mercenaries and a world for them to adventure in.” —Sacramento Book Review (for The Soldier King)
“Malans written a classic fantasy novel that manages to be fresh and compelling
.” —CHarlaine Harris
“I want more books like these.... Well-rounded characters both male and female! Derring-do! Heroic (maybe-not-quite) last stands! Come one, come all....” —Tor.com
“The highly talented Dhulyn and Parno are great fun to watch.” —Locus
“Terrific fight scenes, excellent character development, and just the right amount of political intrigue make for a great fantasy read.” —Sacramento Book Review
Masters of weapons and martial arts, Mercenaries Dhulyn Wolfshead and Parno Lionsmane have just saved one of the Marked, those gifted with special powers, from a mob that appears to be under the influence of a priest of the Sleeping God. Learning that this is not an isolated incident and realizing that Dhulyn's own unique gift will make them a target, the two take ship for safer climes. Once ashore the partners take on a seemingly simple mission of escorting a young woman to distant relatives. But not even Dhulyn's talent can warn them of the threat that awaits at the far end of their journey.
Dhulyn Wolfshead and Parno Lionsmane are members of the Mercenary Guild, both veterans of numerous battles and missions, each a master of martial arts. And more than that, Dhulyn and Parno are Partners, a Mercenary bond that can only be broken by one or both of their deaths. Their past lives are supposed to be irrelevant?but Dhulyn and Parno have histories and secrets that may make all the difference between success and failure in the mission that awaits them...
About the Author
Violette Malan lives in a nineteenth-century limestone farmhouse in southeastern Ontario with her husband. Born in Canada, Violette's cultural background is half Spanish and half Polish, which makes it interesting at meal times. She has worked as a teacher of creative writing, English as a second language, Spanish, beginner's French, and choreography for strippers. On occasion she's been an administrative assistant and a carpenter's helper. Her most unusual job was translating letters between lovers, one of whom spoke only English, the other only Spanish. She can be found at violettemalan.com.