Thursday, 2 July 2020

Jon Sprunk

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Shadow Saga
Shadow’s Son
Shadow’s Lure
Shadow’s Master
The Complete Shadow Saga

The Book of the Black Earth series
Blood and Iron*
Storm and Steel*
Blade and Bone*

*JABberwocky eBook editions are available to our readers outside of North America. Pyr has made them available in eBook format for readers in the US and Canada.


Shadow Saga

In the city of Othir, there are two kinds of people—the dead and those ones who made them that way. Caim is certainly not dead. Orphaned and adrift, Caim grows up to become a cold-blooded assassin with the aid of his ethereal companion Kit—a useful-but-maddening spirit only he can see or hear. And as far as Caim is concerned, he doesn’t need anyone else getting that close to him. But that changes when he’s betrayed on what should have been a simple job—and his only chance for survival lies with Josephine, the young daughter of the very nobleman he was hired to eliminate. Soon Caim is caught in a wide-ranging conspiracy that stretches from Othir’s gilded halls of power to its bloodied alleyways. He must stay sharp if he is to uncover a cabal of traitors, keep Josey alive, and confront the forgotten truth of his own dark past…

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After helping his lover Josephine lay claim to the throne of Nimea, the assassin Caim has ventured north to the land that has haunted his dreams—cold, unforgiving Eregoth. He departs seeking answers to his parents’ murder and hoping that this knowledge will explain his ability to bend the shadows to his will. In searching for his past, Caim wanders into war. But Eregoth is threatened by a power more terrifying than any army—the witch Sybelle, Queen of the Dark. If given the chance, her aims at destruction would not cease at Eregoth but storm through Nivea where Josey struggles to secure her reign. With nothing more than a force of ragtag warriors at his side, Caim knows that standing against Sybelle’s onslaught may be suicide. But as a son of the Shadow, he has no choice but to fight. Even if every life he takes brings him closer to the blackness that would claim him body and soul…

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In the far wastes of the Northern Marches, the assassin Caim lies in wait. Though he and his allies have defeated the monstrous witch Sybelle, there is a greater threat looming ahead… The Master–a being of nightmarish power who rules the Shadows and holds the answers that Caim has been searching for all his life. But before he can meet his greatest enemy, Caim must face an assassin whose skills and strength eerily match his own. Meanwhile, Empress Josey and the land of Nimea have fallen prey to an unforeseen attack by a barbarian army. Even if he somehow survives, the truth Caim has been seeking for so long may not offer solace. or the destiny he has sought for so long may be the very thing that curses him to a life of eternal darkness and damnation…
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The Complete Shadow Saga collects all three novels in Jon Sprunk’s epic trilogy.

Praise for the Shadow Saga:

Shadow’s Son—“A first-rate sword-and-sorcery tale, with intriguing characters, that moves at a quick pace.” (Booklist)

Shadow’s Lure“Terrific . . . Fun, fast, action-packed, left me eager to read the follow-up.” (Elitist Book Reviews)

Shadow’s Master“Sprunk finishes his series in strong fashion…more interesting worldbuilding; further emergence of characters.” (SF Signal)

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Books of the Black Earth
Blood and Iron by Jon Sprunk

After losing his wife and son to a devastating plague, Horace becomes a soldier, sailing to battle for the Great Crusade against Akeshia. A shipwreck lands him on enemy shores, where he finds himself enslaved and on a brutal march across the desert to destinations unknown. When the caravan of slaves encounters a fierce storm, Horace discovers he possesses zoana, a mysterious gift of magic potent enough to instill fear in his captors and to earn him a place in Queen Byleth’s court.
Horace quickly learns that life at court is a complex, treacherous prison of its own kind and he remains at the mercy of his foe. With help from Jirom, a gladiator and fellow captive and Alyra, spy and handmaiden to the Queen, Horace must outwit his enemies and harness his powerful magic to liberate himself and the thousands who have lived in oppression for far too long.

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After liberating Queen Byleth from the temple of the Sun Cult, Horace has ascended from slave to First Sword and confidant of the queen. He must now harness his power as a sorcerer while navigating complex political intrigue in a foreign land.
Further complications arise when Alyra, former spy at court, returns. She has her own mysterious agenda, and Horace is forced to contend with this as well as his growing passion for her. Meanwhile, Jirom and his lover Emanon have joined the growing slave rebellion, rising through the ranks as they fight for the very cause Horace has been commanded to destroy.
With the kingdom on the brink of war, a rash of assassinations, and orders from Queen Byleth to crush the slave rebellion at any cost, Horace is stuck between his opposition to human bondage, and his newfound duty as the protector of the realm.

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In the chaos following the fall of Erugash, the reluctant sorcerer Horace has fled deep into the desert with a small army of followers devoted to fighting the evil Akeshian empire. But the Akeshians are about to become the least of their concerns. For a dreadful power has risen. He is called the Manalish—and he commands legions of undead warriors who kill, devour, and transform their victims into minions that know neither fear nor pain. But the Manalish also knows of the rebels—and of Horace’s growing skills. When he sends a force of his ghuls after them, the freedom fighters are scattered in defeat. As his friends flee for their lives, Horace chooses another path. Led by visions and omens he cannot fully understand, he sets alone out on a journey that will either unleash the awesome power he has yet to discover within him—or doom Horace and his comrades to a fate far worse than any death…

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