The first instalment of a thrilling new epic fantasy trilogy from the rising star of the genre. Led by Loethar, an ambitious and ruthless tyrant, a terrifying army of mercenaries and renegades from the great southern steppes threaten to overwhelm the Kingdom of Penraven, having already overthrown its two neighbouring realms, leaving a trail of devastation and broken lives in their wake. Penraven is Loethar's most desired prize, not only because of its wealth, safe harbour, extensive coastline, and abundant natural resources. This time the tyrant wants more than a crown. Driven by dreams of empire, fuelled by his increasing obsession with magic, Loethar's plan to overthrow King Brennus of Penraven, 9th of the Valisars, was cemented the hour upon when he learned that Brennus possessed the power of coercion. All of the Valisar heirs have been blessed down the ages with the sinister ability to bend people entirely to their will and Loethar is convinced that if he consumes these empowered people he will then be imbued with their skills and magics! and be unstoppable. Lead title / The first time Fiona McIntosh has appeared in HB, now with a striking new jacket look / A must-read this autumn for fans of Hobb and Canavan - to be stickered with 'As page turning reading as Robin Hobb or your money back' / An extensive pre-publication digital campaign, including early samples, interviews, competitions and features on a wide range of generic sites - from magazines to blogs / Competition: Trudi Canavan, Robin Hobb, Kate Elliot, Sara Douglass, Jennifer Fallon
Originally from Brighton, Fiona McIntosh moved to Australia in her teens and forged a successful career in travel - running a business with her husband - before becoming a writer. She continues her work and on top of this not only writes at least two books a year, but also spearheads the Fab Fantasy Bookclub - Australia's premier fantasy bookclub. She lives in southern Australia with her husband, her two lovely sons, two mad dogs and two insane birds.
Readers of traditional, 'high' fantasy fiction will no doubt already be familiar with Fiona McIntosh. Over the course of three previous trilogies, the author has built a solid reputation for fast-paced epic tales of palace intrigues, derring-do and double-crosses. Royal Exile, the first in a new trilogy, continues this vein of competent, yet highly conventional epic fantasy. The writing is straightforward and explanatory, with the plot unfolding in short, episodic chapters. The action is crisp and surprisingly brutal, with central characters regularly (and graphically) dispatched throughout. This ruthlessness is often surprisingly missing from epic fantasy, but McIntosh wields it with relish and aplomb. The nasty end so many characters suffer lends urgency to the exploits of those remaining, and goes some way to disguising their essentially two-dimensional nature. Fans of McIntosh (and there are plenty) will not be disappointed, and this book can confidently be recommended to the 'I like Tolkien, is it like that?' customer, but there is nothing particularly new on offer here. Beau Taylor is a bookseller at science-fiction, fantasy and crime specialists Pulp Fiction in Brisbane
Praise for Fiona McIntosh: `It's a "just one more chapter" sort of book. Don't start reading in the evening if you have to get up early the next morning'Robin Hobb