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Rules of Ascension


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David B. Coe is the author of the Winds of the Forelands and Blood of the Southlands series. "Children of Amarid" and "The Outlanders," the first two novels of his LonTobyn Chronicle trilogy, won the William L. Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy or Fantasy Series. He also wrote the novelization of the Ridley Scott production of Robin Hood. Coe grew up in the suburbs around New York City. He received his undergrad degree from Brown University and his Ph.D. in history from Stanford University. In his free time, he is an avid birdwatcher and nature photographer. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Sewanee, Tennessee.


After a slow start, this sword and sorcery epic from Coe (The Outlanders, etc.) gathers momentum like a runaway moving van. Generations ago, the pale, physically weak but magically empowered Qirsi met defeat after invading the lands of the more mundane Eandi. Now the Qirsi are useful but scorned servants in a medieval Eandi society composed of minor rival territories, until they conspire to subvert the rules for choosing a new king so that a Qirsi can take power. Setting up the story's complicated background takes a while, and characters die off or are assassinated too fast in the early chapters to register. When a spoiled young Eandi nobleman is framed for his intended bride's murder in order to remove him from the line of ascension, however, the novel becomes absorbing. Here, also, the author's decision to create such a detailed map and history begins to pay off. The reader can identify with the characters as they struggle to sort through the different levels of plotting and manipulation ensnaring them. The falsely accused young man's story is just one thread of a densely woven web. Rather than being just The Fugitive with castles, the novel turns out to be about how uncertain experience is and how people need to find truth in the world and themselves. After this impressive opening volume, one can only hope Coe will keep up the high standard in the remainder of a projected four-book series. Agent, Lucienne Diver. (Mar. 28) FYI: In 1999, Coe won the William C. Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy or Fantasy Series for his LonTobyn trilogy. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Some 900 years ago, the war between the magically gifted Qirsi and the people of Eandi ended with the destruction of the most powerful Qirsi mages, called Weavers. Now a plague of assassinations threatens the ruling houses of Eibithar and the world draws closer to another war. Only an unlikely alliance between a Qirsi seer and a fugitive noble can prevent a tragic conflict that promises to unleash chaos upon the land. The author of the "Lontobyn Chronicle" (e.g., Children of Amarid) begins a new fantasy epic set in a world of rival nobles, sinister mages, and a few men and women of courage and conviction. Well-developed characters and an intriguing political background recommend this title for most fantasy collections. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

"This sword and sorcery epic gathers momentum like a runaway moving van."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Mesmerizing, highly readable fantasy."--A.L.A. "Booklist"

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