Alexey Pehov is the award-winning author of The Chronicles of Siala, a bestselling series in his native Russia. His novel Under the Sign of the Mantikor was named Book of the Year and Best Fantasy Novel in 2004 by Russia's largest fantasy magazine, World of Fantasy.
The black banner of the Nameless One leads an army of orcs, ogres, and giants toward the great city of Avendoom, and only the Rainbow Horn can prevent the coming war. To acquire the Horn, now lost to its rightful possessors, the king of Siala has hired Shadow Harold, the master thief. Along with an elfin princess, ten elite fighters known as the Wild Hearts and the king's jester, Harold, must travel through forbidden lands to the Palaces of Bone, a journey filled with danger that will test everyone's courage. Verdict A best seller in the author's native Russia, this first entry in a fantasy trilogy with a roguish hero should appeal to most fantasy fans. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.