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Sara Douglass has won legions of fans around the world for her epic tales of sorcery, forbidden love, and heart-pounding action. Now, with the DarkGlass Mountain saga, she reveals her biggest adventure yet. Tencendor is no more. The land is gone. But a few Sunsoars still remain, and a new foe walks the world. Three new heroes have stepped forward--Ishbel Brunelle, priestess of the Serpent Coil; Isaiah, the Tyrant of Isembaard; and Maximillian, the Lord of Elcho Falling. Yet despite their best efforts, the dark god Kanubai has risen. And worse yet, war approaches, as the Darkglass Mountain has raised a vaste horde to ravage the land. As the trio struggle to keep their supporters and alliances alive, the Sunsoars have their own challenges...including the chance to finally rejoin the magical Star Dance, and the appearance of the Lealfast, long-lost kin to the Icarii who may be friends...or deadly enemies. As tensions rise between the two races, Axis Sunsoar revives his elite Strike Force in a desperate bid to stop the darkness. / Australia's number one fantasy author. / Sara's first trilogy - The Axis trilogy - has now sold over 100,000 copies in Australia alone. This a return to that world and features amny of her best-loved characters. / Part of a stunning new icon series style - that includes her backlist titles. / Competition: Robin Hobb, Trudi Canavan, Fiona McIntosh, Kate Elliot
Sara Douglass was born in Penola, South Australia, and spent her early working life as a nurse. Rapidly growing tired of starched veils, mitred corners and irascible anaesthetists, she worked her way through three degrees at the University of Adelaide, culminating in a PhD in early modern English history. Sara Douglass currently teaches medieval history of La Trobe University, Bendigo and escapes academia through her writing.
There are three perilous things a fantasy writer may attempt that often end in disaster. The first is to extend a popular franchise past its original conclusion. The second is to resurrect a fan favourite character who has been convincingly killed. The third is to try to tie together a group of their previously released works into a unifying opus. In her latest series Sara Douglass has done all three of these things-and made them work in a way that few of her contemporaries can manage. The Twisted Citadel is the second title in the 'Darkglass Mountain' series. The series pulls together Axis Sunsoar, protagonist of the hugely popular 'Axis' and 'Wayfarer' trilogies, and Maximilian Persimius from the stand-alone title Beyond the Hanging Wall. The back story for the antagonists comes from another stand-alone title Threshold. The beauty of this work is that it is not dependent on the previous works, but stands on its own considerable merit. For her long-term readers there is a depth they will enjoy, and new readers will find themselves drawn to her earlier work. This is a darkly sensual tale, replete with the machinations and intrigue that Douglass does so well and nothing less than you would expect from our best fantasy writer. Stefen Brazuliatis is a customer service manager with Borders Perth
The continent of Tencendor has fallen; new realms have taken its place. Only a few members of the SunSoar family remain, and new movers and shakers have risen to prominence as they try to hold their alliances fast against a new darkness arising from DarkGlass Mountain--the Dark God Kanubai transformed into something much more powerful. The author of the popular "Axis" and "Wayfarer Redemption" trilogies continues her epic saga of lands and populations in peril and of heroes who fight against the ever-strengthening evil in this sequel to The Serpent Bride. Douglass has established herself as one of the genre's ablest storytellers, able to create vast canvasses upon which her unforgettable characters leave their distinctive marks. Recommended for fantasy collections of any size but particularly where the author has a following. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
A hefty and welcome glossary of characters connects this sophomoric second installment of the DarkGlass Mountain trilogy to its predecessor, 2007's The Serpent Bride. Maximilian, king of Escator, and his former queen, Ishbel, struggle to decide whether to repair or fully end their romance, while Isaiah, Maximilian's military leader, and Axis SunSoar, a heroic winged Icarii enchanter, debate how to combat the demonic god Kanubai, who has been absorbed into the DarkGlass Mountain and now poses an even greater threat. Those familiar with Douglass's earlier Axis Trilogy may savor the intricate interplay between humans, Icarii and their mysterious Lealfast cousins, and the Gollum-like Skraelings, but grisly scenes frequently disrupt the flow of the story, and Douglass's chatty abandonment of epic tone ("You are in a pickle, Maximilian") often snaps the necessary suspension of disbelief. Maximilian's weariness over endless wandering that gets him nowhere proves an apt metaphor for the story. (June) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Praise for The Axis Trilogy: 'The twists, revelations and foreshadowings keep you turning pages' SFX 'Absorbing. Those who like their battles bloody and realistic will get their desire, but here also are moments of great tenderness' Starburst