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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
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