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Blood’s Pride
Shattered Kingdom’s #1
By Evie Manieri

A generation has passed since the Norlanders’ great ships bore down on Shadar, and the Dead Ones slashed and burned the city into submission, enslaving the Shadari people.

Now the Norlander governor is dying and, as his three alienated children struggle against the crushing isolation of their lives, the Shadari rebels spot their opening and summon the Mongrel, a mysterious mercenary warrior who has never yet lost a battle.

But her terms are unsettling: she will name her price only after the Norlanders have been defeated.

A single question is left for the Shadari: is there any price too high for freedom?

I must admit I like the look of this debut. And I’ve been reading some favorable reviews about it too. Alas my contacts over at Pan Macmillan have gone silent since since I left Galaxy. (Maybe I should say former contacts?) That may be co-incidence… but then again maybe not.

It’s not like I am no-longer working for a book-seller.

In any case Blood’s Pride does look good. I’ll think more about buying it for review at a later date. Jo Fletcher is certainly grabbing some great books – not that that is at all surprising given her background. I will be keeping a much closer eye on her list, and making a list of my own lol.

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