City of Scars [NOOK Book]

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It’s been three decades since the Blood Queen led her legions on a brutal campaign of conquest and destruction, and the Empires are still struggling to rebuild. Now, in the distant aftermath of the war, the real battle is about to begin.

Haunted by the crimes of his past, fallen knight Azander Dane ekes out a mercenary existence as he drifts from one city to the next. His latest job is to hunt down Ijanna Taivorkan, a powerful outlaw witch ...

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Overview

It’s been three decades since the Blood Queen led her legions on a brutal campaign of conquest and destruction, and the Empires are still struggling to rebuild. Now, in the distant aftermath of the war, the real battle is about to begin.

Haunted by the crimes of his past, fallen knight Azander Dane ekes out a mercenary existence as he drifts from one city to the next. His latest job is to hunt down Ijanna Taivorkan, a powerful outlaw witch desperate to escape her destiny.

Dane and Ijanna find themselves in Ebonmark, the City of Scars, where deadly crime guilds and shadowy agents of the White Dragon Empire prepare for a brutal confrontation. Pursued by apocalypse cults, mad alchemists, exiled giants and werewolf gangs, Dane and Ijanna soon learn a deadly lesson – in Ebonmark, only the cruelest and most cunning can survive.

City of Scars is the first volume of The Skullborn Trilogy, an all new epic fantasy adventure from the author of Blood Skies.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045158824
  • Publisher: Steven Montano
  • Publication date: 6/24/2013
  • Series: Skullborn Trilogy , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 483,067
  • File size: 395 KB

Meet the Author

I’m Steven Montano, an accountant who thinks he’s a writer, based mainly on the fact that I managed to get a few D&D adventures published roughly 2,000 years ago. I’ve been writing as a hobby for almost 20 years.

I’m currently hard at work on the “Blood Skies” project, a post-apocalyptic dark fantasy fiction series. It has magic. And guns. And vampires. Really, what more could you want?

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

    The epic fantasy genre is making a grand resurgence into the lit

    The epic fantasy genre is making a grand resurgence into the literary world and I could not be happier to herald this novel into that category. Banners raised high as City of Scars, the first book in The Skullborn Trilogy visits The Library.
    The Rift War destroyed a world, dividing the lands into straggling bands of vagabonds, alchemists ruling the underworlds, guilds battling for control, and a few good people fighting to survive in the sheer madness. The first shining example of a talented fantasy author is the ability to construct a complex world, without losing the reader in a madness of descriptive prattle. Montano has built a world that delves between the magical veil, the decimated lands ravaged by war, the corrupt cities, the underground wonders of the Voss, the darkened lairs of alchemy; always defining them with generosity, but not burdening the reader in boredom.
    Yet, the true stars are the characters in this adventure. The cast is large and one would easily fear that keeping track of them would require a timeline or tree based by Guild. Thankfully, the author's skill propels each character exactly to the level of attention that they both need and deserve. From Vellaxa to Blackhall, Targo to Kleiderhorn, Maddox to Harrick, Kruje to Slayne, Meziaz Crinn to Empress Azaean; no character is left without a story. Of course, all tales must have lead characters and Azander Dane and Ijanna Taivorkan are some of the most compelling characters I have met in a novel in 2014.
    Characters, a dramatic world, what more could the reader want? A good plot, and again Montano does not disappoint. From the prologue that introduces you to the past so you may better understand the essence of the story, you should be hooked. I know that I was, and could not manage to rest my eyes before I had read long into the night to finish the adventure...but wait, there is more to come. Path of Bones, book two of The Skullborn Trilogy is now available.
    Unfortunately I could not dive directly into the next part of the saga, as there are other books begging my attention...including a story of my own demanding to be written. I do promise that the review is pending, as I am anxious to see what is in store for Dane and Ijanna.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Great new series

    Another great tale from Steven. And like his other stories:
    We see lots of cool stuff. Weapons. Creatures. War machines.
    We see lots of battle. Black Guild. White Dragon. The Phage. Bloodspeakers. Veilwardens. Dawn Knights. Dream Witch. Blood Queen. Skullborn. Some of these are not be plural but that's up to the reader to find out.
    So much action, someone has to die. It's not who you expect. Or maybe it is. Once or twice.
    Secret identities. 'Nuff said.

    Stuff I liked:
    I like the chapters by perspective. Every major character in the story get at least one POV chapter.

    Steven has two more books to go - it is a trilogy - and this one goes to completion of the arc with this in mind. The ending isn't cliffhangery as far as immediate danger but: "What happens next?"

    The imagery is similar to that of Blood Skies, but as similar as they are, they don't imitate each other. I don't see vra'taar and think Avenger. The Phage is nothing like the Revengers . Arena, not alike any more than they have to be.

    Nearly every character has a choice to deal with, some more than others. Pay close attention to the descriptions; they have story bits everywhere.

    Read, enjoy, anticipate. Wait, you don't have City of Scars yet? Stop reading this and go get it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Wow

    This begs to read over and again!

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