City of Scars

City of Scars

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by Steven Montano
     
 

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940045158824
Publisher:
Steven Montano
Publication date:
06/24/2013
Series:
Skullborn Trilogy , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
404 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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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City of Scars 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
PAnneBartotto More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This begs to read over and again!