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The Covenant Rising, the first book in Stan Nicholls's Dreamtime trilogy, has all the trappings of a classic fantasy epic: a cast of fascinating, unforgettable characters; a richly described and historied realm saturated with magic; and a desperate quest of massive proportions so improbable it just might work!
Central characters include Reeth Caldason, a legendary outlaw afflicted with an arcane curse, who is one of the last remaining members of a warrior race; Seerah Ardacris, an imperial agent set up by her own government to take the fall for the death of an incompetent highborn in her charge; and Kutch Pirathon, a young sorcerer's apprentice who witnesses the murder of his master. Although all three characters are involved in their own personal journeys, they end up in the capital city of Bhealfa, an oppressed province of the Gath Tampoor Empire. Once there they enter into an uneasy alliance with a group of rogue sorcerers known as the Covenant, and become pawns in a plot that could not only topple empires but also birth a new world!
While Nicholls -- a highly regarded reviewer, journalist and author in the U.K. -- may not be a household name in the States yet, his status will change once fantasy fans read The Covenant Rising. This enthralling and fast-paced story really does have all the elements of a classic fantasy tale: despotic empires, idealistic revolutionaries, insane rulers, cold-blooded murder, political intrigue, ill-fated romance, sorcerers and paladins, fantastical beasts, and magical marvels -- in short, it's a great read! Paul Goat Allen