Eastern Tide: Book Four

Eastern Tide: Book Four

by Juliet E. McKenna
     
 

The Archipelago is still plagued by dragons and its peoples live in terror of their coming. Kheda, Risala, and Velindre chase rumors of a water dragon, as they alone have gathered secrets of how to repel these fearsome beasts. Yet this has won them no friends as they are forced to travel incognito, their lives at risk. The delicate political balance of the islands

Overview


The Archipelago is still plagued by dragons and its peoples live in terror of their coming. Kheda, Risala, and Velindre chase rumors of a water dragon, as they alone have gathered secrets of how to repel these fearsome beasts. Yet this has won them no friends as they are forced to travel incognito, their lives at risk. The delicate political balance of the islands teeters as rival factions spar and warfare threatens. Kheda is reluctantly drawn into the fray as his dragon fighting powers become a powerful political tool—but he and his companions are tainted by the suspicion of forbidden magic. This not only places them in great danger but also has wider implications for the power structure of the islands. Kheda’s contact with northern magic has caused him to doubt the very foundations of his people’s ancient beliefs, placing his future as a warlord in doubt and the making the succession of his realm a dark and bloody question. The Archipelago was first established in McKenna's previous series The Tales of Einarinn.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Brimful of magic and adventure."  —Starburst

"Written with verve and style, they're all ripe and juicy and ready for picking."  —SFX

"McKenna creates real tension and her battles . . . are unique and excellently done."  —Time Out

"An original and intriguing setting, impressive world-building and compelling writing set McKenna's work apart from a field thick with far less ambitious fantasy works."  —Publishers Weekly on Southern Fire

"When a talented writer makes fiction seem like history, the book becomes an event. The world Juliet McKenna has created within the Aldabreshin Archipelago is carefully developed, layer upon layer, giving it the reality which is the hallmark of outstanding fantasy. She writes very visual prose, enabling the reader to see every scene in great detail. Her characters are colorful and believable; love them or hate them, you won't forget them. I certainly won't. Kheda, Risala, Dev, and many others linger in my mind, awaiting the continuation of their story."  —Morgan Llywelyn, author, The Greener Shore, on Southern Fire

"[McKenna's] the thinking fantasy reader's writer, and the stuff she writes is dangerously addictive."  —Charles Stross, author, Missile Gap

Publishers Weekly

The fourth Aldabreshin Compass novel (after 2005's Western Shore) raises the stakes for dragon-chasing Kheda, who has resorted to working with magewoman Velindre even though his fellow warlords will kill anyone who associates with magic-users. Kheda and his companions are drawn to two places threatened by the beasts: Shek, a domain where he owes the lord a debt of gratitude, and Daish, ruled by Kheda's son. Kheda must ward off both dragons using tainted rubies, hide his relationship to the wizards and avoid being drawn into a web of political intrigues that could destroy him, his family and his future. New readers will have some trouble catching up, but once the book starts rolling, it's an exciting read; McKenna creates fascinating tensions between magic and different societies. While this volume wraps up the Compass quartet, the ending leaves plenty of room for further books. (Oct.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841493770
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Series:
The Aldabreshin Compass series
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.46(d)

Meet the Author


Juliet E. McKenna is the author of The Tales of Einarinn series and three previous titles in the Aldabreshin Compass series: Southern Fire, Northern Storm, and Western Shore.

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