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A Guile of Dragons (Tournament of Shadows Series #1)
     

A Guile of Dragons (Tournament of Shadows Series #1)

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by James Enge
 

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It's dwarves vs dragons in this origin story for Enge's signature character, Morlock Ambrosius!

Before history began, the dwarves of Thrymhaiam fought against the dragons as the Longest War raged in the deep roads beneath the Northhold. Now the dragons have returned, allied with the dead kings of Cor and backed by the masked gods of Fate and Chaos.

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It's dwarves vs dragons in this origin story for Enge's signature character, Morlock Ambrosius!

Before history began, the dwarves of Thrymhaiam fought against the dragons as the Longest War raged in the deep roads beneath the Northhold. Now the dragons have returned, allied with the dead kings of Cor and backed by the masked gods of Fate and Chaos.

The dwarves are cut off from the Graith of Guardians in the south. Their defenders are taken prisoner or corrupted by dragonspells. The weight of guarding the Northhold now rests on the crooked shoulders of a traitor's son, Morlock syr Theorn (also called Ambrosius).

But his wounded mind has learned a dark secret in the hidden ways under the mountains. Regin and Fafnir were brothers, and the Longest War can never be over...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Morlock Ambrosius, son of Merlin Ambrosius and Nimue Viviana, roams the world of Makers, developed in Enge’s first trilogy (Blood of Ambrose, etc.), in this efficiently excellent epic fantasy. Morlock returns to the Whitethorn Mountains and the dwarfs of the Seven Clans under Thrymhaiam, who fostered him from infancy, and is placed under the charge of clueless Summoner Earno. The Ranga region has stopped shipping provisions to other areas of the Whitethorns, and Guardians have gone missing. Morlock and his foster father, clan elder Tyr syr Theorn, suspect foul play. Earno, on the other hand, assumes the son of traitor Merlin is concocting nefarious schemes. Enge’s engaging portrait of Morlock—who identifies much more as a tallish, less gray dwarf than as the son of a fabled mage—will have readers hunting down earlier books to learn more about the adventurer and his history. Agent: Michael Kabongo, OnyxHawke Agency. (Aug.)
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"Efficiently excellent epic fantasy. . . . Enge's engaging portrait of Morlock. . .will have readers hunting down earlier books to learn more about the adventurer and his history."
- Publishers Weekly starred review

"Providing a back door into the Arthur/Merlin mythos, Enge creates a fascinating counterpoint to the familiar legends."
- Library Journal

“Morlock is a wonderful character—powerful and noble, tragic and comic—with more than a small nod to Don Quixote.”
- Rick Riordan, New York Times-bestselling author 
 
"Enge's books are like a strange alloy of Raymond Chandler, Fritz Lieber, Larry Niven and some precious metal that is all Enge's own. They're thrilling, funny, and mysteriously moving. I see 10 things on every page I wish I'd written. I could read him forever and never get bored."
Lev Grossman, New York Times-bestselling author of The Magicians

"A delightfully thoughtful fantasy. Instead of recycling tired old tropes with dragons, dwarves, and general magical folk, [Enge] creates a new context for a son of Merlin story. . . . A must-read for anyone who enjoys elegant ideas converted into pure adventure."
- City Book Review

Library Journal
The son of Merlin Ambrosius and Nimue Viviana but abandoned at birth, Morlock Ambrosius grew up among the dwarves of Thrymhaiam. Though he is cherished by his adoptive father, Tyr syr Theorn, his differences as a nondwarf led to a parting of the ways. When the dragons defeated ages ago by the dwarves return in an unholy alliance with the dead kings of Cor, the task of confronting them falls upon Morlock. Using a narrator who recalls the somberness of Norse myth, this series launch serves as a prequel to the novels featuring Merlin's son (The Wolf Age; Blood of Ambrose; This Crooked Way). VERDICT Providing a back door into the Arthur/Merlin mythos, Enge creates a fascinating counterpoint to the familiar legends.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616146283
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
08/24/2012
Series:
Tournament of Shadows Series , #1
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
905,743
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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A GUILE OF DRAGONS

A TOURNAMENT OF SHADOWS BOOK ONE
By James Enge

Prometheus Books

Copyright © 2012 James Enge
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-61614-628-3


Chapter One

In a Dark Wood

The Two Powers hated everything, each other most of all. When Torlan said, "Yes," Zahkaar said, "No," and when Torlan said, "I meant no, ha ha ha," Zahkaar said, "I meant yes," and did not laugh. It made their conversations tedious, but they were not aware of it: tedium was not something they could experience.

The Two Powers pervaded the universe; so it was written in the holy books of the Anhikh sorcerer–priests. Those–who–know, the fratricidal fraternity of magical adepts, gave them a more local habitation, in the accursed forest of Tychar, Laent's dark-blue poisonous heart.

This is the history of the universe, according to the Anhikh religion of the Two Powers. In the beginning, there was nothing. Then one of the Two Powers came into being (some say it was Torlan, the power of Fate; some say it was Zahkaar, the power of Chaos—wars have been fought over this important issue). Its being naturally summoned its anti-being into existence, and they began to struggle. Time and the universe and everything in it is a consequence of that struggle. In the end, one of the Powers will vanquish the other, and time and the universe and everything in it will be swept away in that unending victory.

Those–who–know do not generally believe this. But there was no denying the existence of the Two Powers, nor their dreadful if ill–defined abilities, and sorcerers of every stripe of opinion generally gave them a wide berth. "Being an atheist is no protection," as Guelph the Many-Minded remarked on his scaffold, "if a god decides to believe in you."

Today, on the first day of the new year, the two gods had decided to believe in someone.

"Ambrosius," said Torlan, the power of Fate.

"Ambrosius," disagreed Zahkaar, the power of Chaos.

"We hate him," Torlan said.

"Hate," agreed Zahkaar reluctantly, then added, "I hated him first."

"Liar. Liar."

"You're the liar."

"All my decrees are true and eternal."

"True and eternal lies."

So the long day wore on. They enjoyed, insofar as they could enjoy anything, when they could disagree about something they agreed on. It made the inevitable cooperation less repugnant to their natures.

But the new quarrel, added to their endless ancient quarrel, did not stop them from executing the resolution arising from their clashing wills. They both hated Ambrosius. He would suffer for inspiring them to agree on anything.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from A GUILE OF DRAGONS by James Enge Copyright © 2012 by James Enge. Excerpted by permission of Prometheus Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Meet the Author

James Enge is the author of Blood of Ambrose (nominated for a World Fantasy Award), This Crooked Way, The Wolf Age, Travellers' Rest, A Guile of Dragons (A Tournament of Shadows Book One), Wrath-Bearing Tree (A Tournament of Shadows Book Two), and The Wide World's End  (A Tournament of Shadows Book Three) . His fiction has appeared in Black Gate, Flashing Swords, and Every Day Fiction. He is an instructor of classical languages at a Midwestern university.

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