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No Return

No Return

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On Jeroun, there is no question as to whether God exists--only what his intentions are.

Under the looming judgment of Adrash and his ultimate weapon--a string of spinning spheres beside the moon known as The Needle--warring factions of white and black suits prove their opposition to the orbiting god with the great fighting tournament of Tchootoo, on the far

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On Jeroun, there is no question as to whether God exists--only what his intentions are.

Under the looming judgment of Adrash and his ultimate weapon--a string of spinning spheres beside the moon known as The Needle--warring factions of white and black suits prove their opposition to the orbiting god with the great fighting tournament of Tchootoo, on the far side of Jeroun's only inhabitable continent.

From the Thirteenth Order of Black Suits comes Vedas, a young master of martial arts, laden with guilt over the death of one of his students. Traveling with him are Churls, a warrior woman and mercenary haunted by the ghost of her daughter, and Manshep, a constructed man made of modular spheres possessed by the foul spirit of his creator. Together they must brave their own demons, as well as thieves, mages, beasts, dearth, and hardship on the perilous road to Tchootoo, and the bloody sectarian battle that is sure to follow.

On the other side of the world, unbeknownst to the travelers, Ebn and Pol of the Royal Outbound Mages (astronauts using Alchemical magic to achieve space flight) have formed a plan to appease Adrash and bring peace to the planet. But Ebn and Pol each have their own clandestine agendas--which may call down the wrath of the very god they hope to woo.

Who may know the mind of God? And who in their right mind would seek to defy him? Gritty, erotic, and fast-paced, author Zachary Jernigan takes you on a sensuous ride through a world at the knife-edge of salvation and destruction, in one of the year's most exciting fantasy epics.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The most daring debut novel of 2013.”
Staffer’s Book Review

“Pulls no punches in its rich, visceral depictions of sexuality, martial arts, punk energy, and the philosophical quandaries of power and identity that speculative fiction uniquely exploits—and that few up-and-coming speculative writers outside Jernigan tackle with such guts.”
The A.V. Club

“Pure genius. . . A visionary, violent, sexually charged, mystical novel.”
—David Anthony Durham, Campbell Award-winning author of the Acacia Trilogy

Library Journal
No one in the world of Jeroun doubts the existence of God. They only differ in their beliefs as to whether Adrash has people's best interests in mind or whether, as the Anadrashi faction believes, the deity intends to use his great weapon known as The Needle to destroy the world. Each year, the opposing sides engage in a grand tournament, usually consisting of martial combat to the death, to channel their rivalry away from outright war. To this tournament comes Vedas Tezul, a member of the Thirteenth Order of Black Suits, who brings instructions that, should he emerge victorious, could bring the world to the brink of religious war. Traveling with him are Churli Casta Jons, a female mercenary who is haunted by her daughter's ghost, and Berun, a man constructed of magical spheres. Meanwhile a pair of ambitious mages work their own schemes to win the attention of Adrash. VERDICT Jernigan's first novel, the opening gambit in a saga of religious war, magical science, and martial combat, is a mixture of epic and sword-and-sorcery fantasy. The author's style, with its sensuality and, often, erotic ambiance, calls to mind the novels of Tanith Lee's "Flat Earth" series as well as the eclectic imaginings of Michael Moorcock's "Eternal Champion" novels. A promising voice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597804578
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
03/05/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
44,704
File size:
815 KB

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Zachary Jernigan: Zachary Jernigan lives in Arizona, where the weather is awesome and the political decisions are horrifying.

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