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From Fiona Patton, author of the Branion Realm saga (The Stone Prince, The Painter Knight, et al.), comes the first volume of an exciting fantasy series about a City of the Gods and the immortal patrons that protect it.
Anavatan is a sprawling, majestic city saturated with powerful magic. Located on the shores of Gol-Beyaz -- a silver lake whose wild energies gave birth to and sustain six beloved deities -- Anavatan is protected from invaders and rogue spirits by the God-Wall, an invisible boundary that surrounds the city and its outlying villages. But once a year, during the chaotic festivities of Havo's Dance, spirits from the wild lands try to breach the wall to feast on the life energies of the lake and the city's unsworn inhabitants. Usually the tens of thousands of warriors of Estavia -- the ebony-skinned Goddess of Battles -- dispatch the spirits in short order; but when a duo of unsworn street urchins are attacked by the unusually ravenous spirits and saved by Estavia herself, all the Oracles of the city know that world-altering events are afoot. As Brax and Spar come to grips with their new destinies, so too does another street orphan…. When Incasa, the God of Prophecy, rolls his dice, will it be Creation or Destruction? Or both?
Breakneck-paced, vividly described, and thoroughly captivating, The Silver Lake is easily Patton's best work to date. A masterwork of imagination, this is epic fantasy at its very best. Paul Goat Allen