Abengoni: First Calling

Abengoni: First Calling

by Charles Saunders

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Matile Mala, once the most powerful empire in the black continent of Abengoni, is slipping slowly into decadence, and becoming more and more vulnerable to aggression from the nations and tribes it once dominated. In the capital, Khambawe, ancient rituals endure, dominated by dreams and delusions. As Tiyana, who is both priestess and princess, conducts one such ceremony, known as First Calling, the rite is disrupted by the arrival of a half-wrecked ship from Fiadol, a far-distant land across the sea that is almost forgotten by the Matile. Led by a Seer called Kyroun, the pale-skinned people on the ship seek refuge among the Matile.

But the Matile themselves are in need of aid, as they soon come under attack from their ancient enemies, the Uloans, who have flourished while the Matile waned. Along with her father � the High Priest Gebrem �Tiyana marshals the waning forces of Matile magic in conjunction with the powerful new sorcery wielded by Kyroun and his followers in an effort to forestall the threat of imminent annihilation.

As the Matile and Uloans clash, other foes of the fading empire wait on the sidelines, like vultures circling a battlefield. The newcomers from Fiadol hold the balance of destruction � and Tiyana must anticipate which way the scale will tip �

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150586048
Publisher: MVmedia, LLC
Publication date: 11/11/2014
Series: Abengoni , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 491 KB

About the Author

Charles R. Saunders is the progenitor of Sword and Soul, having had his first Imaro story published in a small-press magazine in 1974. Novels in the subsequent Imaro series include Imaro; Imaro: The Quest for Cush; Imaro: The Trail of Bohu; Imaro: The Naama War; and the forthcoming Imaro: Vengeance in Velanga. Other Sword and Soul novels include Dossouye and Dossouye II: The Dancers of Mulukau. Another novel, Damballa, is a pulp-style adventure set in the 1930s, which in 2012 won the Pulp Factory Award for Best Novel of 2011. He is co-editor, with Milton J. Davis, of the Griots anthologies. His work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. He lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. His website is: www.charlessaunderswriter.com.

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