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Blackwing (#1 Raven's Mark)

Ed McDonald



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25 July 2017
Fantasy; Epic Fantasy; Magic; Questing & Adventure; Sword & Sorcery; Mythological Creatures, People & Places; Ghosts Fantasy
GALAXY BOOKSELLER PICK —— This got a VERY rare 5/5 STAR review from me on Goodreads. Utterly compelling and utterly satisfying from start to finish. I can’t fault it – it achieves everything I expected –and it kind of does it so casually – it’s almost annoying.  It’s a definite from fans of Grim Dark. Craig Slater


The republic faces annihilation, despite the vigilance of Galharrow's Blackwings. When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message, Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must investigate a long dead sorcerer's legacy. But there is a conspiracy within the citadel: traitors, flesh-eaters and the ghosts of the wastelands seek to destroy them, but if they cannot solve the ancient wizard's paradox, the Deep Kings will walk the earth again, and all will be lost.

The war with the Eastern Empire ended in stalemate some eighty years ago, thanks to Nall's 'Engine', a wizard-crafted weapon so powerful even the Deep Kings feared it. The strike of the Engine created the Misery - a wasteland full of ghosts and corrupted magic that now forms a No Mans Land along the frontier. But when Galharrow investigates a frontier fortress, he discovers complacency bordering on treason: then the walls are stormed, and the Engine fails to launch. Galharrow only escapes because of the preternatural magical power of the noblewoman he was supposed to be protecting. Together, they race to the capital to unmask the traitors and restore the republic's defences. Far across the Misery a vast army is on the move, as the Empire prepares to call the republic's bluff.

Blackwing is a gritty epic fantasy for fans of Mark Lawrence, Scott Lynch and Daniel Polansky.
By:   Ed McDonald
Imprint:   Gollancz
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   Book One
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   490g
ISBN:   9781473222021
ISBN 10:   1473222028
Series:   Ravens Mark
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   25 July 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ed McDonald has spent many years dancing between different professions, cities and countries, but the only thing any of them share in common is that they have allowed him enough free time to write. He currently lives with his wife in London, a city that provides him with constant inspiration, where he works as a university lecturer. When he's not grading essays or wrangling with misbehaving plot lines he can usually be found fencing with longswords, rapiers and pollaxes.

Reviews for Blackwing (#1 Raven's Mark)

Guaranteed already, this will be one of the best books I will read this year. FANTASY BOOK REVIEW

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