The city of Canarn is burning. Its people huddle in the shadow of the
citadel, as the king’s armies sack this final stronghold between Ro
Tiris and the northern thains of Fjorlan.
With their father’s blood fresh upon the headsman’s sword, the last scions of the house of Canarn, twin siblings Lord Bromvy and Lady Bronwyn, are labelled Black Guard, shunned and hunted throughout the lands of Ro.
In the court of King Sebastian Tiris, men fear to speak their minds, for bloody accidents befall those who dare to question the king’s new advisors. They call them the Seven Sisters: each one a sorceress of the Karesian fire god; every one as beautiful, and as dangerous, as a flame.
And called from the long ages of deep time, the children of a dead god are waking with a single ultimatum.
ALL THAT WAS DEAD WILL RISE.
ALL THAT LIVES WILL FALL…
A. J. Smith has been writing stories set in the lands of The Long War since he was at university. Defining the world and adding detail became an excellent distraction from his degree (which was in psychology, philosophy and sociology) and has remained equally distracting ever since. Interestingly, the maps came first, and then the world and its characters began to take shape in the writing.
Since graduating, Tony has been working with troubled children in a high school in Luton and has had various articles related to counselling and youth work published. Fantasy fiction has always been his own version of therapy and a place where he can make up what happens next rather than waiting for the real world to decide.