The Age of Heroes is over. The walls of Troy fell ten years ago, and the bright morning of civilization around the eastern Mediterranean is crumbling into a dark age of war and savagery – but for Barra the Pict, axe-wielding barbarian princess from the far-off land of Albion and her mercenary companions, war and savagery are business opportunities.
When she and her friends make landfall in Tyre, the jewel of Phoenikia, the city is already under attack by ahidden enemy armed both with bright bronze and with black sorcery. For Barra, that adds up to silver.
Light? Dark? Who cares? She's the girl with the axe.
Matthew Woodring Stover (born 1962) is an American fantasy novelist. Stover graduated in 1983 from Drake University and settled in Chicago. Stover is a student of the Degerberg Blend. This jeet kune do concept is a mixture of approximately twenty-five different fighting arts from around the world. This combat style influences the way Stover writes his fight scenes, for which he has won considerable acclaim. He lives in Chicago with artist and writer Robyn Fielder.
Stover is the acclaimed author of two fantasy novels, Iron Dawn and Jericho Moona, and two science-fiction and fantasy hybrid stories featuring a hero named Caine: Heroes Die and Blade of Tyshalle. Stover lists some of his prime influences as Roger Zelazny, ... (more)