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- Publisher: Gollancz
- Format: Paperback | 576 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 232mm x 46mm | 840g
- Publication date: 15 May 2014
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0575092068
- ISBN 13: 9780575092068
- Sales rank: 233,053
Jacob Carnehan has settled down. He's living a comfortable, quiet life, obeying the law and minding his own business while raising his son Carter ...on those occasions when he isn't having to bail him out of one scrape or another. His days of adventure are - thankfully - long behind him. Carter Carnehan is going out of his mind with boredom. He's bored by his humdrum life, frustrated that his father won't live a little, and longs for the bright lights and excitement of anywhere-but-here. He's longing for an opportunity to escape, and test himself against whatever the world has to offer. Carter is going to get his opportunity. He's caught up in a village fight, kidnapped by slavers and, before he knows it, is swept to another land. A lowly slave, surrounded by technology he doesn't understand, his wish has come true: it's him vs. the world. He can try to escape, he can try to lead his fellow slaves, or he can accept the inevitable and try to make the most of the short, brutal existence remaining to him...unless Jacob gets to him first and, no matter the odds, he intends to. No one kidnaps his son and gets away with it - and if it come to it, he'll force Kings to help him on his way, he'll fight, steal, blackmail and betray his friends in the name of bringing Carter home. Wars will be started. Empires will fall. And the Carnehan family will be reunited, one way or another...
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Stephen Hunt is the author of the bestselling Jackelianseries, beginning with THE COURT OF THE AIR, and now THE FAR-CALLED series. Born in North America, he now divides his time between Somerset and Madrid, while running his genre-leading website: www.SFcrowsnest.org.uk. Follow @SFcrowsnest or @s_hunt_author for more information.
In Dark Service possesses much complexity in terms of its detailed and often riveting exploration of locales and the differing characters which call them home Film in Words the ultimate test of a fantasy book is whether you want to read further volumes, and here In Dark Service succeeds magnificently 4* SFX The first of a trilogy, it builds a strong foundation for a world that still has so much to explore, with strong and interesting characters that have firmly found their feet in a wonderfully told story Sci-Fi Now
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Never tell a Carnehan the odds. Jacob Carnehan has settled down. He's minding his own business while raising his son Carter . . . on those days when his son hasn't got into one scrape or another. His days of adventure are - thankfully - long behind him. Carter Carnehan is going out of his mind with boredom. He's bored by his humdrum life, and longs for an opportunity to escape. To test himself against whatever the world has to offer. And the world has plans for them both Carter's moment will come: kidnapped by slavers and swept away to another land he has all the adventure he ever wanted - and no choices. A short, brutal existence and a harsh death await him . . . Jacob's past has caught up with him. No one kidnaps his son and gets away with it, and Jacob will tear the world down to reclaim his son. He was a law-abiding man - now he's the one making, and breaking, the rules. Never turn your back on a Carnehan . . .