Sorcery Rising: Of Fools Gold Bk.1

Sorcery Rising: Of Fools Gold Bk.1

Paperback Fool's Gold S.

By (author) Jude Fisher

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  • Publisher: EARTHLIGHT
  • Format: Paperback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 106mm x 178mm x 34mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 3 March 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0743440404
  • ISBN 13: 9780743440400
  • Sales rank: 352,710

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From the barren isles of the North come the Eyrans. Hardy seafaring folk. From the South come their old enemies, the Istrians. Slave-owners, who drove the Eyrans from their lands. And from all over Elda come the nomadic peoples - the Footloose - purveyors of charms and (until now) harmless potions. But whence comes the sorcery that disrupts the annual Allfair at which they all gather? Katla Aransen and her family have sailed to the fair to trade their goods. The Vingo clan have travelled from Istria to purchase a bride for their appalling eldest son. Tycho Issian has come to sell his daughter to the highest bidder. King Ravn Asharson, Stallion of the North, seeks a political alliance; while others seek his downfall. For centuries, Elda has been bereft of magic; but this year something has changed. A mysterious force is abroad once more, and it will change the world forever...

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Jude Fisher is a pseudonym for Jane Johnson, publishing director of HarperCollins' SF imprint, Voyager. She holds two literature degrees, specializing in Anglo Saxon and Old Icelandic texts, and is also a qualified lecturer. For the last twenty years, Jane has been the publisher of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, and is the author of the official Visual Companions to Peter Jackson's movie trilogy of THE LORD OF THE RINGS.

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"The characters are well drawn and complex, making it hard to tell who is the true hero and who is a vile villain."

Editorial reviews

This is fantasy of a rare breed, combining full-blooded narrative sprit with a genuinely poetic sensibility. The plotting is dense, but always clear. From the barren isles of the North come the Eyrans, hardy seafaring folk. From the South come their old enemies, the Istrians - slave-owners who drove the Eyrans from their lands. And from all over Elda come the nomadic peoples - the Footloose - purveyors of charms and (until now) harmless potions. But dark sorcery will disrupt the annual Allfair at which they all gather. Katla Aransen and her family have sailed to the fair to trade their goods. The Vingo clan have travelled from Istria to purchase a bride for their appalling eldest son. Tycho Issian has come to sell his daughter to the highest bidder. King Ravn Asharson, Stallion of the North, seeks a political alliance, while others seek his downfall. For centuries, Elda has been bereft of magic; but this year something has changed. A mysterious force is abroad once more, and it will change the world forever. Book One of Fool's Gold is a solid, powerfully written piece with a thorough command of the genre; unsurprising, given that Jude Fisher is a nom-de-plume for Jane Johnson, head honcho of SF imprint Voyager. And she's demonstrated here that her own writing talents are equal to those of anyone in her stable of authors. (Kirkus UK)