ASH : A Secret History

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By (author) Mary Gentle

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For the beautiful young woman Ash, life has always been arquebuses and artillery, swords and armour and the true horrors of hand-to-hand combat. War is her job. She has fought her way to the command of a mercenary company, and on her unlikely shoulders lies the destiny of a Europe threatened by the depredations of an Infidel army more terrible than any nightmare.

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  • Paperback | 1120 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 60mm | 698.53g
  • 01 Feb 2001
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Gollancz
  • London
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1857987446
  • 9781857987447
  • 796,635

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SALES POINTS ASH marks the full-flowering of the talent of one of the world's most acclaimed writers of fantasy "The writing is as intricate as filigree but as tough as wrought-iron" The Times The largest single fantasy work ever - longer than The Lord of the Rings The authentic details of Bernard Cornwell, the magical storytelling of Terry Goodkind Lead title marketing campaign The hardback and trade paperback were bestsellers

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A swashbuckling tale of mercenary warfare in the High Middle Ages. Ash kills her first man at the age of eight and rises meteorically to command her own company against a Burgundy that is not quite the duchy we know. A 20th-century scholar transcribing her tale realizes gradually that evidence and history are crumbling under him and the voices in Ash's head that advise her on tactics are not those of saints. (Kirkus UK)

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