Darkwitch Rising

Darkwitch Rising

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Britain. An ancient land. Most think they know its history. But few suspect and fewer still know the truth. For back in the mists of time came Brutus, last of the Trojan kings, who was armed with the knowledge, 9f how to construct a magical Labyrinth that could rival the might of the gods. He was drawn to this place by the alluring sorceress Genvissa and together they almost succeeded in creating the Labyrinth. They were thwarted by Brutus's wife Cornelia, who understood the danger to the land. Her actions trapped them all in a cycle of death and rebirth that will not end until the magic of the Labyrinth is completed. Ages pass. Time and again the players have come close to victory but each time there is a new wrinkle to stay the fulfilment of power. The Now that these soul travellers arrive in is a most unique one. The English are at war, not with a foreign power but amongst themselves; a mighty Civil War that threatens to destroy a nation. A great pestilence is upon the land and the newly restored Charles II sits upon the throne trying to hold chaos at bay...He is one of the major players in this drama.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 608 pages
  • 156 x 235 x 25.4mm | 907.18g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765305429
  • 9780765305428

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"Combining history, myth and fantasy, Sara Douglass introduces her new Troy Game series with the first book Hades' Daughter...Ms. Douglass recreates the Aegean world and a Pre-Celtic England in a sweeping epic that grabs your attention at the first page."-Romantic Times Book Club (4 1/2 stars) on "Hades' Daughter" "A powerful but despairing struggle, doom on a grand scale, with mostly unlikeable characters doing despicable deeds, but Douglass creates a memorable maze of events that somehow simultaneously repels and fascinates."-Locus on" Hades' Daughter" "A soap opera for the ancient world."-Kirkus Reviews on "Hades' Daughter" "There is sex and violence aplenty...the taste for this mythic fantasy saga must be acquired, but acquirers will relish it keenly."-Booklist on H"ades' Daughter " "An ambitious fantasy series."-Publisher's Weekly on "God's Concubine" "A rich and complex novel full of rich and complex characters."-SF Chronicle on "God's Concubine"
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About Sara Douglass

Sara Douglass was born in Penola, a small farming settlement in the south of Australia, in 1957. She spent her early years chasing (and being chased by) sheep and collecting snakes before her parents transported her to the city of Adelaideand the more genteel surroundings of Methodist Ladies College. Having graduated, Sara then became a nurse on her parents' urging (it was both feminine and genteel) and spent seventeen years planning and then effecting her escape. That escape came in the form of a Ph.D. in early modern English history. Sara and nursing finally parted company after a lengthy time of bare tolerance, and she took up a position as senior lecturer in medieval European history at the Bendigo campus of the Victorian University of La Trobe. Finding the departmental politics of academic life as intolerable as the emotional rigours of nursing, Sara needed to find another escape. This took the form of one of Sara's childhood loves - books and writing. Spending some years practising writing novels, HarperCollins Australia picked up one of Sara's novels, "BattleAxe" (published in North America as "The Wayfarer Redemption"), the first in the Tencendor series, and chose it as the lead book in their new fantasy line with immediate success. Since 1995 Sara has become Australia's leading fantasy author and one of its top novelists. Her books are now sold around the world.
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2,324 ratings
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4 34% (789)
3 21% (491)
2 4% (103)
1 1% (26)
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