Servant of a Dark God

Servant of a Dark God

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The stunning epic fantasy debut!
Young Talen lives in a world where the days of a person's life can be harvested, bought, and stolen. Only the great Divines, who rule every land, and the human soul-eaters, dark ones who steal days from man and beast, know the secrets of this power.
Now a being of awesome power, whose Mothers once ranched human subjects like cattle, feeding on their souls, has arisen in secret. And her monstrous, murderous pawn, a soul-bound creature created of wood and grass and rock roams the land. A massive and mis-directed hunt for soul-eaters is launched and Talen finds himself a target. Trapped in a web of lies and secrets, Talen must identify his true enemy before the new Mother takes back what is rightfully hers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 607 pages
  • 111.76 x 172.72 x 33.02mm | 204.12g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Maps
  • 0765362309
  • 9780765362308
  • 1,165,656

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Praise for "Servant of a Dark God""A great setting, a smart story."
--Brandon Sanderson, author of "Warbreaker
""In his debut novel, "Servant of a Dark God," John Brown adds his voice to epic fantasy with a world I can see and smell and taste and believe in . . . and characters I can cheer for, travel with and want to see again."
--Ken Scholes, author of "Lamentation"
"A complex, powerful story."
--David Drake
"[An] engrossing debut. . . . breakneck-paced and action-packed. Patient readers will be rewarded with a thoroughly enjoyable fantasy adventure."
"--Publishers Weekly
""A classic heroic saga, dealing with the bedrock issues of good and evil and identity. These are classic themes because they matter; and Brown makes them matter both to his young protagonist and the reader. It promises to continue for quite a distance, and I hope it does."
--Kage Baker
"Brown's first novel, the opener in a new fantasy series, creates an elaborate new world with a rich and deep spiritual and political background. . . . Reminiscent of L.E. Modesitt Jr.'s 'Recluce' novels and David Drake's 'Lord of the Isles' series and David Farland's 'Runelords' books, this well-wrought tale of families in conflict against both politics and religion represents a welcome addition to large-scale fantasy."
--"Library Journal" (starred review)
"Akin to Steven Erickson's Malazan Book of the Fallen, or R. Scott Bakker's The Prince of Nothing. . . . There is the sense, right from the start, that Servant of a Dark God is a tale being told by a first-rate story-teller. It may be his first novel, but ... John Brown knows how to grab a reader's attention and hold it all the way through the book. That's a talent that works well in any genre, and bodes especially well for the next two volumes in what promises to be an engrossing fantasy trilogy."
"--New York Review of Science Fiction
""A complex and intricate world, filled with
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572 ratings
3.55 out of 5 stars
5 19% (109)
4 35% (203)
3 32% (184)
2 9% (51)
1 4% (25)
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