The Bastard King (Scepter of Mercy, Book 1)

The Bastard King (Scepter of Mercy, Book 1)

Harry Turtledove

competitors needs to unite to avoid a disgraced malevolent god from reaching a relic of remarkable strength within the first publication of trade background grasp Harry Turtledove's extraordinary delusion trilogy.

More than 4 centuries in the past, the Scepter of Mercy used to be misplaced to the king of Avornis, and every next liege has promised—and failed—to go back the robust talisman to its rightful domestic. Now, younger Lanius, the one surviving son of King Mergus, ideas, notwithstanding he's thought of illegitimate and needs to abide via the selections of regents. nonetheless, the legacy of the lacking scepter finally belongs to him. however it is usually coveted by way of the Banished One, an immortal exiled by way of the opposite gods, who invades the area of guys via their goals. Lanius, with out expertise or middle for conflict, needs to retain these within the sway of the malevolent deity from Avornis's borders. To this finish, Lanius calls for the aid of Grus, a fearless and revered captain of the king's military. yet Grus has a miles loftier future than his universal start may suggest—and the bastard king's courageous, complete best friend may possibly good develop into his most deadly adversary.

Originally released less than the pen identify Dan Chernenko, The Bastard King is an impressive foray into epic fable through the incomparable Harry Turtledove, the prolific and multi-award-winning grasp of trade historical past technology fiction. A story of braveness and future, it truly is alive with motion, mind's eye, and humanity, and populated by way of richly complicated, imperfect heroes and a villain as actually fiendish as any that has ever graced the myth style.

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