Farlander: A Heart of the World Novel

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Macmillan, Jan 18, 2011 - Fiction - 400 pages
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The Heart of the World is a land in strife. For fifty years the Holy Empire of Mann, an empire and religion born from a nihilistic urban cult, has been conquering nation after nation. Their leader, Holy Matriarch Sasheen, ruthlessly maintains control through her Diplomats, priests trained as subtle predators.

Ash is a member of an elite group of assassins, the Roshun, who offer protection through the threat of vendetta. Forced by his ailing health to take on an apprentice, he chooses Nico, a young man living in the besieged city of Bar-Khos. At the time, Nico is hungry, desperate, and alone in a city that finds itself teetering on the brink.

When the Holy Matriarch's son deliberately murders a woman under the protection of the Roshun; he forces the sect to seek his life in retribution. As Ash and his young apprentice set out to fulfill the Roshun orders, their journey takes them into the heart of the conflict between the Empire and the Free Ports...into bloodshed and death.



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User Review  - Grimshado - LibraryThing

Engaging Characters and a good story that kept me interested. Its 'sword and sworcery' meets 'steampunk' feel turns some typical fantasy tropes on their heads while still fully embracing others. While ... Read full review

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User Review  - Shimmin - LibraryThing

I was hoping this would be an enjoyable fantasy story, but I ended up abandoning it after a couple of chapters. Apparently Buchanan wanted grimdark for his fantasy, which is to say it's full of grim ... Read full review

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Contents

Big Boots
1
The Shield
16
Boon
29
Visitations
44
Flags of Conquest
56
In Flight
77
The Birds of War
95
Congress
104
The Sisters of Loss and Longing
211
The Diplomat
215
Impressions of Qos
239
Paradise City
248
Fishing With Pebbles
264
Ensnared
291
Waiting by Mokabi
303
Bravery of Fools
312

Cheem
112
Wilderness of Mind
122
A Desertion
133
The Cull
141
Vendetta
148
Serèse
162
Divine Assurances
173
Inshasha
184
Fishing
194
The War Below
205
A Killing
326
A Day for Rejoicing
336
Shay Madi
345
A Storm in the Mountains
354
Rites of Passage
363
Consequences
373
The Ministry
382
Farlander
386
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About the author (2011)

Col Buchanan lives in Lancaster, England. Farlander is his debut novel, and the first novel in the Heart of the World series.

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