Ny fantasybog: “Farlander” af Col Buchanan

Farlander af Col Buchanan. Nye gode fantasy bøger?

For nylig var jeg på Malta med mit arbejde. Tre dage med sol og vin – og et enkelt smut i byen efter souvenirs. Jeg fandt bl.a. en fantastisk kaffekop med ‘space invaders’ motiv. Når man hælder varmt i koppen, toner de kære space invaders frem. Umanerligt charmerende kaffecontainer hvis man spørger mig (se billede nedenfor) :D

Nå, men til sagen. Til min overraskelse fandt jeg pludselig mig selv stående i en boghandel – det plejer ellers aldrig at ske ;)

Og lo and behold. Hvad skuede mine øjne? En fantasybog såmænd. Og ovenikøbet en, jeg ikke kendte. Jeg lod derfor bogen stå på hylden og skyndte mig ind på Play.com for at købe den. Det var nemlig billigere (stakkels boghandlere) …

Omtalte fantasy bog bærer titlen Farlander og er skrevet af Col Buchanan. Endnu har jeg ikke fået læst Farlander (anmeldelse kommer, når det er sket), men at dømme efter beskrivelsen på flappen, lyder Col Buchanan som en ganske lovende fantasy forfatter. Døm selv:

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.

The Mercian Free Ports are the only confederacy yet to fall. Their only land link to the southern continent, a long and narrow isthmus, is protected by the city of Bar-Khos. For ten years now, the great southern walls of Bar-Khos have been besieged by the Imperial Fourth Army.

Ash is a member of an elite group of assassins, the Rōshun – 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 Rōshun; he forces the sect to seek his life in retribution. As Ash and his young apprentice set out to fulfil the Rōshun orders – their journey takes them into the heart of the conflict between the Empire and the Free Ports . . . into bloodshed and death.

Her er i øvrigt det lovede billede af min nye yndlingskaffekop med space invaders på :D

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