Two worlds. Two different lives. Divided by hate and violence, and thrown together by chance. A crash-landing forces Chamus and Riadni, children from opposite sides of a bitter civil war, together: they find themselves on the run, hunted by killers. Danger and death are closing in from all sides ...
Two worlds. Two different lives. Divided by hate and violence. Thrown together by chance.
Chamus's nightmare begins when he survives a massacre. Suicide-bombers from neighbouring Bartokhrin are terrorising his country, Altima. How do you fight someone who isn't afraid of death?
Across the border, Riadni is no ordinary Bartokhrin girl; she dresses like a boy, fights like a boy, spits and rides her horse like a boy. When the Hadram Cassal set up camp on her father's land, she is drawn to these rebels who are prepared to fight -- and to die -- for their homeland.
A crash-landing in Bartokhrin territory forces Chamus and Riadni together and they find themselves on the run, hunted by killers. Danger and death are closing in on them from all sides.
'Completely fantastical yet totally relevant'
'A pacy, action-filled plot with very real characters facing gripping dilemmas'
'Original, intelligent fantasy with plenty of contemporary relevance.'
'McGann has created a clever, sharply constructed novel with credible characters and dialogue and tension-filled action. An excellent read.'
'... Literary excellence'
'This excellent novel is a fantasy, yet every word of it has direct and understated relevance for our own political world ... The novel is chiefly a fast-paced, tense and highly convincing thriller. But McGann's impeccably fair-minded and intelligent hints at parallels with Israel and Palestine, or America and the Middle East, or the secular west and Islam, are impossible to miss, and his even-handed narrative is all the more effective in consequence. Exciting as fantasy adventure, thoughtful in present-day relevance, the book is a fine achievement and is strongly recommended.'
'An exciting and well plotted debut novel'
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