Sacred Band of Stepsons: Beyond Series, Author's Cut Editions
Literary Fiction , Sci Fi & Fantasy
01 Nov 2016
Janet Ellen Morris (born May 25, 1946) is an American author of fiction and nonfiction, best known for her fantasy and science fiction and her authorship of a non-lethal weapons concept for the U.S. military.
THE SACRED BAND GOES NORTH – TO WAR!
Here is the newly revised Author’s Cut edition of BEYOND SANCTUARY, the first ever full-length novel to take you BEYOND the bestselling Thieves World™ fantasy universe, where gods still stalk the land, warring with demons and human sorcerers and trampling unfortunate humanity underfoot.
If you like stories of bold brave knights employed in meritorious duty, or tales of ladies delicate and fair, be warned: Beyond Sanctuary may be too realistic for your sensibilities. War is coming to Tyse, an occupied town at the foot of Wizardwall. And so is the Sacred Band, commanded by Tempus, who is called the favorite of the storm god, the Riddler, Tempus the Black, and worse by his enemies. Tempus longs to align his cavalry with the Nisibisi freemen on Wizardwall's slopes who are fighting to regain their homeland from the allied sorcerers of Black Nisibis and the evil Mygdonian empire, intent on conquering all who stand in their way.
BEYOND SANCTUARY, Tempus' Sacred Band of Stepsons will make a stand in Tyse, a war-torn town in the shadow of Wizardwall, teeming with refugees, insurgents, murderers, thieves, and wizards whose allegiance shifts with the wind. And abutting Tyse lies godless Peace Falls, where anything can happen, and often does. . .
To some, Tempus is a villain. To his Stepsons, he is a demigod whose fighters never lose their battles. Many call him a hero, albeit a hero with a terrible curse: any he loves will spurn him; any who love him soon die of it. His curse grants him immortality, the gift of healing, and great prowess on the battlefield, but denies him sleep and love -- a curse so dreadful that even the southern storm god he once served has turned against him. But god or no god, Tempus and his Sacred Band of Stepsons, with help from his sorcerer-slaying sister Cime and Jihan the Froth Daughter, will battle Datan, the archmage of Black Nisibis and the inhuman legions of Roxane, the ultimate witch called Death's Queen.
In BEYOND SANCTUARY, Tempus and his Sacred Band face the deadliest demons and most malevolent mages conceivable. In this war there is no such thing as honorable defeat, or even honorable death in a losing cause: The winners will eat your soul.
BEYOND SANCTUARY is the first novel in Janet Morris’ BEYOND Sanctuary Trilogy, followed by BEYOND THE VEIL and BEYOND WIZARDWALL.
Previously released in the 80’s this is a spin off of the ‘Thieve’s World’ collection. This “Author’s Cut” is a revised version of that older release.
What can I say? It is a great read! Good epic story, good story telling with interesting characters. Highly recommended!