The Forgetting Moon
Overview - A massive army on the brink of conquest looms large in a world where prophecies are lies, magic is believed in but never seen, and hope is where you least expect to find it. Welcome to the Five Isles, where war has come in the name of the invading army of Sor Sevier, a merciless host driven by the prophetic fervor of the Angel Prince, Aeros, toward the last unconquered kingdom of Gul Kana. Read more...
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A massive army on the brink of conquest looms large in a world where prophecies are lies, magic is believed in but never seen, and hope is where you least expect to find it.
Welcome to the Five Isles, where war has come in the name of the invading army of Sor Sevier, a merciless host driven by the prophetic fervor of the Angel Prince, Aeros, toward the last unconquered kingdom of Gul Kana. Yet Gault, one of the elite Knights Archaic of Sor Sevier, is growing disillusioned by the crusade he is at the vanguard of just as it embarks on his Lord Aeros' greatest triumph.
While the eldest son of the fallen king of Gul Kana now reigns in ever increasing paranoid isolationism, his two sisters seek their own paths. Jondralyn, the older sister, renowned for her beauty, only desires to prove her worth as a warrior, while Tala, the younger sister, has uncovered a secret that may not only destroy her family but the entire kingdom. Then there's Hawkwood, the assassin sent to kill Jondralyn who has instead fallen in love with her and trains her in his deadly art. All are led further into dangerous conspiracies within the court.
And hidden at the edge of Gul Kana is Nail, the orphan taken by the enigmatic Shawcroft to the remote whaling village of Gallows Haven, a young man who may hold the link to the salvation of the entire Five Isles.
You may think you know this story, but everyone is not who they seem, nor do they fit the roles you expect. Durfee has created an epic fantasy full of hope in a world based on lies.
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Durfee, an illustrator for Tolkien Enterprises and other large-scale SF and fantasy projects, opens his Five Warrior Angels series with this rousing quest in the elaborately constructed world of the Five Isles, where the evil Angel Prince Aeros of Ser Sevier is poised to invade the kingdom of Gul Kana, the last realm to oppose Aeros’s power. King Jovan, a religious fanatic, insists Gul Kana will endure, but his sisters Jondralyn, who’s battling injustice as a warrior, and Tala, who’s caught up in an eerie quest of her own to save her sick cousin, come to fiercely oppose Jovan. Meanwhile, Nail, a bastard raised in obscurity, treads a fearsome path of his own toward maturity. Durfee’s artist’s eye and fertile imagination populate this complex tale with fascinating beings such as the fey elf-like Valle, sinuous needle-toothed merpeople, valiant doomed townsfolk, and assorted oghuls (which are surely descended from Tolkien’s orcs). Lacking profound skill with language, Durfee relies too heavily on gory violence to maintain tension and momentum in a story laden by heavyweight commentary on the isolation of individuals adrift in a hostile world. Durfee’s central characters plunge through torturous trials with dogged determination, each one learning to respect and follow Durfee’s recurrent theme of “trust no one.” This depressing advice may not sustain many readers throughout this welter of betrayal and treason. Agent: Matt Bialer, Greenburger Associates. (Sept.)