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The Leopard
by K. V. Johansen


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Ahjvar, the assassin known as the Leopard, wants only to die, to end the curse that binds him to a life of horror. Although he has no reason to trust the goddess Catairanach or her messenger Deyandara, fugitive heir to a murdered tribal queen, desperation leads him to accept her bargain: if he kills the mad prophet known as the Voice of Marakand, Catairanach will free him of his curse.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Ahjvar, the assassin known as the Leopard, wants only to die, to end the curse that binds him to a life of horror. Although he has no reason to trust the goddess Catairanach or her messenger Deyandara, fugitive heir to a murdered tribal queen, desperation leads him to accept her bargain: if he kills the mad prophet known as the Voice of Marakand, Catairanach will free him of his curse. Accompanying him on his mission is the one person he has let close to him in a lifetime of death, a runaway slave named Ghu. Ahj knows Ghu is far from the half-wit others think him, but in Marakand, the great city where the caravan roads of east and west meet, both will need to face the deepest secrets of their souls, if either is to survive the undying enemies who hunt them and find a way through the darkness that damns the Leopard.
To Marakand, too, come a Northron wanderer and her demon verrbjarn lover, carrying the obsidian sword Lakkariss, a weapon forged by the Old Great Gods to bring their justice to the seven devils who escaped the cold hells so long before.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781616149031
  • ISBN-10: 1616149035
  • Publisher: Pyr
  • Publish Date: June 2014
  • Page Count: 432
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds

Series: Marakand #1

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Books > Fiction > Fantasy - Epic
Books > Fiction > Literary

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-04-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

Marakand’s Red Masks are governed by the Voice of the Lady of Marakand, a dark figure whose true nature is a closely held secret. As the Red Masks invade their neighbors, those they cannot rule are killed out of hand, or worse, bound to the Lady’s service as terrible mockeries. Deyandara, bastard heir to a lost throne and would-be bard, barely survived a Red Mask massacre; she seeks out the cursed assassin Ahjvar, hoping he will turn his deadly skills against the entity behind the Red Masks. If he agrees, Deyandara’s goddess Catairanach promises Ahjvar the one treasure that can tempt him: his own death. Although clearly the first installment in an ongoing series, an introduction rather than a complete novel, the work highlights Johansen’s strengths. A surprising number of characters and plot threads are deftly interwoven and tucked into comparatively few pages. The world of mages, half-demons, devils, and false bards is also an intriguing mix of the familiar and the novel, and while the plot is mostly an appetizer, the taste is fine enough to whet the reader’s appetite for future courses. (June)

 
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