Author(s): Simon Morden
The kingdom of Carinthia is rich, powerful and undefeated. A thousand years ago, its ancestors were the spell-wielding northern tribes who crushed the Roman Empire. Their legendary hexmasters can destroy whole armies and turn battlefields into fiery lakes of lava. Magic is Carinthia's wealth, protection and way of life. But the age of magic is dying. Some would do anything to see it return: any act, no matter how terrible, is justified, so long as the hexmasters can still protect their homeland. The kingdom is poised between order and chaos - and the smallest spark is the difference between disaster and triumph. ARCANUM is powerful new epic fantasy from an award-winning author.
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Morden has a natural talent for a plot that keeps the reader guessing GUARDIAN Masterful ... An engrossing rollercoaster of a plot winds up with a solidly satisfying climax that leaves the reader craving more PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Morden, against a gritty, utterly convincing backdrop, anticipates every consequence and wrings out surprise after surprise ... An enthralling read for aficionados of intelligent, impeccably rendered fantasy KIRKUS REVIEWS
Dr Simon Morden is a bona fide rocket scientist, having degrees in geology and planetary geophysics, and is one of the few people who can truthfully claim to have held a chunk of Mars in his hands. Simon Morden lives in Gateshead with a fierce lawyer, two unruly children and a couple of miniature panthers.