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THE PATHS OF THE DEAD

Brust, Steven.

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ISBN 10: 0312864787 / ISBN 13: 9780312864781
Published by Tor., NY:, 2002
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Title: THE PATHS OF THE DEAD

Publisher: Tor., NY:

Publication Date: 2002

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st edition

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The long-awaited sequel to The Phoenix Guards and Five Hundred Years After

Two hundred years after Adron’s Disaster, in which Dragaera City was accidentally reduced to an ocean of chaos by an experiment in wizardry gone wrong, the Empire isn’t what it used to be. Deprived at a single blow of their Emperor, of the Orb that is the focus of the Empire’s power, of their capital city with its Impe-rial bureaucracy, and of a great many of their late fellow citizens, the surviving Dragaerans have been limping through a long Interregnum, bereft even of the simple magic and sorcery they were accustomed to use in everyday life.

Now the descendants and successors of the great ad-venturers Khaavren, Pel, Aerich, and Tazendra are growing up in this seemingly diminished world, con-vinced, like their elders, that the age of adventures is over and nothing interesting will ever happen to them. They are, of course, wrong . . . .

For even deprived of magic, Dragaerans fight, plot, and conspire as they breathe, and so do their still-powerful gods. The enemies of the Empire prowl at its edges, in-scrutable doings are up at Dzur Mountain...and, unex-pectedly, a surviving Phoenix Heir, young Zerika, is discovered—setting off a chain of swashbuckling events that will remake the world yet again.

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“Steven Brust Might Just Be America’s Best Fantasy Writer!” —Tad Williams

Praise for Steven Brust

“Splendid!” —Kirkus Reviews on Dragon

“As always, Brust invests Vlad with the panache of a Dumas musketeer and the collo-quial voice of one of Zelazny’s Amber heroes. This is a rousing adventure with enough humor, action, and sneaky plot twists to please newcomers as well as longtime series fans.”—Publishers Weekly on Issola

“Brust is an indubitable master of swashbuckling high fantasy, and this book is an un-doubted treat.” —Booklist on Five Hundred Years After

“Filled with high adventure, intrigues, a great deal of good humor and moments of genuine hilarity, this is easily Brust’s most mature and entertaining work to date. It’s rare for a book over hundred pages to seem as short as this one. It’s even rarer to find one that seems likely to satisfy such a broad range of reader expectations, humor, adventure, in-trigue, and wit all in the same package.”—Science Fiction Chronicle on Five Hundred Years After

“Powerful and impressive.” —Locus on Five Hundred Years After

“Brust isn’t afraid to break the boundaries of contemporary commercial fantasy.” —Newsday

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