THE DREAD – Dark magics, swordmanship and sorcery Anna Jackson February 3, 2012

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The Dread, Gail Z Martin's second fantasy title in the Fallen Kings cycle, is set in the same world as the Summoner seriesOut now is Terror (USA | UK | ANZ), the second and final part of Gail Z. Martin’s Fallen Kings Cycle. This fascinating epic fantasy series began with Swear (US | UK | ANZ) and is set in the same world as his much-loved Chronicles of the Necromancer series, and I’m very happy to say that it turned out to be a wonderful finale to the whole story arc . If you haven’t tried any of Gail’s books yet – don’t worry, you can jump straight to Swear without having read any of the Necromancer series. And here’s why it’s worth a try:

Gail is a master at weaving a world in intricate and dramatic ways – and you simply can’t resist being in awe of the strong sense of atmosphere she creates. . . In the dark, medieval-Gothic world of the Fallen Kings Cycle, necromancers wield deadly magical powers, ghosts toy with the living, and vampires, werewolves, and demons roam the land. Check out some of the fantastic reviews this series has received so far:

‘Top notch, captivating fantasy’ SFRevu.com

“Those who love the large-scale fantasy of George RR Martin and Robert Jordan should enjoy it” library newspaper

“I found myself caught up in the story and the characters almost from the first page… very enjoyable” Bookgeeks.co.uk

‘Very well written and intricately intrigued. . . I can’t wait for the second book in the cycle, The Dread’ Civilian Reader

You can also read a sample snippet here.

Summoning King Tris Drayke leads what is left of Margolan’s army north to fight a war that Margolan is ill-prepared for, as spy reports confirm Tris’ worst fear. A new threat arises from across the sea: a dark summoner intent on making the most of the weakness of the Winter Kingdoms.

And in Isencroft, King Donelan is assassinated and Tris’ wife, Kiara, will have no choice but to return to claim the crown. But the agents of the rogue mage will do anything to prevent him from achieving his goal.

Kiara and Tris must uncover the truth behind the Dark Summoner, the mysterious power surrounding their infant son, and confront the awesome power of Dread as they emerge from their burial mounds for the first time in over a millennium. .

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