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Breckenridge Public Library SF EVA (Text) 33500013712179 New Available -
Fosston Public Library SF EVA (Text) 33500013712187 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780316440875
  • ISBN: 0316440876
  • Physical Description: xvi, 411 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, 2022.

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"Twenty-seven years ago, a Duke with a grudge led a ruthless coup against the empire of Semilla, killing thousands. He failed. The Duke was executed, a terrifyingly powerful sorcerer was imprisoned, and an unwilling princess disappeared. The empire moved on. Now, when Quill, an apprentice scribe, arrives in the capital city, he believes he's on a simple errand for another pompous noble: fetch ancient artifacts from the magical Imperial Archives. He's always found his apprenticeship to a lawman to be dull work. But these aren't just any artifacts - these are the instruments of revolution, the banners under which the Duke lead his coup. Just as the artifacts are unearthed, the city is shaken by a brutal murder that seems to have been caused by a weapon not seen since the days of rebellion. With Quill being the main witness to the murder, and no one in power believing his story, he must join the Archivists--a young mage, a seasoned archivist, and a disillusioned detective - to solve the truth of the attack. And what they uncover will be the key to saving the empire--or destroying it again"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 October #1
    Evans presents a strong start to the Books of the Usurper series. Primate Lamberto and other guests are attacked at their host's home, and the host is murdered. Quill, an apprentice scribe immediately afterwards, just in time to see his closest friend, Karimo, commit suicide. While the evidence pointing to Karimo's guilt seems fairly conclusive, Quill's unwavering loyalty to his friend and the suspiciously identical testimony from the witnesses lead Quill and Vigilant Richa Langyun into a dangerous investigation linked to secrets from a failed coup two decades earlier. Their research overlaps with Quill's initial assignment to retrieve ancient artifacts related to the coup from the magical Imperial Archives, pulling archivists and mages into the investigation even as several mages deal with their magic seasonally spiraling out of control. From the rich world building as these remnants of humanity hide from changelings behind a Salt Wall, to the interesting culture, a unique magic system, and a variety of humanoids, readers will be delighted that nothing is predictable in this intriguing story. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 October #1
    Evans presents a strong start to the Books of the Usurper series. Primate Lamberto and other guests are attacked at their host's home, and the host is murdered. Quill, an apprentice scribe immediately afterwards, just in time to see his closest friend, Karimo, commit suicide. While the evidence pointing to Karimo's guilt seems fairly conclusive, Quill's unwavering loyalty to his friend and the suspiciously identical testimony from the witnesses lead Quill and Vigilant Richa Langyun into a dangerous investigation linked to secrets from a failed coup two decades earlier. Their research overlaps with Quill's initial assignment to retrieve ancient artifacts related to the coup from the magical Imperial Archives, pulling archivists and mages into the investigation even as several mages deal with their magic seasonally spiraling out of control. From the rich world building as these remnants of humanity hide from changelings behind a Salt Wall, to the interesting culture, a unique magic system, and a variety of humanoids, readers will be delighted that nothing is predictable in this intriguing story. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Erin M. Evans is the author of seven Forgotten Realms novels for Wizards of the Coast, including the 2011 Scribe Award winner Brimstone Angels. In addition, she is the former editor of the Eberron novel line and has written fiction for the RPGs Shadow of the Demon LordMonarchies of Mau, and Aetaltis, as well as dialogue for the MMO TERA. Erin graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in anthropology and currently lives in the Seattle area with her husband and sons.

Subject: Magic > Fiction.
Archivists > Fiction.
Murder > Fiction.
Imaginary wars and battles > Fiction.
Genre: Fictional Work
Fantasy fiction.
Novels.
Fantasy fiction.
Novels.

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