The Horsemen's GambitBook - 2009/01/20
A follow-up to The Sorcerer's Plague finds opportunists from the once-peaceful Southlands endeavoring to conquer their magical Qirsi enemies, who have been weakened by a deadly plague. 12,500 first printing.
David B. Coe created a richly textured, unique world in his Winds of the Forelands, and topped himself with The Sorcerer's Plague, his first novel set in the Southlands of the same world. Divided by clan rivalries and ancient feuds, suspicious of magics wielded by longtime enemies, the folk of the South have lived in a state of truce for generations. But peace is shattered when a woman looses a deadly plague on the magical Qirsi people.
While some people seek to prevent the spread of the plague, others see in this disaster a unique opportunity. With the magical folk weakened by the decimation of the plague, their unmagical enemies might be able to defeat them and take back lands lost in an ancient war. Haunted by the specter of what would be a tragic and devastating new war, the Southlands are aflame with rumors of violence, pestilence, and treachery.
Coe weaves together engagingly complex characters, unique, unusual magic, political intrigue and a compelling, unpredictable story into a captivating epic that will enthrall fantasy readers. A potent brew conjured by a masterful storyteller.
In this exciting sequel to the epic fantasy The Sorcerers’ Plague, with the magical Qirsi people weakened by the decimation of the plague, their unmagical enemies see an opportunity to defeat them and take back lands lost in an ancient war.
Blackwell North Amer
Plague has swept the Southlands, afflicting town after town, causing the magically gifted Qirsi to lose control of their powers and die by the unleashed fire and other powers within them. As Grinsa jal Arriet scours the plains seeking a way to end the death and destruction, others see the plague as an opportunity ...
Word of the misfortune of the Qirsi has reached the city of Qalsyn. For Tirnya, an accomplished swordswoman and military leader, it is with a certain irony that she and her people hear of the grim fate meted out to their ancient enemies by the strange plague. One hundred years ago, the Qirsi fought them and succeeded in conquering Stelpana, their native land, forcing them to resettle in Qalsyn. Now, suddenly their longtime antagonists are suffering ... and vulnerable as never before.
Torn by divided loyalties and caught amid court politics that could destroy the life her people have built for themselves in their adopted land, Tirnya stands at a crossroads, poised to reclaim her birthright ... or face death at the hands of the ancient adversary.
With the magical Qirsi people weakened by the decimation of the plague, their unmagical enemies see an opportunity to defeat them and take back lands lost in an ancient war in this exciting sequel to the epic fantasy "The Sorcerers' Plague."