Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.46 × 6.48 × 1.19 in
Published: December 19, 2013
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0765327546
ISBN - 13: 9780765327543
About the Book
The empires along the Celadon Highway, from Messaline to Song, are plunged into war in this first book of The Endless Sky trilogy.
Read from the Book
1 Ragged vultures spiraled up a cherry sky. Their sooty wings so thick against the sunset could have been the column of ash from a volcano, the pall of smoke from a tremendous fire. Except the fire was a day’s hard ride east—away over the flats of the steppe, a broad smudge fading into blue twilight as the sun descended in the west. Beyond the horizon, a city lay burning. Having once turned his back on smoke and sunset alike, Temur kept walking. Or lurching. His bowlegged gait bore witness to more hours of his life spent astride than afoot, but no lean, long-necked pony bore him now. His good dun mare, with her coat that gleamed like gold-backed mirrors in the sun, had been cut from under him. The steppe was scattered in all directions with the corpses of others, duns and bays and blacks and grays. He had not found a living horse that he could catch or convince to carry him. He walked because he could not bear to fall. Not here, not on this red earth. Not here among so many he had fought with and fought against—clansmen, tribesmen, hereditary enemies. He had delighted in this. He had thought it glorious. There was no glory in it when the men you killed were the husbands of your sisters, the sons of your uncles. There was nothing to be won when you fought against those with whom you should have shared a shield and a fireside. He could not find the fire of battle fever within himself. The ember had burned to a husk, and Temur was cold, and weary,
From the Publisher
Temur, grandson of the Great Khan, is walking away from a
battlefield where he was left for dead. All around lie the
fallen armies of his cousin and his brother, who made war to rule
the Khaganate. Temur is now the legitimate heir by blood to
his grandfather's throne, but he is not the strongest. Going into
exile is the only way to survive his ruthless cousin.
Once-Princess Samarkar is climbing the thousand steps of the
Citadel of the Wizards of Tsarepheth. She was heir to the
Rasan Empire until her father got a son on a new wife. Then
she was sent to be the wife of a Prince in Song, but that marriage
ended in battle and blood. Now she has renounced her worldly
power to seek the magical power of the wizards. These two will
come together to stand against the hidden cult that has so
carefully brought all the empires of the Celadon Highway to strife
and civil war through guile and deceit and sorcerous power.
About the Author
ELIZABETH BEAR was born on the same day as Frodo and Bilbo
Baggins, but in a different year. She was the recipient of the John
W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2005. She has won two Hugo
Awards for her short fiction, and her "Hammered" trilogy is a
Locus Award winner.
"Bear''s ability to create breathtaking variations on ancient
themes and make them new and brilliant is, perhaps, unparalleled in
-Library Journal, starred review, on All the
"You should read this book; you should read it because the
entire thing-from beginning to end-pushes sense-of-wonder buttons
so hard you almost want to hit the pause button, forget about the
plot, and look. Bear holds nothing back, and everything
that she pulls into her story just gleams with that special wonder
of discovery. I could not put this down."
-The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction on All
the Windwracked Stars
"Numerous fantasy authors adopt the tropes of Norse mythology,
but Bear actively pursues them, channeling those myths directly
rather than overlaying them on more familiar ones. The result
demands much from readers, but repays it in vivid, sensual imagery
of a wholly different world."
-Publishers Weekly on By the Mountain Bound