Mass Market Paperbound
June 1, 1998
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0886777801
ISBN - 13: 9780886777807
From the Publisher
Galactic Spectrum Award nomination • Locus Recommended Reading List • Epic fantasy series with character-driven intrigue and spectacular magic
Simon, the court painter of Branion, was the closest friend of the kingdom’s ruler, Marsellus. Even though Marsellus was the vessel of the Flame and Simon was a follower of the opposing Essusiate religion, Simon was still Marselllus’ staunchest ally and defender—instead of Marsellus’ own priests and guards.
Yet not even Simon could protect Marsellus from unexpected treachery within the court. After an assassin ends Marsellus’ reign, it was Simon who became the champion and rescue of the new royal leader, Marsellus’ five-year-old daughter Kassandra.
With civil and religious war threatening the suddenly leaderless realm, Simon has no choice but to flee the country with Kassandra. Pursued by the very forces which should have been the new ruler’s protectors, Simon and a most-unlikely band of companions have to keep both the child and her inherited powers hidden—until they can reach the one person who could offer Kassandra sanctuary and a chance, however desperate, of regaining her kingdom.
About the Author
Fiona Patton lives on seventy-five acres of rural Ontario scrubland with her partner Tanya Huff, six cats, and one tiny little dog. She has written more than twenty short stories ranging from heroic fantasy to horror to science fiction, as well as fantasy novels The Stone Prince, The Painter Knight, The Granite Shield, and The Golden Sword.
From Our Editors
Two hundred years before the events of "The Stone Prince", Branion is besieged by a civil war, and only Simon, Court Painter and closest friend of the kingdom's ruler, can find the courage to rescue a young child--the heir to the Flame--from becoming a victim in the family power struggle. Original
Praise for Branion series: “I was hooked from the first chapter.” —Mercedes Lackey“Patton weaves a brilliant tapestry of loves, lusts, and loyalties.... Her characters are subtle, complex, and extremely believable.... One of the best fantasies I have read in a very long time.” —Dave Duncan, award-winning author of the Seventh Sword series “Takes a complex plot with tangled threads of magic and politics and deftly weaves it into a thrilling fantasy that is hard to put down.” —RT Reviews “Moves quickly through charming scenes.... A nice touch is the gender blending in traditional roles.... Despite a large cast of characters, they are all well developed, believable, and in most cases, extremely likeable.” —Kliatt “An epic tale of intrigue and battles, or betrayals and romances, of misunderstandings and magic.... Refreshingly avoids the common tropes or themes in much contemporary gay fiction.” —Lambda Book Report “A complex conflict full of intrigue and rousing adventures...in an increasingly engaging series about a (literally) hot-headed family and the nation they rule, in a fascinatingly distorted, yet tantalizingly familiar, alternate history.” —Locus “Although supernatural forces both benign and inimical abound in this tale, The Stone Prince is not about a cosmic, predestined struggled between the forces of good and evil.... The vast sweep of the novel fits well with the deeply personal perspective used in the telling.... Patton writes with clarity and convict