, Michael Cobley's impressively unpleasant first fantasy novel, takes place after the worst has happened; the invading forces of the evil Lord of Twilight have burned the tree which gave the wizards of the Khatrimantine Empire access to the roots of magic, and shattered civilisation into anarchic fragments. Things are about to get worse--the five warrior-wizards who between them carry the parts of the Lord of Twilight have rediscovered who they are and are coordinating the mopping up of the last bits of opposition. Of course, things are never that simple: demonic generals with a nasty taste in mayhem cannot be relied upon to accept personal dissolution, for one thing, and fur-clad barbarian hordes tend to want to get something out of evil in the way of land and loot rather doing evil for its own sake. And new imperial heirs with magic powers will keep turning up...
If it were not for its unrelenting bleakness, Shadowkings would be a fairly standard story of apocalyptic evil and heroic good--Cobley has a sense, however, of how bad a battlefield or a ruined town smells, and his dark magic is appropriately sinister. --Roz Kaveney
About the Author
Michael Cobley has had short stories published in magazines and anthologies for a number of years. He attended Strathclyde University and lives in Glasgow. Following Shadowkings, Shadowgod is the second book in the 'Shadowkings' trilogy.
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