A Magic of Twilight by S. L. Farrell
Book One of the Nessantico Cycle

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The breathtaking first novel in a brilliant new fantasy series

A masterwork of fantasy, The Nessantico Cycle is the epic tale of an empire at its height, yet poised on the brink of what could be a devastating descent into ruin. Told from the viewpoints of numerous characters, it is a sweeping saga of murder and magic (portrayed both as a powerful religion and a forbidden art), of deception and betrayal, of Machiavellian politics, star-crossed lovers, and a realm facing war on every front.


About S. L. Farrell

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S. L. Farrell is the pseudonym for a veteran author of eighteen science fiction and fantasy novels. Hailed as a master of Celtic fantasy for his "Cloudmages" series, he now presents a magnificent new universe.
Published February 5, 2008 by DAW. 572 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Archigos Dhosti ca’Millac, leader of the Concénzia Faith and Marguerite’s staunch ally, struggles to control fundamentalists like Orlandi ca’Cellibrecca as they clamor for action against the Numetodo heretics, who claim the magic talent called Cenzi’s Gift has nothing to do with religious faith.

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This took me a little time to get my head round, though they do follow a system devised around a clearly well thought out hierarchical system (which is explained in the twenty or so pages of the Appendix at the back of the book.) In summary, if you can get round the complexities of the society ...

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Take the political intrigue of various factions of church, state, subjugated peoples of an empire, and religious heretics in a Renaissance setting and combine with magic and a well-realized fantasy setting and the result is A Magic of Twilight by S.L.

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But this is a Nessantico 25 years after the events of Twilight, a shaky Nessantico and its powers-that-be set to tumble down the slippery slope that has been steadily growing steeper in the last few years.

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