Farlander by Col Buchanan
(Heart of the World)

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The Heart of the World is a land in strife. For fifty years the Holy Empire of Mann, an empire and religion born from a nihilistic urban cult, has been conquering nation after nation. Their leader, Holy Matriarch Sasheen, ruthlessly maintains control through her Diplomats, priests trained as subtle predators.

Ash is a member of an elite group of assassins, the Roshun, who offer protection through the threat of vendetta. Forced by his ailing health to take on an apprentice, he chooses Nico, a young man living in the besieged city of Bar-Khos. At the time, Nico is hungry, desperate, and alone in a city that finds itself teetering on the brink.

When the Holy Matriarch’s son deliberately murders a woman under the protection of the Roshun; he forces the sect to seek his life in retribution. As Ash and his young apprentice set out to fulfill the Roshun orders, their journey takes them into the heart of the conflict between the Empire and the Free Ports…into bloodshed and death.

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Col Buchanan lives in Lancaster, England. Farlander is his debut novel, and the first novel in the Heart of the World series.
Published January 18, 2011 by Tor Books. 402 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meanwhile Sasheen, the Holy Matriarch, knows that Roshun will come to kill Kirkus, so she prepares a counterstrike against the Roshun monastery itself.

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(A lot of the problems in the book could’ve been solved by using airships, it seems to me, for one.) Pleasingly, the ending of the book was not what I was expecting, after all the predictability of the previous plot.

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Apr 07 2010 | Read Full Review of Farlander (Heart of the World)

Fantasy Literature

Don’t get me wrong, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with brevity in this age of endless fantasy tomes — after all many authors would probably have turned this story into an 800 page novel, and not necessarily for the better — but occasionally Farlander feels like it’s on fast-forward.

Feb 04 2011 | Read Full Review of Farlander (Heart of the World)


If Buchanan’s handling of detail grows to match his ability with character, he’s going to be really good.

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The first book of a fantasy series by a new author always fills us with a combination of intrigue, excitement and trepidation.

Aug 23 2010 | Read Full Review of Farlander (Heart of the World)

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It is not a book for the faint of heart: there are quite a few graphic torture scenes, and if you are easily triggered, this is certainly a book to avoid.

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