Ice Forged by Gail Z. Martin
(The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga)

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Condemned as a murderer for killing the man who dishonored his sister, Blaine "Mick" McFadden has spent the last six years in Velant, a penal colony in the frigid northern wastelands. Harsh military discipline and the oppressive magic keep a fragile peace as colonists struggle against a hostile environment. But the supply ships from Dondareth have stopped coming, boding ill for the kingdom that banished the colonists.

Now, as the world's magic runs wild, McFadden and the people of Velant must fight to survive and decide their fate ...
From Gail Z. Martin, author of the beloved series THE CHRONICLES OF THE NECROMANCER and THE FALLEN KINGS CYCLE, comes a new fantasy adventure for the ages.
Welcome to the end of the world.Welcome to the beginning of THE ASCENDANT KINGDOMS SAGA.

About Gail Z. Martin

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Gail Z. Martin discovered her passion for SF, fantasy and ghost stories in elementary school. The first story she wrote - at age five - was about a vampire. Her favorite TV show as a preschooler was Dark Shadows. At age 14 she decided to become a writer. She enjoys attending SF/Fantasy conventions, Renaissance fairs and living history sites. She is married, and has three children, a Himalayan cat and a golden retriever.
Published January 8, 2013 by Orbit. 583 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Back in Donderath, meanwhile, young Connor serves as a go-between, reporting the news from King Merrill’s councils (neighboring Meroven has invaded, and the news is grim) to vampire Lord Penhallow.

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Ice Forged is the first book in a projected new series (very much the first book, which is to its detriment – things peter out toward the book’s end, only getting a much-needed plot-goosing in the last few pages), and readers can hope future volumes will shine more of a spotlight on secondary cha...

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With Ice Forged, Martin answers the question, “What happens to a society dependent on magic when the magic vanishes.” “Is it worse to be abandoned by the gods, or to think that there never were gods to begin with.” Blaine McFadden kills his father in a fit of righteous rage.

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For Blaine and his close friends, who have built a Spartan but sustainable life, the threat to the stability of their community and unfettering of the governing prison guards force them to make choices about how much they can endure and when to take a stand.

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