Lord of Snow and Shadows by Sarah Ash
(Tears of Artamon)

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Combining the best of fantasy traditions with her own unique vision, Sarah Ash brings to dazzling life a new saga filled with epic adventure and unforgettable characters. Far-reaching in scope and imagination, Lord of Snow and Shadows embarks on a journey like no other--into a shape-shifting world teeming with political intrigue, astonishing magic, and passions both dark and light.

Raised by his protective mother in the sunny clime of the south, Gavril Andar knows nothing of his father--or the ominous legacy that awaits him. But his innocence is about to be shattered. The man who ruled the wintry kingdom of Azhkendir, a man infused with the burning blood of the dragon-warrior known as Drakhaoul, has been murdered by his enemies. It is his fiery, chameleonlike blood that pulses through Gavril’s veins. The news is Gavril’s first taste of death--but it will not be his last. For blood is the liquid that seals his fate.

Expected by clan warriors from the north to avenge his father’s murder--and still his unquiet ghost--Gavril is kidnapped. He soon learns that becoming Drakhaon means not only ascending to the throne of Azhkendir but changing, in subtle ways at first, into a being of extraordinary power and might. A being that must be replenished with the blood of innocentsin order to survive. Ensconced in Kastel Drakhaon with no means of escape from the icebound kingdom, and carefully watched by neighboring rulers waiting to move against him, the untested Gavril must fight to retain his human heart and soul in the face of impending war--and the dark instincts that threaten to overpower him.

Man and beast, spymaster and insurgent, nature and the netherworld--all collide in phenomenal twists and turns. A masterwork of adventure fantasy, Lord of Snow and Shadows will leave you stunned--and longing for more.


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About Sarah Ash

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Sarah Ash is the author of six fantasy novels: Children of the Serpent Gate, Lord of Snow and Shadows, Prisoner of the Iron Tower, Moths to a Flame, Songspinners, and The Lost Child. She also runs the library in a local primary school. Ash has two grown sons and lives in Beckenham, Kent, with her husband and their mad cat, Molly.
 
Published July 29, 2003 by Spectra. 608 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this excellent start to a new fantasy series from British author Ash (Moths to a Flame), Gavril Andar, an idealistic young artist, falls for the nobly born Astasia Orlova, whose portrait he's been hired to paint.

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Gavril is a hero in a very terrible position, knowing that he can't use his powers, but being forced to as he slowly accepts the responsibility he feels for the people.

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Portrait painter Gavril Andar has always lived with his mother in Smorna, the summer resort town of the Muscobarian aristocracy.

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SFFWorld.com

While there is a bit of hesitation on Gavril's part, Ash does well in allowing Gavril to accept his position and role as Lord Gavril, ruler of the Azhkendir.

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Jaromir, the blood enemy to Gavril's family and Gavril's unexpected friend as well, and Elysia-Gavril's mother who seeks to save her son, only to become a pawn of political intrigue among the ruling nations!

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Sarah Ash accomplished something no other writer has achieved: she kept me interested in a vampire fantasy that mixes sword- and gun-play.

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He's all at sea in a welter of conspiracies, spies, assassination attempts, old family history, magical influences he can't control and the surly, superstitious, bloodthirsty expectations of his new subjects (he can paint a nice picture though!) Marching along to (almost certain) doom with ...

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