The Isle of Battle by Sean Russell
Book Two of the Swans' War

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Treachery and deceit run rampant throughout a devastated land, spawning dark alliances in the terrible war ignited by the enmity of two families. But unbeknownst to all, there are others who truly control the beleaguered kingdom's destiny—combatants emerging from eons of restless sleep to renew the bloody terror of a battle older than time.

 

About Sean Russell

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Sean Russell is the author of The One Kingdom and The Isle of Battle, previous books in the Swans' War trilogy, plus the River into Darkness books: Compass of the Soul and Beneath the Vaulted Hills; the Moontide and Magic Rise books: Sea Without a Shore and World Without End; and Gatherer of Clouds and The Initiate Brother. He lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, with his wife and son.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 468 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Intriguing, but confusing second volume in Russell's restrained and—rare for epic fantasy—crisply written saga of the Wynnd, a vast river in a medieval, pseudo-Welsh setting, and the river's eerie hold on creatures human and otherwise.

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Despite the many disparate story threads, the narrative flows easily, building in intensity from a firm steady pace to a powerful climax that will keep the reader happily waiting for the next installment of this classically composed fantasy.

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Barely a moment seems to have passed between the devastating and tragic events at the close of The One Kingdom and the dramatic opening sentences of The Isle of Battle.

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Sean Russell's The One Kingdom proved to be one of the better epic fantasies of last year, generating much anticipation for the sequel.

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SFFWorld.com

If the concluding volume of this trilogy lives up to the promises and portents of the first two volumes, then Sean Russell will have created a magical trilogy that will compare to Tad Williams’ Memory, Sorrow and Thorn or any of Guy Gavriel Kay’s works as examples of how truly magical high fantas...

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