The Scar by Sergey Dyachenko

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Reaching far beyond sword and sorcery, The Scar is a story of two people torn by disaster, their descent into despair, and their reemergence through love and courage. Sergey and Marina Dyachenko mix dramatic scenes with romance, action and wit, in a style both direct and lyrical. Written with a sure artistic hand, The Scar is the story of a man driven by his own feverish demons to find redemption and the woman who just might save him.

Egert is a brash, confident member of the elite guards and an egotistical philanderer. But after he kills an innocent student in a duel, a mysterious man known as “The Wanderer” challenges Egert and slashes his face with his sword, leaving Egert with a scar that comes to symbolize his cowardice. Unable to end his suffering by his own hand, Egert embarks on an odyssey to undo the curse and the horrible damage he has caused, which can only be repaired by a painful journey down a long and harrowing path.  Plotted with the sureness of Robin Hobb and colored with the haunting and ominous imagination of Michael Moorcock, The Scar tells a story that cannot be forgotten.

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About Sergey Dyachenko

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SERGEY AND MARINA DYACHENKO have received numerous prestigious literary awards for their novels and short stories. They were honored as the European Science Fiction Society’s Best Writers of Europe at Eurocon 2005. Marina and Sergey are married and live in Kiev.  The Scar, an award-winning Russian fantasy by the acclaimed husband and wife writing duo, will be published in English for the first time on February 28th, 2012.
 
Published February 28, 2012 by Tor Books. 337 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Wanderer, who could easily have killed Egert, instead contents himself with slashing the guard's face, leaving Egert with a painful scar.

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Egert abandons his brothers and flees, seeking to undo the curse, face Toria, come to terms with his own failings, and at the same time manage to take on a secretive cult of wizards who have cruel designs for the world.

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