Winterbirth by Brian Ruckley
(The Godless World)

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An uneasy truce exists between the thanes of the True Bloods. Now, as another winter approaches, the armies of the Black Road march south, from their exile beyond the Vale of Stones.
For some, war will bring a swift and violent death. Others will not hear the clash of swords or see the corpses strewn over the fields. Instead, they will see an opportunity to advance their own ambitions.
But soon, all will fall under the shadow that is descending. For while the storm of battle rages, one man is following a path that will awaken a terrible power in him -- and his legacy will be written in blood.

About Brian Ruckley

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Brian Ruckley was born and brought up in Scotland. After studying at Edinburgh and Stirling Universities, he worked for a series of organizations dealing with environmental, nature conservation and youth development issues. He lives in Edinburgh. Find our more about Brian Ruckley at
Published December 15, 2008 by Orbit. 576 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Entertainment Weekly

Rifts among the True Bloods are exacerbated by return of the exiled Black Road armies, setting… 2007-09-10 Brian Ruckley Action/Adventure Sci-fi and Fantasy ...

Sep 07 2007 | Read Full Review of Winterbirth (The Godless World)

The Bookbag

The fact this is Ruckley's debut novel makes Winterbirth an even more important novel.

Dec 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Winterbirth (The Godless World)

Fantasy Literature

I have been craving a real epic fantasy novel and Winterbirth by Brian Ruckley is exactly that — gods, diverse races, medieval setting, and plenty of warfare.

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Book Geeks

Brian Ruckley‘s debut, the first volume in the Godless World trilogy, is a welcome addition to the fantasy canon, and if you like your fantasy gritty and dark, you may well want to check this out.

Jul 18 2008 | Read Full Review of Winterbirth (The Godless World)

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