Blood of Ambrose

Blood of Ambrose

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Behind the king's life stands the menacing Protector, and beyond him lies the Protector's Shadow...
Centuries after the death of Uthar the Great, the throne of the Ontilian Empire lies vacant. The late emperor's brother-in-law and murderer, Lord Urdhven, appoints himself Protector to his nephew, young King Lathmar VII and sets out to kill anyone who stands between himself and mastery of the empire, including (if he can manage it) the king himself and his ancient but still formidable ancestress, Ambrosia Viviana.

When Ambrosia is accused of witchcraft and put to trial by combat, she is forced to play her trump card and call on her brother, Morlock Ambrosius—stateless person, master of all magical makers, deadly swordsman, and hopeless drunk.

As ministers of the king, they carry on the battle, magical and mundane, against the Protector and his shadowy patron. But all their struggles will be wasted unless the young king finds the strength to rule in his own right and his own name.

Baker & Taylor
The late Emperor's brother-in-law and murderer, Lord Urdhven, appoints himself Protector to his nephew, young King Lathmar VII, and sets out to kill anyone who stands between himself and mastery of the Empire.

Baker
& Taylor

While the ministers of the King continue to battle the Protector and his shadowy patron with means both magical and mundane, the King must find the strength to rule in his own right and his own name.

Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, c2009
ISBN: 9781591027362
1591027365
Characteristics: 401 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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Sammiqat Jul 12, 2012

The back cover might lead you think this will be the story of displaced heir trying to win back his kingdom, but the real heart of it is the young king-in-hiding's near-immortal and many-generations-removed's relatives. The crook-shouldered, dry-alcoholic Morlock is the real hero. It contains adventure, political intrigue, and horror in equal measure. Blood of Ambrose is the start of a series of standalone books about Morlock, each of which is quite unique and distinctive. Enge writes great and very literary fantasy!

jeffrc Jan 27, 2012

The most exciting part of this book is taking it back to the library!

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