A fascinating and extremely highly rated story from author M. Edward McNally, The Sable City is the first book in The Norothian Cycle. If you're a fan of female heroines who have the will to survive and dragons right out of legend, then you're going to have a blast with this book. Full of complexities and surprises, this is a series you can sink your teeth into!
Name: The Sable City (The Norothian Cycle)
Rating: 4.6 stars over 37 reviews
Description: Tilda Lanai has trained for years to take her place among the Guilders of the Miilark Islands, but now the Trade House she is to serve is imperiled by the absence of a legitimate Deskata heir. Scenting blood in the water, rival Houses begin to circle. The desperate search for an exiled heir takes Tilda across a war-torn continent and to the gates of the Sable City, where centuries ago dark magic almost destroyed the world. Along with a sinister sorceress, a broken-hearted samurai, and a miscreant mercenary long on charm but lousy with a crossbow, Tilda must brave the demon-infested ruins. Only then can she find John Deskata, who may not want to be found at all.
(Only one thing worse than reading short blurbs for long books, writing short blurbs for long books. ;-) The above is very nuts and bolts: "Tilda must go here to do this," but of course it is all a lot more complicated than that. I love the fantasy genre and respect its classic elements. That said, this series is to some extent about playing with what might be expected, and bringing some humor, mystery, and a bit of flirty banter to what can easily turn only too grim, when the stakes are so "fantastically" high. It isn't "Dark" fantasy, but nor is it slapstick. It's basically a character piece about Tilda Lanai, trying to hold down a job, help out her friends, and survive the day-to-day. With a couple dragons thrown in, of course. - Ed McNally)
Reviews: "Personally, I am not typically a big fan of the fantasy genre of which "Sable City" is in; Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, etc. However, that is not the case with "Sable City." Once I began reading it, I have not been able to put it down! The characters and storyline are extremely realistic and drew me into their lives. I have the urge to have a drink with Zeb and ask Tilda for her hand. It is that kind of literary art. I will be searching Amazon for the 2nd book of the series in another day or two!"
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