In this sweeping sequel to the critically acclaimed Cold Iron—which NPR Books raved, “reminded me, pleasurably, of Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice series”—the Kingdom of Eledore has fallen and Nel and Suvi lead a diaspora of their people to safety, but the magic that has kept the demon forces away is dwindling, and they must find a new way to protect themselves.
The Acrasian army has swept through Eledore, nearly massacring the entire race in fear and hatred of the magic they possess. This same magic is all that was keeping the demon incursion at bay, but now the great evil that was banished is seeping into the world. Watchers are formed to warn of any sightings of the demons, but little can be done if one encounters them in shadow or at night.
Meanwhile, Nels leads a precious few hundred survivors of Eledore through the wilds, hoping to find solace and rebuild their civilization while his twin sister, Suvi, seeks allies at sea.
There is hope, born in the ashes of this devastation—a hope that Eledorian magic can grow, but only if they survive.
Stina Leicht is a science fiction and fantasy writer living in central Texas. Her second novel, And Blue Skies from Pain, was on the Locus Recommended Reading list for 2012. She was a Campbell Award finalist in 2013 and in 2012. In 2012 she was also shortlisted for the Crawford Award. When she was small Stina wanted to grow up to be like Vincent Price.
"Leicht returns to the flintlock fantasy world of 2015’s Cold Iron with a dark and lively followup. The fast-paced story contains all the trappings of exciting epic fantasy."
– Publishers Weekly
"This volume continues in the vein of its predecessor, with an entertaining blend of political intrigue, adventure, and a cast of characters well worth getting to know."
"My attention never had the opportunity to flag, a joy in a long epic novel of this scope and length. There was always a drive to turn the page in Leicht’s novel. You will want to start with Cold Iron, but I daresay you will enjoy Blackthorne perhaps even more than that worthy book."