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The City of Marble and Blood

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The Chronicles of Hanuvar Continue—Sword and Sorcery Heroics Abound!

Gladiators, legionaries, scheming sorcerers, and dark gods had battered Hanuvar but not stopped him. The great Volani general now returns to the land of his enemies!

Hanuvar had pledged to find the remnants of his people, scattered into slavery across the whole of the peninsula. This time he had no army to help him. His would be a stealthy war of liberation, buying the freedom of some and arranging for the escape of others, aided only by a young playwright, the daughter of a hated political rival, the tattered remnants of his old spy network, and the unlikeliest ally of all, the general who had once defeated him.

Arrayed against them were the mighty legions, the sorcerous Revenants, and the wily Metellus of the Praetorian guard, ever alert to seize advantage. To add to their troubles, someone was drawing unwanted attention to the helpless Volani slaves by murdering influential Dervans and leaving the sign of the sacred Eltyr corps beside their bodies. Someone who might well be Hanuvar’s lost daughter, who’d fought her way from captivity and was even now being hunted through the countryside.

Worst of all, a magical attack had left Hanuvar with a lingering curse that might change him forever . . . or lead him to an early grave.

About The Author

Howard Andrew Jones is the author of the critically acclaimed Ring-Sworn trilogy, and two historical Arabian fantasy novels. He was the driving force behind the rebirth of interest in Harold Lamb’s historical fiction, and assembled and edited eight collections of Lamb’s work for the University of Nebraska Press. He edits the sword-and-sorcery magazine Tales From the Magician’s Skull and served as Managing Editor of Black Gate magazine. He holds a third-degree black belt in Shotokan karate and is studying for his fourth. He lurks at, where he blogs about writing craft, gaming, fantasy and adventure fiction, and assorted nerdery.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Baen (October 17, 2023)
  • Length: 528 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982192945

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"This wonderful series put me in mind of the stories I read when I was editing the Baen’s Robert E. Howard library."

– David Drake

"Howard Jones writes not-to-be-missed epic fantasy with immersive world building and the highest stakes for the characters, fighting for personal survival and the survival of their world.”

– Martha Wells

"Howard Jones creates engrossing fantasy tales by combining historical authenticity with his thoughtful modern sensibilities and shapes events with his keen understanding of great adventure writers like Harold Lamb, Robert E. Howard, and Leigh Brackett."

– S. Craig Zahler

“Howard Andrew Jones is a scholar and a gentleman, a deft multi-genre wordsmith . . . a living link between the right action-adventure narratives of old and the sprawling epic fantasies of today.”

– Scott Lynch

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