Kelen l'Anti-Magicien se fait de nouveaux ennemis où qu'il passe. Toujours accompagné de ses deux acolytes incontrôlables, Furia et Rakis, il parcourt les terres de la Frontière à la recherche d'un remède contre le mal qui le ronge: l'ombre au noir.
Kelen, 16 ans, est l'héritier d'une des grandes familles qui se disputent le trône de la cité. Il prépare son premier duel pour devenir mage. Mais ses pouvoirs ont disparu. Il doit ruser... ou tricher, quitte à risquer l'exil, voire pire.
Ses seuls soutiens, deux acolytes explosifs: Furia, la vagabonde imprévisible et Rakis, un chacureuil féroce et acerbe.
La saga d'un jeune héros tiraillé entre rébellion et loyauté envers les siens. Action et secrets dans une société au bord du chaos: une grande fresque originale et puissante, où la fantasy rencontre l'humour.
Une jeune reine mourra et un continent tout entier sombrera dans la guerre... sauf si Kelen accepte de commettre un petit meurtre. Toujours accompagné de Rakis, Kelen retrouve Furia, mais aussi sa famille, pour le meilleur et pour le pire. La vérité sur le mage sans pouvoirs atteint de l'ombre au noir éclatera-t-elle enfin au grand jour ?
Kelen, le mage sans pouvoir, a commis un acte impardonnable. Il sera pendu haut et court... à moins qu'il parvienne à obtenir la grâce de la Reine de Darome. Mais le palais est un guépier où les alliés d'hier sont les ennemis de demain: pour sauver leur peau, Kelen et le féroce Chacureuil Rakis n'auront pas droit à l'erreur.
En Gitabrie, l'invention d'un petit oiseau mécanique a attiré les espions de tous les territoires. Chacun est prêt à tuer pour mettre la main sur ce prodige animé par une magie puissante et dangereuse. Et c'est justement là que se dirigent Kelen, Rakis et Furia, les vagabonds les plus recherchés du continent.
Kelen est à la recherche d'une abbaye mythique, où se trouverait un remède contre l'ombre au noir. Mais en chemin, Rakis tombe dans une embuscade. Kellen, désormais seul, trouvera-t-il un moyen de sauver celui qui est devenu son meilleur ami... sans l'aide de Furia la vagabonde, à qui il a tourné le dos ?
“This is one hell of a good book. So many fantasies concentrate on the darkness in humanity these days. There's something to be said for that, if it's well done. Yet this is a book that reminds you that deep down, we want to have courage and honour - and we admire those who do. Hugely enjoyable throughout. 5 stars - well deserved.”--Conn Iggulden The King is dead, the Greatcoats have been disbanded, and Falcio Val Mond and his fellow magistrates Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as bodyguards. Things could be worse. Their employer could be lying dead on the floor while the killer plants evidence framing them for the murder. Oh wait, that’s exactly what’s happening… Now a royal conspiracy is about to unfold in the most corrupt city in the world. A carefully orchestrated series of murders that began with the overthrow of an idealistic young king will end with the death of an orphaned girl and the ruin of everything that Falcio, Kest, and Brasti have fought for. But if the trio want to foil the conspiracy, save the girl, and reunite the Greatcoats, they’ll have to do it with nothing but the tattered coats on their backs and the swords in their hands, because these days every noble is a tyrant, every knight is a thug, and the only thing you can really trust is a traitor’s blade.
'High energy, highly unique, swashbuckling-cop-epic-noir story. Buy it. BUY IT NOW' Sam Sykes
The Greatcoats are back - and this time it's personal.How do you kill a Saint? Falcio, Brasti and Kest are about to find out, as someone is doing just that, and they've started with a friend.The Dukes were already looking for ways to weasel out of their promise to put Aline on her father's throne - but with Saints turning up dead, and Church Inquistitors pushing for control - rumours are spreading that the Gods themselves oppose her ascension.The only way Falcio can stop the country turning into a vicious theocracy is to find and stop the Saint-killer - but his only clue is the iron mask encasing the head of the Saint of Mercy, which prevents her from speaking. And even if he can find the murderer, he will still have to face them in battle - and this may be a duel that no swordsman, no matter how skilled, can win.
The Greatcoats are back: 'first-rate fiction, first rate adventure, first rate full stop,' says Sunday Times bestseller Conn Iggulden Would you - could you? - uphold the law at the cost of those you love?Falcio val Mond, First Cantor of the Greatcoats, is on the brink of fulfilling his dead King's dream: Aline is about to take the throne and restore the rule of law once and for all.But for the Greatcoats, nothing is ever that simple. In neighbouring Avares, an enigmatic new warlord is uniting the barbarian armies and even worse, he is rumoured to have a new ally: Falcio's old nemesis Trin. With the armies of Avares at her back, she'll be unstoppable.Falcio, Kest and Brasti go racing north to stop her, but in those cold, treacherous climes they discover something altogether different - and far more dangerous: a new player plans to take the throne of Tristia, and the Greatcoats, for all their determination and skill, may not be able to stop him.
Falcio is the first Cantor of the Greatcoats. Trained in the fighting arts and the laws of Tristia, the Greatcoats are travelling Magisters upholding King's Law. They are heroes. Or at least they were, until they stood aside while the Dukes took the kingdom, and impaled their King's head on a spike. Now Tristia is on the verge of collapse and the barbarians are sniffing at the borders. The Dukes bring chaos to the land, while the Greatcoats are scattered far and wide, reviled as traitors, their legendary coats in tatters. All they have left are the promises they made to King Paelis, to carry out one final mission. But if they have any hope of fulfilling the King's dream, the divided Greatcoats must reunite, or they will also have to stand aside as they watch their world burn...
"Tristia is a nation overcome by intrigue and corruption. The idealistic young King Paelis is dead and the Greatcoats - legendary travelling magistrates who brought justice to the Kingdom - have been branded as traitors. But just before his head was impaled on a spike, the King swore each of his hundred and forty-four Greatcoats to a different mission.
Falcio Val Mond, First Cantor, with the help of fellow Greatcoats Kest and Brasti, has completed his King's final task: he has found his Charoites - well, one at least, and she was not quite what they expected. Now they must protect the girl from the many who would see her dead, and place her on the throne of a lawless kingdom. That would be simple enough, if it weren't for the Daishini, an equally legendary band of assassins, getting in their way, not to forget the Dukes who are determined to hold on to their fractured Kingdoms, or the fact that the heir to the throne is only thirteen years old. Oh, and the poison that is slowly killing Falcio.
That's not even mentioning the Greatcoat's Lament..."