Sword and Chant
The war between Calligar and Kennem cost Kennem tribes their independence and earned Calligar three decades as hated occupiers. Now Kennem rebels are set to strike their conquerors with ambush, assassination, and terror.
But the rebels don’t know their secret benefactor is the Chant -- the exiled god of sacrifice and broken dreams, obsessed with regaining the power that once tore Calligar apart. More
From Sherwood Smith, author of the acclaimed INDA series:
"This novel straddles the boundary between epic fantasy and sword and sorcery. Told in a vivid, sometimes whisperingly passionate, sometimes coldly ironic omni voice, it has culture clash, irruption of the strange into a world full of bloody conflict, and interesting and complicated women as well as interesting and complicated men. It’s rare, after reading fantasy for more than fifty years, that I couldn't predict where a story is going, but this was one."
Blood is sweet…
The war between Calligar and Kennem cost Kennem tribes their independence and earned Calligar three costly decades as hated occupiers. Now Kennem rebels are set to strike their conquerors with ambush, assassination, and terror.
But the rebels don’t know their secret benefactor is the Chant–the long-exiled god of sacrifice and broken dreams, obsessed with rejoining Calligar’s ruling gods. The Chant cares naught which tribe claims victory, for every battlefield death feeds Him the power of blood willingly spilled for ambition, devotion, and hope.
Shala of Kennem is among the few surviving Swords who stand against the Chant with her god-graced blade, bound to protect Calligar despite her hatred of the slain conqueror’s son. But Jaynes Rhonnel of Calligar, driven to avenge his murdered father, sets retribution in motion even as the rebels launch their own attack. Allies challenge his leadership, rebels grow more desperate, and the Chant rushes closer to seizing the domination that once tore Calligar apart.
And when the last Sword falls, the Chant will rise–and sacrifice will be His to savor.