Author(s): David Hair
Desperate for the next Game of Thrones? Pick up Empress of the Fall for your full-on fix of epic fantasy.
The Emperor is dead - long live the Empress!
Emperor Constant is dead and his rivals are scrabbling for power - but any misstep could plunge the land, already devastated by the shocking outcome of the Third Crusade, into a calamitous civil war.
The Imperial throne is not the only one in jeopardy. Two brothers, imprisoned veterans of the Crusades, finally return home to find their father's kingdom being plundered - but the price of regaining their birthright will have far-reaching implications for the entire empire.
In the East, Sultan Salim, peacemaker and visionary ruler, faces his greatest challenge as his people demand an invasion of the West in retribution for the Rondian Crusades
And lurking in the darkness, orchestrating both the power struggles and the inevitable conflicts, is a shadowy group threatening to destroy civilisation itself.
Once more, Urte stands on the brink of cataclysm.
I enjoyed the characters and their struggles and schemes . . . Classic immersive fantasy * Ribbon Reviews * I continue to be impressed by the way Hair takes some very familiar, almost trite, ideas and spins them in a new way. Epic fantasy is not dying my friends, it is just moving in new directions. * Fantasy Review Barn * The writing is crisp, the characters full of vigour and desires which when they become banded together really gives the story something to focus upon as the bonds grow stronger * Falcata Times on the Moontide Quartet * The sense of chaos, endless politicking between factions and urge by characters to make sense out of events beyond their control is palpable as the pace becomes more and more frantic * Upcoming4.me on the Moontide Quartet * Represents modern epic fantasy at its best. * Fantasy Book Critic on the Moontide Quartet * Vivid, dynamic characters and terrific world building . . . Readers of epic fantasy should definitely check out this series * Bibliosanctum on the Moontide Quartet * "Empress" is a sprawling epic fantasy of grandiose proportions . . . with a hearty taste of blood and gore, and plenty of vicious politics * Angela Oliver, author of Fellowship of the Ringtails * Promises to recall epic fantasy's finest * Tor.com on the Moontide Quartet * Adult fantasy lovers who enjoy historical fiction and intricate political plots will love this book . . . Epic * Boho Mind * So epic, that it gets you so involved and is such an investment in time and emotion, that there is a little sting of regret that the ending had to come at all * British Fantasy Society on the Moontide Quartet * Hair is adept at building characters as well as worlds, and his attention to his female players is welcome in a genre that too often excludes them. * Kirkus Reviews * For anyone looking for a new sprawling fantasy epic to stick their teeth into, Empress Of The Fall is an ultimately satisfying journey into a fascinating and chaotic landscape * SciFiNow *
David Hair, an award-winning writer of fantasy, has been inspired by his travels around the globe. He was born in New Zealand and after spending time in Britain and Europe, he moved to India for several years, which sparked both the Moontide Quartet and the Ravana series. He now lives in Bangkok, Thailand. His epic fantasy sagas The Moontide Quartet and The Sunsurge Quartet, and The Return of Ravana, his retelling of the Indian epic The Ramayana, are all published by Jo Fletcher Books.