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The Guns of Ivrea

(The first book in the Tale of Valdur series)
A novel by


"Fast-paced, intelligent fantasy action. A fascinating tale of intrigue, magic and war. "
Adrian Tchaikovsky

A swashbuckling new sea-faring fantasy series begins! A gritty, thrilling epic that reads like a cross between Patrick O'Brian and George R.R. Martin, bringing together the tang of the sea and the taste of cold steel.

Acquel Galenus, former thief and now monk of no particular skill, indifferent scribe and even worse chorister, uncovers a terrible secret under the Great Temple at Livorna that could shiver the one faith to its core. A secret that could get him killed. A secret that could enable an older, more sinister form of worship to be reborn...

Pirate princeling Nicolo Danamis, mercenary to the King and captain of the largest fleet in the island kingdom of Valdur, has made one deal too many, and enemies are now closing in to destroy him.

And Citala, fair-haired and grey-skinned, the daughter of the chieftain of the Merfolk who inhabit the waters of Valdur, finds herself implacably drawn to the affairs of men. She puts events in motion that will end her people's years of isolation but that could imperil their very existence...

All their fates will intertwine as they journey through duchies and free cities riven by political intrigue, religious fervour, and ancient hatreds. Alliances are being forged anew and after decades of wary peace, war is on the wind once again...

Genre: Fantasy
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Paperback Editions

February 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Guns of Ivrea: Valdur Book One (Valdur 1)
Author(s): Clifford Beal
ISBN: 1-78108-348-7 / 978-1-78108-348-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Solaris
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February 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Guns of Ivrea (Tales of Valdur)
Author(s): Clifford Beal
ISBN: 1-78108-347-9 / 978-1-78108-347-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Solaris
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

February 2016 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Guns of Ivrea (A Tale of Valdur Book 1)
Author(s): Clifford Beal
Publisher: Solaris
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

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