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River of Ink

(2016)
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All Asanka knows is poetry. From his humble village beginnings in the great island kingdom of Lanka, he has risen to the prestigious position of court poet and now delights in his life of ease: composing romantic verses for love-struck courtiers, enjoying the confidence of his king, and covertly teaching Sarasi, a beautiful and beguiling palace maid, the secrets of his art.

But when Kalinga Magha, a ruthless prince with a formidable army, arrives upon Lanka's shores, Asanka's world is changed beyond imagining. Violent, hubristic, and unpredictable, Magha usurps the throne, laying waste to all who stand in his way. Under his terrifying rule, nothing in the city is left untouched and, like many of his fellow citizens, Asanka retreats into the shadows, hoping to pass unnoticed by the tyrant. But it seems his new master is a lover of poetry....

To Asanka's horror, Magha tasks him with the translation of an epic Sanskrit poem, a tale of Gods and nobles, love and revenge, which the king believes will have a civilizing effect on his subjects, soothing their discontent and snuffing out the fires of rebellion he suspects are igniting across the island.

Asanka has always believed that poetry makes nothing happen, but as each new chapter he writes is disseminated through the land and lines on the page become cries in the street, his belief and his loyalties are challenged. And, as Magha circles ever closer to the things Asanka treasures most, the poet will discover that true power lies not at the point of a sword, but in the tip of a pen.

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2016 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: River of Ink
Author(s): Paul M M Cooper
ISBN: 1-4088-6218-2 / 978-1-4088-6218-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus
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January 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: River of Ink
Author(s): Paul M M Cooper
ISBN: 1-63286-070-8 / 978-1-63286-070-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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Paperback Editions

January 2017 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: River of Ink
Author(s): Paul M M Cooper
ISBN: 1-4088-6229-8 / 978-1-4088-6229-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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January 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: River of Ink
Author(s): Paul M M Cooper
ISBN: 1-4088-6222-0 / 978-1-4088-6222-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Audio Editions

May 2016 : MP3 CD
thumbTitle: River of Ink
Author(s): Paul M M Cooper
ISBN: 1-5226-3468-1 / 978-1-5226-3468-3
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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February 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: River of Ink
Author(s): Paul M M Cooper
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
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February 2016 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: River of Ink
Author(s): Paul M M Cooper
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
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Kindle Editions

January 2016 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: River of Ink
Author(s): Paul M M Cooper
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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January 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: River of Ink
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