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Quicksilver Rising

(2003)
(The Covenant Rising)
(The first book in the Quicksilver series)
A novel by

 
Powerful new epic fantasy trilogy from Stan Nicholls, the British author of the internationally acclaimed ORCS series. The empires of Rintarah and Gath Tampoor are squared against each other, each continually spying for weaknesses in the other. In the middle huddles the small island state of Bhealfa, ruled by a demented Prince who is obsessed with the idea that he can outrun death. Everywhere, magic underpins the social order. Different classes enjoy different qualities of magic; from meagre charms for the destitute, to grand conjurations impossible to distinguish from reality for the rich. But the most skilful and expensive spells are kept by the authorities and used to control the entire population. Reeth Caldason is among the last of his kind. His people, the Qalochians, a race of natural warriors, were brutally massacred decades ago. Reeth is cursed with immortality, forced to wander the world, seeking revenge for his tribe and a cure for his magical affliction. Under the floating Palace of the mad Prince of Bhealfa he comes across other outlaws and is drawn into the Resistance movement, assisting those who have suffered under the dictatorships of the two massive empires. Reeth is promised that in return for his help, the underground society will help him find a cure for his affliction. But the political situation and the magic nature of the world are inextricably connected. Bring one down and the other will be destroyed -- the world will change forever and Reeth's curse will never be lifted.

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"Fast-paced, high adventure ... a bare-knuckle fight with a magic punch." - Mark Chadbourn

"Nicholls writes in a beautiful sensuous style that perfectly compliments this page-turning fantasy." - Simon Clark

"Great stuff - exciting, intriguing, fast-paced, yet with a thoughtful and serious undercurrent rarely found in the vast majority of fantasy novels." - Louise Cooper

"Quicksilver Rising is brilliantly conceived and beautifully constructed. From the first gripping action scene it had me hooked. Nicholls' Orcs series was exciting and action packed, but Quicksilver Rising has all the in gredients to become a classic of the genre." - David Gemmell

"Stan Nicholls writes sparkling, action-packed fantasy with a dangerous edge." - Freda Warrington


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Hardback Editions

2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Covenant Rising (Book One of the Dreamtime)
Author(s): Stan Nicholls
ISBN: 0-7394-5032-8 / 978-0-7394-5032-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: EOS
Availability: Amazon   


Paperback Editions

February 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Quicksilver Rising: Book One of the Quicksilver Trilogy
Author(s): Stan Nicholls
ISBN: 0-00-736562-4 / 978-0-00-736562-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Availability: Amazon UK   


April 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Quicksilver Rising: Book One of the Quicksilver Trilogy
Author(s): Stan Nicholls
ISBN: 0-00-724090-2 / 978-0-00-724090-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Availability: Amazon UK   


November 2005 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Covenant Rising: Book One of The Dreamtime (The Dreamtime Series)
Author(s): Stan Nicholls
ISBN: 0-06-073890-1 / 978-0-06-073890-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


January 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Covenant Rising: Book One of The Dreamtime
Author(s): Stan Nicholls
ISBN: 0-06-073889-8 / 978-0-06-073889-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Quicksilver Rising: Book One of the Quicksilver Trilogy
Author(s): Stan Nicholls
ISBN: 0-00-714150-5 / 978-0-00-714150-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


August 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Quicksilver Rising
Author(s): Stan Nicholls
ISBN: 0-00-714149-1 / 978-0-00-714149-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Voyager
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

January 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Quicksilver Rising: Book One of the Quicksilver Trilogy
Author(s): Stan Nicholls
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Availability: Amazon UK   


October 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Covenant Rising: Book One of The Dreamtime (The Dreamtime Series)
Author(s): Stan Nicholls
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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