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The Ember Blade

(2018)
(The first book in the Darkwater Legacy series)
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'The Ember Blade is hands down the best fantasy novel I've ever read' Grimdark Magazine



Empires rise, civilisations fall and one culture comes to subsume another. It's the way of the world . . . sometimes ways of life are improved, sometimes they are not. But the progression of change is huge and - usually - unstoppable.

In this story, the Ossian way of life is fading and the Dachen way is taking its place and Aren is comfortable with that. Even when his parents are accused of treason he supports the establishment and maintains there's been some mistake . . . which is all it takes to get himself and his best friend arrested . . .

Thrown into a prison mine they plan their escape - only to be overtaken by events when they're rescued, and promptly find themselves in the middle of an ambush. By the time they've escaped, they're unavoidably linked to Garric - their unwelcome saviour - and his quest to overturn to Dachen way of life.

If they leave Garric now, they'll be arrested or killed by their pursuers. If they turn him in, Garric will kill them. If they stay with him, they'll be abetting a murderous quest they don't believe in. There are no good options - but Aren will still have to choose a path . . .
Designed to return to classic fantasy adventures and values, from a modern perspective, this is a fast-moving coming-of-age trilogy featuring a strong cast of diverse characters, brilliant set-pieces and a strong character and plot driven story.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"I bloody loved it! . . . A thrilling adventure, vividly told, that reflects a modern tyranny through a fantasy lens. Explores themes of collaboration and resistance, the power of symbols, friendship and sacrifice: how far will you go for a revolution? I loved it and I can't wait for the sequel." - Elspeth Cooper

"The Ember Blade is Lord of the Rings for the modern generation - an epic world full of history, depth and adventure." - Ed McDonald

"If you like Brandon Sanderson you'll love this. The best epic fantasy for years." - Gavin Smith


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Used availability for Chris Wooding's The Ember Blade

Hardback Editions

September 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Ember Blade (The Darkwater Legacy)
Author(s): Chris Wooding BA
ISBN: 1-4732-1484-X / 978-1-4732-1484-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

May 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Ember Blade (The Darkwater Legacy)
Author(s): Chris Wooding BA
ISBN: 1-4732-1486-6 / 978-1-4732-1486-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


September 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Ember Blade (The Darkwater Legacy)
Author(s): Chris Wooding BA
ISBN: 1-4732-1485-8 / 978-1-4732-1485-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

September 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Ember Blade: The Darkwater Legacy
Author(s): Chris Wooding
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon   


September 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Ember Blade: The Darkwater Legacy
Author(s): Chris Wooding
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon AU   


September 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Ember Blade: The Darkwater Legacy
Author(s): Chris Wooding
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon CA   


September 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Ember Blade: The Darkwater Legacy
Author(s): Chris Wooding
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

September 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Ember Blade
Author(s): Chris Wooding
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


September 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Ember Blade (The Darkwater Legacy Book 1)
Author(s): Chris Wooding
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU