by Janet Morris
THE SACRED BAND GOES NORTH - TO WAR!
Here is the newly revised Author's Cut edition of
, the first ever full-length novel to take you beyond the notorious Thieves World(TM) fantasy universe, where gods still stalk the land, warring with demons and human sorcerers and trampling unfortunate humanity underfoot.
If you like stories of bold brave knights employed in meritorious duty, or tales of ladies delicate and fair, be warned: Beyond Sanctuary, set at the foot of notorious Wizardwall, may be too realistic for your sensibilities. War is coming to Tyse, an occupied town at the foot of Wizardwall. And so is the Sacred Band, commanded by Tempus, who is called the favorite of the storm god, the Riddler, Tempus the Black, and worse by his enemies.Tempus longs to align his cavalry with the Nisibisi freemen on Wizardwall's slopes, fighting to regain their homeland against the allied sorcerers of Black Nisibis and the evil Mygdonian empire, intent on conquering all who stand in their way.
lies occupied Tyse, a war-torn town in the shadow of Wizardwall that hosts refugees, insurgents, murderers, thieves, and wizards whose allegiance shifts with the wind. And abutting Tyse is godless Peace Falls, where anything can happen, and often does. . . .
To some, Tempus is a villain. To others, a hero, albeit a hero with a terrible curse: any he loves will spurn him; any who love him soon die of it. His curse grants him immortality, the gift of healing, and great prowess on the battlefield, but denies him sleep and love -- a curse so dreadful that even the southern storm god he once served has turned against him. But god or no god, Tempus and his Stepsons, with help from his sorcerer-slaying sister Cime and Jihan the Froth Daughter, must battle Datan, the archmage of Black Nisibis and the inhuman legions of Roxane, Death's Queen.
, Tempus and his Sacred Band must war against the deadliest demons and most malevolent mages conceivable. In this
war there is no such thing as honorable defeat, or even honorable death in a losing cause. The winners will eat your soul.
is the first novel in Janet Morris' Sacred Band of Stepsons: Beyond Trilogy
, followed by
BEYOND THE VEIL