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"The Lascar's Dagger is a brilliant, complex, entertaining start to a new series, with deeply-considered cultures and characters, a plot that grabs hold and doesn't let go, exotic settings, and mysterious powers apparently determined to change the fate of anyone who comes near them. Outstanding all the way to the last word...which left me panting for more. Glenda Larke tops my chart."—Elizabeth Moon, New York Times bestselling author

"If it's breathtaking adventure, exotic world-building and fabulous characters and their dilemmas you're after, then Glenda Larke is the author you want. The Lascar's Dagger is the start of another wonderful fantasy series."—Karen Miller

"Magic, religion, and the spice trade combine in this intriguing series launch... This is an absorbing political fantasy that bodes well for the rest of the series."—Publishers Weekly on The Lascar's Dagger

"If you are looking for a new epic fantasy series that will engage, entertain (and maybe even enthrall you) in equal measures, then Larke's your author and The Forsaken Lands is your series."—Civilian Reader

About the Author

Glenda Larke was born in Western Australia and trained as a teacher. She has taught English in Australia, Vienna, Tunisia and Malaysia. Glenda has two children and lives in Western Australia, with her husband.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Forsaken Lands (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; Reprint edition (March 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316399663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316399661
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Read Chapter One of THE LAST STORMLORD here: http://tinyurl.com/y8sx9ch
You can find me here: http://www.glendalarke.com

Writer, environmentalist, in love with wild places and strange things. Not as young as I would like to be. That's me in the photo in Borneo. The other fellow is a stick insect.

I started off in Australia, a farmer's daughter, but as an adult I've lived in North Africa and Europe and South-east Asia. I've been a teacher and a naturalist, and most of all a writer of fantasy novels. You know - magic and adventure and the weird, books flavored with my life. A sweaty bit of the tropics, an arid taste of the desert, a ancient touch of central Europe; crowded cities and dense forests and sun-baked islands. World building is my forte, storytelling my great love.

On twitter @glendalarke
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and blogging at http://glendalarke.blogspot.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yoojin Kwak on March 28, 2014
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I enjoyed the stormlord trilogy and so when I found this book, I bought it without hesitation despite the lack of reviews. I enjoyed this book even more and am eagerly going to wait for the next. It was easy, well written, enjoyable, fast paced with characters you care about, and with enough twists and surprises to keep you interested. The good guys are good, the evil guys are evil, which while a little trite, is a formula that is proven to work, makes for great fiction, and at times i wish more authors would stick to.

I had to mark off a star because I felt like some of the characters behaved unbelievably (really? It took you that long to see the Prime was no good? A trusted friend told you as much before you even met the unpleasant guy), some of the characters were not as fully fleshed out as I would have liked, and things got a little too deus ex machina for me near the end. Still, I was frequently checking to see how much I had left, dreading the time when the book would run to an end (and this book is satisfyingly lengthy). Whining was kept to a minimum, as were the typos.

The world where the story is placed has a religion that feels based on how I imagine religion in the middle ages would be. People worship the God, Va, with a devil counterpart A'Va, and this religion plays a large, mostly benevolent role in the book. There are two other precepts called the Way of the Oak and the Way of the Flow, that worships the forest and water respectively that seems to be loosely tied to the religion. Saker, the main character, is a priest of the Way of the Oak, and as such has a love of nature, etc. The world has a limited form of magic called witchery - kind of like a knack. Fishermen might attract fish, healers can mend bones, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By eyes.2c on March 18, 2014
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Oh, I enjoyed this! All the necessary aspects are present to coalesce into a sparkling work with a brilliant plot. Vividly descriptive, my interest was held from beginning to end.
Kings, evil prelates, a princess who in battling to order her own life never counts the cost to others, witchery and old magic, guile and truth, miracles and more.
Oh! and an investigator of the order of the Va-Faith maligned and nullified, left to die naked and chained to a tree in the coldest hours of the night. Saker Rampion is an Ardronese witan, a spy for the Pontifect of Va-Faith, sent to the Kingdom of Lowmeer, not once but twice. The first time is to find out if the merchants of Lowmeer have found the Spicerie (the source of spices), the second as a spiritual tutor for Prince Ryce and the Princess, the Lady Matilda of Lowmeer. An unlikely hero!
Sorrel Redwing has the gift of glamoury. Through heart breaking circumstances she ends up as a hand maiden for Lady Matilda. Sorrel's feet are firmly set on a path that will intersect with Saker's becoming involved in the mysteries he faces.
Then there's the dreaded horn sickness and the killing of twins as carriers and what to do when the Queen is carrying twins?
And the dagger?
Well that's even more mysterious! On his first mission in Lowmeer, one that the Pontifect reminds him is to have no brawling or sword fights, indeed nothing to draw attention to his presence. An instruction Saker fails to keep when, in pursuit of a lead, he is involved in fight in a spice warehouse with a Lascar, a sailor from the islands of the Summer Seas. The fight interrupts the clandestine meeting Saker is observing. There's an unexpected discovery and a chancy escape.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendell on August 4, 2014
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The Lascar’s Dagger by Glenda Larke is one of those novels that sort of defies assignment to a particular category. On one hand, it has lots of interesting and unique concepts about magic and religion that surely makes it a fantasy. But on the other, it focuses more on political intrigue and personal betrayals than on fantastical creatures or otherworldly powers, and so it reads more like historical fiction. The simple fact is that The Lascar’s Dagger is something in-between, reminding me a lot of Katherine Kurtz’s Deryni novels – which is not a bad thing in my proverbial book.

The tale itself focuses on a priest named Saker Rampion, who also serves as an undercover agent for the Pontifect of the Va-Faith (Think Pope of the Catholic Church here). While out on a fact finding assignment, Saker runs afoul of another agent, gets into a brief fight and winds up with the lascar’s dagger. A magical item that refuses to leave his side even if he abandons it or throws it into a bay. (Think Percy Jackson’s sword Riptide.) Thereafter, Raker is reassigned to a new mission as the spiritual adviser to the prince and princess of the Kingdom of Ardrone, where our young priest finds himself immediately embroiled in court politics and other things even more insidious.

Inadvertently joining Saker Rampion in Ardrone is a young woman named Sorrel Redwing. This lady was unhappily married and grieving after her dead daughter before the murder of her husband. Thereafter, she finds herself on the run from the law, desperate to save herself from the avenging wrath of her husband’s rich family. Eventually, Sorrel is run to ground at a holy shrine, where she finds her savior in Princess Mathilda of Ardrone as well as her gift from the gods.
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