Egert Soll, born into the ancient, militaristic city of Kavarren, is a confident young soldier who believes himself invincible. He takes whatever and whomever he wants, with no consideration of the impact on others. However, his careless actions have serious repercussions when he takes the life of a young scholar, a weaker opponent. This unnecessary death draws the attention of a mysterious man known only as the Wanderer. The Wanderer slashes Egert with his blade, from cheek to chin, leaving him with a deep wound and a festering curse of unimaginable constraint. The curse is reserved for those who destroy the weak to inflate themselves. Reduced to a broken coward, Egert flees his home and embarks on an odyssey that will either heal or destroy him. Although this novel taps into the predictable theme of redemption, the authors take two-dimensional characters and place them in an unorthodox story fringed with magic, romance, secret societies, and whispers of the end of time. --Alison Downs
"Rich, vivid, tactile prose, with a solid yet unpredictable plot—and an extraordinary depth and intensity of character reminiscent of the finest Russian literature.A truly spellbinding work even audiences jaded by standard U.S./U.K. fantasy will devour."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Sergey and Marina Dyachenko’s The Scar blends the simplicity of a parable with the complexity and richness of a Russian novel."
“…An unorthodox story fringed with magic, romance, secret societies, and whispers of the end of time.”