The Stones of Valtara
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A vengeful god returns from the shadows and will not rest until his dark designs are fulfilled. His name is Velak, and he comes to harvest the Chosen.
In the sleepy village of Nabaya, Tarek lives a blissful life with his wife and son. He spends his evenings in the tavern, entertaining the villagers with stories from Tarania, the land where they live. Then one night, he recites a dark fairytale from his homeland’s distant past:
A creature as old as the ancient Hen Rai,
Its home is the forest, in slumber it lies.
It waits for a movement, a scent or a sound,
Then out of the forest, the Bwgan crawls out.
As silent as a tomb, it nears its prey,
All tucked up in bed, sleeping they lay.
Then out of the shadows, it stretches its limbs,
Slithering and shimmering on the ground they skim.
It worms through windows, chimneys and doors,
Slipping past those it knows to ignore.
Until a child it finds, that brings it delight,
And steals them away, in the black of the night.
The villagers applaud, oblivious that Tarek’s words foretell of the cataclysmic fate that awaits them—for the terror that inspired the legend now lurks outside the village walls, ready to be unleashed by its divine master, Velak. In the aftermath, Kaine, the ruthless commander of Velak’s fanatical worshippers, reveals to a heartbroken Tarek the staggering truth of why the village was attacked. They came for the Chosen, and they came for Tarek. The dark god has plans for him.
What happens in Nabaya will set in motion kingdom-shattering events that lead to one place—the Stones of Valtara. It’s not a question of who will die, it’s who will survive to challenge Velak?
Fans of Joe Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence and Bernard Cornwell will enjoy the Celtic-themed world of Tarania, with its flawed characters, bloody battles and jaw-dropping twists.
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