THE LONG-AWAITED FOUNDING OF VALDEMAR COMES TO LIFE!
Within the Eastern Empire, Duke Kordas Valdemar rules a tiny, bucolic Duchy that focuses mostly on horse breeding. Kordas has lived his life looking over his shoulder, waiting for the day when the Empire’s exploitative and militant leaders would not be content to leave his duchy alone.
Now Kordas’s time is running out. He has been summoned to court and the Emperor himself has directed his mages to harness the power of dark magics. But one of the Duchy’s mages has had a breakthrough and may have uncovered a way to put the Duchy, and its people, beyond the Emperor’s reach forever.
Can Kordas’s reputation as a country bumpkin and his acting skills buy him and his people the time they need to flee? Or will the Emperor lose patience, strip Valdemar of everything of worth, and send its conscripted people into the front lines of the Imperial wars?
PRAISE FOR MERCEDES LACKEY:
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“ENGROSSING READING” - LOCUS.
“[A] SPELLBINDING WORLD” - RT REVIEWS.
“ENGAGING” - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.