The award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove continues the alternate–Bronze Age epic begun in Beyond the Gap.
The glaciers came and covered
the world with ice. Now they are in retreat. North of the city of Nidaros,
north of the forest, north of the steppes where the nomadic Bizogots hunt, a
gap has opened in the ice-wall. And down through that gap come the men who call
Their terrifying cavalry
rides woolly mammoths. Their bows can shoot arrows farther than those of the
southerners. Their wizards wield power that neither the shamans of the Bizogots
nor the wizards of Raumsdalian Empire can match—a magic that can melt the stone
beneath a man’s feet, call down blasting fire from the sky, or decimate a tribe
with plagues that have no cure. Scattered survivors of the Bizogot tribes hide
from the Rulers. The Empire is shattered. The feckless Emperor Sigvat II is in
Against the Rulers stands
Count Hamnet Thyssen and his small band of friends: Jarl Trasamund of the Three
Tusk Bizogots; the adventurer Ulric Skakki; and, most important, Marcovefa, the
female shaman of a cannibal tribe that lives atop the Glacier itself. Marcovefa
has magic that the Rulers cannot counter.
But there are many Rulers,
and they have many wizards. Marcovefa is but one.
Perhaps Hamnet and his allies
can save their lands from the Rulers. But first they must seek out the
legendary Golden Shrine—and the Golden Shrine has not been seen by human eyes
since the time before the glaciers came. Download and start listening now!