After spending more than 30 years (and 30 books) in the Riftwar Universe, Raymond E. Feist is exploring an entirely new epic fantasy world: Garn, home to the Greater Realms of Tembria. The Firemane Saga, “an electrifying tale of two young men whose choices will determine a world’s destiny,” kicks off when four of the formerly peaceful kingdoms betray the fifth: Ithrace, or the Kingdom of Flames. Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi has revealed the cover for King of Ashes, the first installment in Feist’s brand-new epic fantasy series.
Check out the full cover below:
Feist has been talking about King of Ashes since 2014, after ending the Riftwar Cycle. At the time, he described the novel as “primarily a very straight action adventure, with the theme of revenge,” and its two protagonists as both being “motivated by revenge but for entirely different reasons.” The official synopsis introduces readers to the two orphans who will change Garn forever:
The first volume in legendary master and New York Times bestselling author Raymond E. Feist’s epic heroic fantasy series, The Firemane Saga—an electrifying tale of two young men whose choices will determine a world’s destiny.
For centuries, the five greatest kingdoms of North and South Tembria, twin continents on the world of Garn, have coexisted in peace. But the balance of power is destroyed when four of the kingdoms violate an ancient covenant and betray the fifth: Ithrace, the Kingdom of Flames, ruled by Steveren Langene, known as “the Firemane” for his brilliant red hair. As war engulfs the world, Ithrace is destroyed and the Greater Realms of Tembria are thrust into a dangerous struggle for supremacy.
As a Free Lord, Baron Daylon Dumarch owes allegiance to no king. When an abandoned infant is found hidden in Daylon’s pavilion, he realizes that the child must be the missing heir of the slain Steveren. The boy is valuable—and vulnerable. A cunning and patient man, Daylon decides to keep the baby’s existence secret, and sends him to be raised on the Island of Coaltachin, home of the so-called Kingdom of Night, where the powerful and lethal Nocusara, the “Hidden Warriors,” legendary assassins and spies, are trained.
Years later, another orphan of mysterious provenance, a young man named Declan, earns his Masters rank as a weapons smith. Blessed with intelligence and skill, he unlocks the secret to forging King’s Steel, the apex of a weapon maker’s trade known by very few. Yet this precious knowledge is also deadly, and Declan is forced to leave his home to safeguard his life. Landing in Lord Daylon’s provinces, he hopes to start anew.
Soon, the two young men—an unknowing rightful heir to a throne and a brilliantly talented young swordsmith—will discover that their fates, and that of Garn, are entwined. The legendary, long-ago War of Betrayal has never truly ended . . . and they must discover the secret of who truly threatens their world.
B&N Sci-Fi also has an excerpt from the second chapter, in which Declan learns how to create the soul of the sword.
King of Ashes will be available May 8 from Harper Voyager.