An author plucked from the pile.
A manuscript that demanded to be read
Deborah Kalin burst onto the international fantasy scene with her unsolicited but critically acclaimed debut, Shadow Queen, last year. The long awaited sequel, Shadow Bound, is finally here to conclude Matilde's tale and The Binding series for fantasy lovers everywhere.
In winning back her throne from her conquerer husband, Dieter, Matilde of the House of Svanaten has swapped one leash for another...
Sidonius, the man she has been forced to swear a vow of vassalage to in exchange for his military support, is the famed slave-born general of the Ilthean empire, and has conquered every land he's invaded - including Matilde's.
Worse, although Dieter has fled, he is not yet defeated. His forces launch strike after strike, sorely testing Matilde's new and uncertain hold on power. Every day he remains uncaptured drives Matilde deeper into the debt of the Ilthean empire.
And the empire does not look kindly on vassals who try to secede. But Matilde does not look kindly on those who would bind her to their will - and Sidonius has under-estimated her ...
Praise for Shadow Queen
"This is strong, tense, economical yet poetic writing by first-time author Kalin, and her Roman-medieval-fantasy world is harsh and treacherous. Gripping. Highly recommended". - Jenny Hal, The Sun Herald"Kalin's writing is assured and keeps the reader involved". - Scott Moore, The Adelaide Advertiser.
"A solid debut, offering a quick read and a fast pace". - Jason Nahrung, The Courier Mail.
Shadow Bound is Deborah Kalin's second novel, and the sequel to Shadow Queen. Deborah won a university medal in Chemical Engineering and started out practising in this field. Such was her dedication to becoming a published author, however, that she decided to give up her profession and do administrative work to allow her to devote her energy to writing. She now lives in Melbourne where she works as a patents examiner.
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Author: Deborah Kalin