the Crimson Sword

Book One of the Legend of Asahiel

Summary

At the dawn of the Age of Man, the eve of his destruction is at hand . . .

The Age of Man has begun. Gone are the elves and dwarves, orcs and trolls, and other creatures of legend. Having driven the “undesirables” from their lands, the kingdoms of the island continent of Pentania have started a new chapter in human history. The gods are a myth, magic is a forsaken art, and the avatars, shepherds of the races, have faded into the mists of time. Now, mankind will rule. But they are not alone.

When the king of Alson is assassinated and the capital besieged by a nefarious wizard, even the remote village of Diln is not immune from the chaos and terror that sweep the realm. Torn from his home, young Jarom begins a dangerous journey to ask for aid against the implacable usurper.

But soon the machinations of a mysterious council lead Jarom to a seemingly preordained quest: to find one of the mythical Swords of Asahiel, the divine talismans used by the elven avatars in the forging of the earth itself. He must do so not only to establish himself as a leader for his people, but to help save a fledgling, quarrelsome mankind. For the Demon Queen Spithaera has awakened from the Abyss, and humanity is about to learn how very powerless it can be against the ancient terrors of the world.

And whether real or imagined, destiny is not so easily claimed.

"Eldon Thompson wields more than just a little magic in his debut novel. This captivating tale will have you turning the pages late into the night. Don't fail to get in on the ground floor of what promises to be an exciting series."
Terry Brooks
(Shannara)

Publisher: HarperCollins (Eos)
Editor: Diana Gill
Cover Art: Koveck
First Edition Hardcover: May 3, 2005
ISBN: 0060741503
Mass Market Reprint: April 25, 2006
ISBN: 0060741511