Last of the Tasburai
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‘We are the last of the Tasburai. We have to keep the faith.’
The kingdoms of Avantolia are in trouble but they don’t know it yet: war is brewing amongst them, while their ancient enemies, the Magrog demon-masters, are poised to invade.
The legendary Tasburai warriors once guarded the kingdoms, but now their elite order triggers more fear than respect. Grandmaster and elite swordfighter Suri-Yi must come to terms with the ghosts of her past and find the courage to revive the Tasburai as a force for good, not a tool of persecution.
Along with her gifted but volatile apprentice Adan, she must rebel against the tyranny of her one-time masters and liberate the people from oppression. She and Adan must stop the Avanist Republic exporting revolution to the kingdoms and along the way come to the aid of a spoilt princess, a feisty young thief and an army captain with no self-belief.
Redemption for past evil calls – but it may have to wait until present evil is defeated. Time is running out …
“Valour, vanity, vengeance” The National
“A new superhero is born. An impressive mixture of time-tested fantasy and fresh additions.” Gulf News
“Khan’s flowing penmanship and savoir-faire give each character a unique feature and voice.” Bookfabulous
“A promising epic fantasy series, with diverse characters and a solid storyline.” – Kirkus Indie Reviews
"All in all a speedy entertaining read, reverberating with engrossing deeper meaning" - Buzzing Tales
Publication Date: Jun 24 2014
ISBN/EAN13: 1497471389 / 9781497471382
Page Count: 362
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 5.06" x 7.81"
Color: Black and White
Related Categories: Fiction/Fantasy/General
Scream of the Tasburai
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The Magrog and their terrifying demons have crossed the Black Sea to invade the land of Avantolia. Kingdoms have fallen. Others will fall.
Tasburai apprentice Adan, reeling from the horror of having killed his best friend, must journey into the heart of Magrog territory to rid himself of the malevolent entity lurking within him. His claim to the throne of Avantolia will have to wait.
Degraded to the status of a slave, Princess Elsta seeks to be reunited with her true Prince and reclaim her dominion. Captain Rikard, reluctant military leader of Kronnoburg, feels as if his luck is about to run out. Spirited thief Ylva, sent south for her own protection, discovers a hidden threat endangering the whole world …
Meanwhile, through the fog and chaos of war, it becomes clear to Grandmaster Suri-Yi of the Tasburai Order, that there is only one way to halt the madness of her time: she must unleash the Scream, an ancient weapon of mass destruction which brings terrible consequences in its wake.
Will Suri-Yi, against the wishes of her peers, wield the weapon? Or is there another way to stop the war to end all wars?
A Tudor Turk (Feb 2019)
Istanbul, 1591- and Sultan Murad III, the mightiest ruler in the world, has been robbed. The Staff of Moses has been stolen from his private collection of religious artefacts in the Topkapi Palace, right from under his imperial nose. The wooden Staff, held by Moses as he parted the Red Sea, is a magical symbol of power worth a king’s ransom – and the furious Sultan wants it back.
A small undercover unit of hand-picked, trusted warriors is hastily assembled to track down the thieves. They are the ‘Rüzgar’ – the ‘Wind’ – and like the wind, they travel silently and unseen.
Awa, the studious daughter of a noble family from the Songhai Empire in west Africa, was kidnapped and enslaved by Moroccans after the disastrous Battle of Tondibi. Awa is a whirling and deadly force when she has a scimitar in her hand – although killing is contrary to her beliefs. Will, aged 16, is a galley slave on board a Moroccan warship; he was snatched from London at the age of 5. Joining the Rüzgar turns him into a man. He and Awa become fast friends. The other comrades are Turkish, Greek and Albanian, all led by the charismatic Bosnian Mehmed Konjic, a wise counsellor and natural hero.
The Rüzgar’s pursuit of a network of rogues takes them across continents and into many perilous situations. The action is fast – think Mission Impossible in the 16th Century, big fights, situations requiring a Houdini to escape from . . .and thrilling backdrops including deserts, oceans, dungeons, the roofs of the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, the canals of Venice, a gladiator’s arena, the court of Queen Elizabeth I. Think too of a throng of different peoples colourfully dressed under the ever-present sun, and faraway England just a rainy outpost.
And think too of the Earl of Rothminster, the aristocratic spider spinning his sinister web to ensnare the Staff and those who pursue it, and thus make the task to reclaim it a mission that is (almost) impossible . . .