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This remarkable first novel from award-winning short fiction writer Ken Scholes will take readers away to a new world – an Earth so far in the distant future that our time is not even a memory; a world where magick is commonplace and great areas of the planet are impassable wastes. But human nature hasn't changed through the ages: War and faith and love still move princes and nations.

In Lamentation, the first entry in the Psalm of Isaak series, an ancient weapon has completely destroyed the city of Windwir. From many miles away, Rudolfo, Lord of the Nine Forest Houses, sees the horrifying column of smoke rising. He knows that war is coming to the Named Lands.

Nearer to the Devastation, a young apprentice is the only survivor of the city – he sat waiting for his father outside the walls, and was transformed as he watched everyone he knew die in an instant.

Soon all the Kingdoms of the Named Lands will be at each others' throats, as alliances are challenged and hidden plots are uncovered.

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    This book is amazing. Science fiction at its best, a healthy dose of mediaeval intrigue and combat lightly sprinkled with tantalising science and a hint of fantasy. The book spins multiple stories into an addictive tale which weaves an inevitable yet unpredictable path to a stunning conclusion which leaves you gasping for your next hit. The writing is excellent, the style and characters brilliant and the backdrop a marvel to behold. The religious undertones are distinct and don't rankle but rather intrigue. This book is of the same quality as Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game" saga and Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. It is as brilliant and imaginative as George Martin's "Game of Thrones" but no where near as boring! 10/10, 5/5, 21/17 this series is amazing. Well done Ken Scholes. Ten points.


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