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In an ambush by the Slave Traders, young Jason Cullinane’s friend and mentor Valeran is killed. In panic, Jason runs away.


While Jason’s friends and family don’t blame him, Jason feels overwhelming shame.  In an attempt to prove to himself and others that he is no longer a “coward”, he sets out to kill the leader of the Slaver’s Guild, who has been seeking revenge on Jason’s famous father, Karl Cullinane.  When Karl finds out about his son’s dangerous plans,  he leaves home on a rescue mission.  More complications arise and new challenges. 

The fourth novel in Joel Rosenberg’s bestselling ‘Guardians of the Flame’ series:


The Sleeping Dragon (#1)

The Sword and The Chain (#2)

The Silver Crown (#3)

The Heir Apparent (#4)

The Warrior Lives (#5)

Road to Ehvenor (#6)

The Road Home (#7)

Not Exactly the Three Musketeers (#8)

Not Quite Scaramouche (#9)

Not Really the Prisoner of Zenda (#10)

“A major star in the fantasy firmament.” 

- Mike Resnick, author of STALKING THE UNICORN

“One of the few writers I deliberately seek out . . . His splendid stories are intricate and fast-paced and exciting.”

- Dennis L. McKiernan, author of VOYAGE OF THE FOX RIDER

“If I see a book with Joel Rosenberg’s name on it, I buy it . . . His plots are fast-moving, meticulously crafted . . . his works are page-turners from first to last.”

- S.M. Stirling, author of MARCHING THROUGH GEORGIA

“One of the leading lights in fantasy.”

- William R. Forstchen

“Joel Rosenberg writes fantasy rich with intelligent humor and gritty, well-researched detail.”

- Janny Wurts

Joel Rosenberg (1954-2011) was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and was raised in eastern North Dakota and northern Connecticut. He attended the University of Connecticut, where he met and married Felicia Herman. 

Joel's occupations, before settling down to writing full-time, have run the usual gamut, including driving a truck, caring for the institutionalized retarded, bookkeeping, gambling, motel desk-clerking, and a two-week stint of passing himself off as a head chef.

Joel grew up reading Robert A. Heinlein, L. Sprague de Camp, Gordon R. Dickson and Rafael Sabatini, and found himself becoming a writer pretty much as a natural outcome of such early influences. His fantasy series include the New York Times bestselling “Guardians of the Flame” series, “Keepers of the Hidden Ways” series, “D’Shai” novels and two “Mordred’s Heirs” novels. He is survived by his wife Felicia and their daughters Judy and Rachel.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
20 August
Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.
Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.

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