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When vengeance isn't enough . . .
Riding at the head of her army, Holy Matriarch of Mann plans to conquer the fortress city of Bar-Khos, whose walls have held the empire at bay for ten long years of siege. Ash is a man who would see her dead before that. The ailing Roshun assassin is determined to seek vengeance for the Matriarch's previous crimes. But such a course of retribution goes against everything his life has taught him.
Meanwhile, Ché, a trained killer of the state, watches as the Mannian army slaughters their way across the remnants of the free world, and questions whether he believes the doctrines he has been trained to follow.
With the battle for the Free Ports intensifying, more lives are drawn into the bloody conflict: Bahn, the siege-shocked soldier; and Curl, a young woman determined to make a stand even if it costs her life. When the two armies clash all looks set to be decided. But sheer force alone will not be enough to win this war. Only the gruelling determination of one man seeking redemption may be enough to sway the final outcome . . .
This is a reissue of Stands a Shadow, the second novel in the Heart of the World series by Col Buchanan, following on from Farlander.
Buchanan continues the story of the Roshun assassin Ash, introduced in Farlander , who has successfully killed the Matriarch's son, but grieves the loss of his apprentice, Nico. Ash sets about gaining retribution against the background of the Mann Empire's continuing siege of the island city Bar-Khos. As a large cast of characters navigate a complicated plot, the story changes viewpoints a little too frequently to build up narrative continuity or cohesiveness. The quick shifts also make it difficult to build any sympathy for such unlikable people as the callous Diplomat Ch . More concerned with the movements of military forces and portraying a complex world than with action, the book has a leisurely pace atypical of military fantasies, feeling more like an epic quest without a well-defined goal.