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I have 5 galley copies of the epic SF novel, Irenicon, by Aidan Harte, to give away to 5 lucky U.S. readers! Just leave a comment below, with your state mentioned, and I will choose the winners at random. Irenicon will go on sale at bookstores starting April 1, 2014. This Giveaway will run from now until midnight CT Friday, March 28, 2014.
What is Irenicon about? It’s 600 pages of alternate history suspense and action, the first book of Harte’s Wave Trilogy, and it blends magic with the sharp-edged glory and violence of the Italian Renaissance. In this alternate timeline, Christ was killed as an infant, and his mother became venerated in his stead. Fourteen centuries later, science has brought wonders to Italy, and terrors as well: the Concordian Empire launched the Wave against the city of Rasenna, its strongest enemy, leaving behind the Irenicon River to divide Rasenna geographically and politically. Contessa Sofia Scaligeri intends to strong-arm a reunion between the city’s feuding houses when she takes power on her upcoming 17th birthday. Enter Captain Giovanni, a young Concordian engineer whose work requires him to bridge the Irenicon for an imperial army, and who hopes to unite Rasenna using the bridge and a personal sacrifice. Sofia’s support of Giovanni makes them both targets of powerful enemies, former friends, and possibly the sentient Irenicon itself. Side characters often come across with more dimensions than Giovanni, but the depth and colorful maneuverings in Sofia’s story will keep historical and fantasy readers satisfied.
The river Irenicon is a feat of ancient Concordian engineering. Blasted through the middle of Rasenna in 1347, using Wave technology, it divided the only city strong enough to defeat the Concordian Empire. But no one could have predicted the river would become sentient—and hostile. Sofia Scaligeri, the soon-to-be Contessa of Rasenna, has inherited a city tearing itself apart from the inside. And try as she might, she can see no way of stopping the culture of vendetta that has the city in its grasp. Until a Concordian engineer arrives to build a bridge over the Irenicon, clarifying everything: the feuding factions of Rasenna can either continue to fight each other or they can unite against their shared enemy. And they will surely need to stand together—for Concord is about to unleash the Wave again.
If you are a fan of world-building, then this book is for you! Irenicon is gorgeously rendered, and the fantasy landscape is remarkable for its depth of description and the vivid details the author includes.
Irenicon is set in a world where Herod was successful in murdering Christ as a child. The parallel world of Irenicon is a skewed one, but the author makes it seem believable. Oh, and did I mention, there’s kung fu in it, as well? One reviewer at amazon calls it “an Italian-flavoured Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
Irenicon is a great book, destined to be a classic — and you can get your hands on a galley copy of it FREE, by winning 1 of the 5 galley copies I’m giving away! Just leave your name , a comment, and your state below. If you are chosen as one of the winners, I will get in contact with you via your email address to get your shipping address.
Written by: Douglas Cobb