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The Free

By Brian Ruckley

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From the bestselling author of Winterbirth comes a magnificent new epic fantasy about The Free - the most feared and revered band of mercenaries the kingdom has ever known . . .

They are the most feared mercenary company the kingdom has ever known.

Led by Yulan, their charismatic captain, the Free have spent years selling their martial and magical skills to the highest bidder - winning countless victories that shook the foundations of the world. Now they finally plan to lay down their swords.

Yet when Yulan is offered a final contract, he cannot refuse - for the mission offers him the chance to erase the memories of the Free's darkest hour, which have haunted him for years.

As The Free embark on their last mission, a potent mix of loyalty and vengeance is building to a storm. Freedom, it seems, carries a deadly price.

Biographical Notes

Brian Ruckley lives in Edinburgh. He has worked for a series of organisations dealing with environmental and youth development issues, but now writes full-time.

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  • ISBN: 9780356501956
  • Publication date: 14 Oct 2014
  • Page count: 480
  • Imprint: Orbit
The Free is a blast to read, merging the standard medieval fantasy with Seven Samurai, complete with phenomenal set pieces of warfare and magic — Justin Landon
Mesmerising, magical and human — Publishers Weekly - Starred Review
Wonderfully composed action scenes and a thrilling climax — The Bookbag
Deliberate pacing, complicated characters and vivid descriptions elevate this far above run-of-the-mill epic fantasy — Library Journal - starred review
An engaging mix of action and introspection . . . A gripping read — Graeme's SFF
A well-written, tightly-woven and exciting adventure — Bookwraiths
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