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“The Augerans are coming. And their ships are sailing in on a red tide.
The Rubyholt Isles are a shattered nation of pirate-infested islands and treacherous waterways shielding the seaboards of Erin Elal and the Sabian League, a region even dragons fear to trespass.
The Augerans beseech the Warlord of the Isles, seeking passage for their invasion fleet through Rubyholt territory. But they are sailing into troubled waters. Their enemies have sent agents to sabotage the negotiations, and to destroy the Augeran fleet by any means necessary.
The emperor of Erin Elal seeks to forge an alliance with the Storm Lords, hoping to repulse the Augerans with a united front. But the battle lines are not as clearly drawn as it first appears, for the emira of the Storm Isles mistrusts the Erin Elalese as much as she does their common enemy. And the Augerans might just be planning a little sabotage of their own.
But nothing in the realm of mortals escapes the notice of their meddling gods; every step they take is shadowed; and every choice they make is ensnared in a web so subtle and vast, its true shape may be fathomed only when it is far, far too late.”
Reviews & Plaudits
“Although the fighting picks up practically from the first page, what drives the convincing and impressively sustained action sequences are the witty style, splendid minor characters, ingenious magics, and, above all, lead characters with deeply obscured motives and no reason to trust anybody else ... Another stunning, self-contained yarn that firmly establishes Turner in the fantasy front ranks.” – Kirkus starred review
"An adventure packed with pirates, political subterfuge, wars of revenge, and meddling gods ... Turner is fast becoming one of the most interesting voices in modern epic fantasy." – Barnes & Noble
"10/10 - A triumph in storytelling."– Starburst Magazine
"Marc Turner is without doubt one of the most talented fantasy authors to have debuted in recent years. His latest offering, Red Tide, is the thrilling third chapter in the Chronicles of the Exile, and is guaranteed to leave fans of this series absolutely blown away ... Turner’s star is on the rise: Red Tide is his strongest outing to date, and one of the finest fantasy novels of 2016."– Fantasy Faction
"May well result in Marc's first Gemmell Legend Award for best fantasy novel ... Red Tide deserves to be on top of your TBR list." – Booknest.eu
"Full of unforgettable characters, shocking scenes [and] amazing plot twists ... My pick for best fantasy of 2016." – Bookwraiths Reviews
"10/10 - Marc Turner's best book yet ... The series gets stronger with each instalment." – Speculative Herald
"Epic in scope and meticulous in detail, this third book in Turner's spellbinding Chronicles of the Exile is sure to keep fans riveted from the first scene ... But what makes this book and series so effective is the complexity of each individual character, whose journeys are sympathetic, and whose interactions are as absorbing as the enormous battles and vast landscapes. Overall, this is a book to savor." – RT Book Reviews
"Mr. Turner’s world building skills are top notch and I expect an award nomination for this or one of his future tales." – Philadelphia Weekly Press
"Fresh and exciting ... Turner's Chronicles of the Exile series is quickly becoming one of my favorites. It is a series that you can't miss." – Speculative Book Review
Once a year on Dragon Day the fabled Dragon Gate is raised to let a sea dragon pass into the Sabian Sea. There, it will be hunted by the Storm Lords, a fellowship of powerful water-mages who rule an empire called the Storm Isles.
Emira Imerle Polivar is coming to the end of her tenure as leader of the Storm Lords, but she has no intention of standing down graciously. As part of her plot to hold on to power, she instructs an order of priests known as the Chameleons to sabotage the Dragon Gate. There’s just one problem: that will require them to infiltrate an impregnable citadel that houses the gate’s mechanism — a feat that has never been accomplished before.
But Imerle is not the only one intent on destroying the Storm Lord dynasty. As the Storm Lords assemble in answer to a mysterious summons, they become the targets of assassins working for an unknown enemy. And when Imerle sets her scheme in motion, that enemy uses the ensuing chaos to play its hand.
Dragon Hunters takes place in a different part of the same story world as When the Heavens Fall, and features a new set of characters. You can therefore read it even if you haven’t already read book one in the series.
"Dragon Hunters has more of everything we loved in When the Heavens Fall: rich world-building, compelling characters, and an epic scope." – Barnes & Noble
"A fantastic novel ... Smart, fun, full of adventure and with an explosive finale." – Fantasy Faction
"A beautifully detailed story, full of intrigue and corruption ... This novel has firmly put Marc Turner as one of the best newcomers in fantasy. We look forward to seeing his The Chronicles of the Exile becoming further developed. Marc Turner is what the fantasy genre has been looking for." – STARBURST Magazine
"A cracking action fantasy with plenty of magic." – Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of The Shadows of the Apt series
"Plenty of surprises, stunningly inventive magics, witty dialogue, and flashes of bleak humor amid the carnage ... A yarn that [will] delight and enthrall." – Kirkus
"So what did I love about this book? Everything (seriously). From its scintillating action through to its intelligent and enthralling narrative and dialogue, Dragon Hunters is a roller coaster ride filled with intensity and glory ... Turner has impressed me so much that he has now been added to the list of authors whose work I will always buy." – Smash Dragons
"I loved it ... [Turner's] world-building was fantastic. I can close my eyes and picture the scene at the Dragon Gate, with the dragons thrashing in the water below or blink and be walking through the underwater tunnel leading to the throne room, then blink again and be in the alley at the scene of a murder or on the rooftop looking over the city ... I can’t wait to revisit this world and see what else it has to offer!" – SFcrowsnest
"Turner’s second Chronicle of the Exile novel features the same wildly imaginative settings, wonderfully empathetic characters, troublesome magic and high-stakes adventures that made his debut such a success. He balances an enormous setting and legendary monsters with flashes of insight and humor that keep the story consistently captivating, all while crafting a battle of wits and determination that builds to a riveting climax. New readers will most likely be able to enjoy this book, but it is definitely worth reading both books in this winning series to appreciate the full scope of Turner’s impressive ingenuity." – RT Book Reviews
"Turner’s Lands of the Exile rival George R.R. Martin’s Westeros in their depth and complexity. Fans of fantasy will love Dragon Hunters. In fact, it might be the perfect way to whet the appetites of fans waiting for the upcoming Warcraft movie. Turner has truly set the stage for an epic fantasy series that, in only its second volume, is getting hotter and hotter." – Dark Media Online
"Dragon Hunters is another intricate and fascinating fantasy in The Chronicles of the Exile. While it is somewhat a sequel to When the Heavens Fall, it can easily be read on its own, though you'll probably then be too addicted to not go back and read book one. If you enjoy addictively readable fantasies with many interweaving points-of-view, this is a series not to miss!" – On Starships and Dragonwings
"The sea dragons are, of course, the main attraction here, and it’s well worth the wait for them to appear on the scene. Their presence has mythological as well as political implications, and in a book where political schemes are almost as serpentine as the dragons themselves, that leaves them a large role to play ... Dragon Hunters maintains the same dark sense of humor and epic scope of imagination that made [the first book] so enjoyable." – Speculative Herald
"Dragon Hunters is an exceptionally absorbing epic fantasy novel that is filled with magic, intrigue, greed and corruption ... What Marc Turner has achieved in Dragon Hunters is - honestly - nothing short of amazing because the story immediately pulls you in and you'll find yourself wholly captivated by it ... A masterfully created and delightfully complex story." – Rising Shadow
"Marc Turner masterfully spins an exciting and cohesive tale of nautical adventure [that] captured my imagination from the start ... I desperately need to get my hands on the next installment! Marc Turner has completely sold me on his excellent world building and characters, and I can’t wait to see what’s next in Red Tide, The Chronicles of the Exile part three." – Bibliosanctum
"Dragon Hunters stands alone beautifully, telling a highly entertaining, gripping adventure which I was loathe to finish ... It is incredibly fast-paced. I love that all story arcs converge to the same location and collide in the book’s climactic battle, when numerous smaller conflicts come together to create a big BOOM." – A Fantastical Librarian
"A complex, engrossing book that pulled me in right from the first page all the way up until it’s climactic conclusion ... This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, thoroughly enjoyable, a top quality, highly recommended read for any fantasy fan out there!" – The Tattooed Book Geek
The first of an epic swords & sorcery fantasy series for fans of Steven Erikson, When the Heavens Fall features gritty characters, deadly magic, and meddlesome gods.
If you pick a fight with Shroud, the Lord of the Dead, you had better make sure you end up on the winning side, else death will mark only the beginning of your suffering.
A book that gives its wielder power over the dead has been stolen from a fellowship of mages that has kept the powerful relic dormant for centuries. The thief, a crafty, power-hungry necromancer, intends to use the Book of Lost Souls to resurrect an ancient race and challenge Shroud for dominion of the underworld. Shroud counters by sending his most formidable servants to seize the artifact at all cost.
However, the god is not the only one interested in the Book, and a host of other forces converge, drawn by the powerful magic that has been unleashed. Among them is a reluctant Guardian who is commissioned by the Emperor to find the stolen Book, a troubled prince who battles enemies both personal and political, and a young girl of great power, whose past uniquely prepares her for an encounter with Shroud. The greatest threat to each of their quests lies not in the horror of an undead army but in the risk of betrayal from those closest to them. Each of their decisions comes at a personal cost and will not only affect them, but also determine the fate of their entire empire.
Reviews & Plaudits
"[The] satisfying plot displays enough original elements to make it intriguing. The characters, whose personalities drive the narrative as much as the clash of magics, battle through page after relentless page of grim, desperate, surprising, and often enthralling action. Equally satisfying, the ending wraps things up without annoying and taunting cliffhangers. A splendid launch. Turner's unquestionably a newcomer to watch." – Kirkus starred review
"[Turner’s] mythology and histories are vibrant; his characters are complex and multifaceted. Even at a hefty 544 pages, it’s a fast-paced read, thanks to strong storytelling and compelling plot ... This is a promising first installment in a series that should appeal to fans of the politics and epic battles of Game of Thrones and the magic and myth-making of The Lord of the Rings. Even better: there are dragons on the horizon—the sequel, Dragon Hunters, will be out next year." – Barnes & Noble
"With the quality of the storytelling, it is likely that this novel is going to find its place with fans of Joe Abercrombie and Steven Erikson. The characters are dark, which has become a distinguishing feature of epic fantasy, and the inclusion of troublesome gods allows for a story that is well developed with the potential to become one of the go-to books of the genre." – STARBURST Magazine
"It's hard to see how Turner might improve on this opener ... The characters move with snappy dialogue and even snappier fight scenes at a pace that is undulating with enough variety of characterisation for every reader to pick a favourite ... The novel is complete as it stands. Splendidly so, which means it comes with a stamp of approving recommendation." – Fantasy Book Review
"A tremendous book. Highly recommended." – Speculative Book Review
"This has all the hallmarks of a classic epic fantasy, with grand battles, perilous quests, powerful gods and monsters, and wonderfully colorful characters, all of which contribute to a story that is quickly engrossing and thoroughly imaginative. – RT Book Reviews
"High fantasy is given a grimdark twist and the best of both is brought to the table. Turner's magical world let me recapture the sense of wonder that drew me to fantasy as a child without sacrificing maturity, which is no mean feat ... The climax is as satisfying as you could ask for." – Grimdark Magazine
"This is a very complicated story and we are reminded of Erikson. There is complexity of character and motive and story and everything slowly weaves and interweaves together until all is in the same place at the same time. Chilling and captivating. We loved it and would seek out more by this Turner fellow." – Fantastic Stories
"I loved reading When the Heavens Fall. The writing is fantastic, the plot is captivating, and the characters feel real. This is perfect for fantasy fans." – Manhattan Book Review
"Marc Turner has created a powerful fantasy where mystery and magic pervade each character, each quest, each corner of a vast and vibrant world. Political alliances, divine allegiances, and personal agendas weave thrillingly complex patterns through the lands of the living and the dead. The battles and betrayals that fill the pages of When the Heavens Fall are truly epic in their scope and impact." – Brian Staveley, author of The Emperor’s Blades
“Marc Turner's WHEN THE HEAVENS FALL is a beautifully imagined and complex tale of gods and guardians, death magic and costly healing, betrayal and tainted honor. Gritty and dark, the scope of Turner's world will keep readers rapt and nervous--which is the hallmark of great world building.” — Elizabeth Haydon, author of The Merchant Emperor
“A compelling read brimming with magic and action, scheming and intrigue. WHEN THE HEAVENS FALL is an impressive debut. I look forward to more tales from Marc Turner.” — D.B. Jackson, author of the Thieftaker Chronicles
“What a great read! Characters the reader cares deeply about get caught up in a truly titanic struggle, the action becomes breakneck-swift, and the battles leap off the page. Love, revenge, devious gods, legions of undead, great sacrifice—this one has it all! Good old-fashioned swords & sorcery, turned up a notch. It was a pleasure to read.” — Ed Greenwood, creator of Forgotten Realms
"An extremely strong debut ... Overall, When the Heavens Fall is a very strong start to a new, gothic sword and sorcery series. I have a feeling this is going to be a hit with fantasy fans of all types. Definitely recommended." — Civilian Reader
"Swords and sorcery; cloak and dagger; myth and legend – Marc Turner’s debut novel When the Heavens Fall is full to brimming with these perfect pairs, masterfully painting an epic world full of intriguing lore and complex characters." — Bookshelf Bombshells
"This is a dark, epic novel. There are heroes and villains, intrigue and combat, mystery and magic; all of it set in a very intricately detailed world with a living history that springs to life before your eyes. The web Mr. Turner weaves here is large and complex, but ... everything slowly clicks into place like a huge jigsaw puzzle being solved and ends with a truly mesmerizing conclusion." — Bookwraiths
"This story delivers a profound tale to its readers, with seriously complex characters, who set out on an arduous and difficult adventure. The entire, impeccably written, story happens in a wonderfully built world that drives the story. The detail is in all the right places, painting vivid settings, and personalities." — Word Gurgle
"Marc Turner wrote a damn fine book." — Fantasy Review Barn