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Colin Buchanan was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, in 1973. The one constant in his life has been his love of writing. It was writing that lead him to his adopted home of Lancaster, England, where he gained a First in Creative Writing & Religious Studies at the University of Cumbria. In recent years he has mostly settled down, and loves nothing more than a late-night gathering around a fire with good friends. Farlander is the first in his fantasy series.

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Colin Buchanan was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, in 1973. From an early age he turned to reading and writing fantastical works to escape his troubles. In school he was the quiet dreamer who always sought out the back of the classroom. Later, in his stretches of work as a copywriter, he would be the quiet dreamer who always sought out the back of the office. In recent years he has mostly settled down, and loves nothing more than a late-night gathering around a fire with good friends.

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The Holy Empire of Mann, a bloody, hedonistic religion worshipping self-indulgence and excess, rules much of the world. Yet when the son of the Holy Matriarch callously murders a young woman, a member of the elite group of assassin-protectors known as the Ro_shun vows to avenge her death by slaying the murderer. Sent to accomplish the task, an aging veteran and his young apprentice face the wrath of a vicious empire and must make decisions that lead to justice and bloodshed. Buchanan depicts a dark, brooding world in which men and women struggle to live lives of moral integrity in a society that encourages cruelty and nihilistic pleasures. VERDICT Strong storytelling underpins this grim fantasy debut, the beginning of a series that promises more powerful tales set in an unusual world. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Set in an impressively imagined war-ravaged world in which the island of Khos has suffered a decade-long siege, Buchanan's debut focuses on the stories of individuals representing the different sides of war. Ash is a member of the elite Roshun, whose role is to seek vengeance for those who have been murdered. His apprentice, Nico, was raised from living on the streets to the ranks of the Roshun. Kirkus, the indolent heir to the aggressive Mann Empire, is given a thoughtful, well-rounded portrayal even as he murders a priest's daughter who is protected by the Roshun, throwing the world into chaos. The inclusion of gunpowder and airships nod to recent steampunk trends, though many of the standard epic fantasy elements remain. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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