Waiting On Wednesday - The Pillars of Sand by Mark T. Barnes

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

The Pillars of Sand by Mark T. Barnes
Expected publication: May 20th 2014 by 47north

Prophecy declared that corrupt politician Corajidin would rule the ShrÄ«anese Federation, even become its new Emperor—and sinister magic has helped him defy death in order to do it. But his victory is not assured, thanks to clashing rival factions that hinder any attempts to unify the nation. Though he has taken increasingly brutal measures to eliminate all obstacles in his path, the dark forces supporting him grow dangerously impatient. And the harder they press, the more drastic Corajidin’s actions become.

Soon, only his most powerful adversaries will stand in his way: Indris, the peerless swordsman and sorcerer who has long fought to end the Federation’s bloody turmoil; and the warrior-poet Mari, Corajidin’s own daughter and the woman Indris loves. Fate has torn them apart, forcing them into terrifying personal trials. But if Indris can bring to bear the devastating knowledge of the Pillars of Sand, and Mari can rise up as a rebel leader, Corajidin’s enemies will rally—and the decisive battle for the soul and future of the ShrÄ«anese will begin.

This epic tale of intrigue, love, and betrayal, painted in the blood of allies and enemies by Mark T. Barnes, concludes the Echo of Empire trilogy that began with The Garden of Stones and The Obsidian Heart.

This may just be my first back-to-back series read of the year. While Echoes of Empire was always on my radar, I never quite managed to make time for The Garden of Stones, much less The Obsidian Heart. I'm intrigued, however, and am looking forward to giving the series a read. Back-to-back-to-back worked for the likes of Mark Lawrence and Peter V Brett last year, so let's see if Barnes can recapture the magic.


  1. Sounds like a good fantasy with a hint of science fiction.

  2. Not my genre but i hope you enjoy it when you get it!

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  3. I have The Garden of Stones but I haven't gotten to it yet. Definitely on my radar, especially if the books continue to be available in the Prime lending library.

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