David B. Coe

Author of Fantasy Novels and the Occasional Short Story

The Dark-Eyes' War

The Blood Wars have begun again.

For nearly a thousand years, the Central Plain of the Southlands was the stage for a prolonged, bitter series of conflicts that nearly bled the land to death. The magical Qirsi of the western clanlands, with their strange magic, fought for dominance with the powerful Eandi sovereignties of the east. Children born in the shadow of the great wars were raised on hatred and violence and fear, until at last the Qirsi clans succeeded in driving the Eandi from the plain, and the wars gave way to a hard and uneasy peace.

But now, a plague conjured by a madwoman has struck at the Qirsi's magic, spreading across the land like wind-driven fires, and threatening to overwhelm the Fal'Borna, the powerful clan of sorcerers who hold the plain. In Qalsyn, Jenoe and Tirnya Onjaef, father and daughter, heirs to a shattered, abandoned throne, see in the suffering of the Fal'Borna an opportunity to retake their ancestral home. They gather an army, intending to march on the Qirsi, even at the risk of recommencing the bloodshed that has dominated the history of the Southlands.

Knowing that their swords and shields are no match for Qirsi magic, they enlist the aid of the Mettai, Eandi sorcerers who have long lived in exile, eschewing the conflicts of the white-hairs and dark-eyes. The warriors of Qalsyn do not know, however, that these Mettai carry into battle a secret of their own, a dark curse that twists their magic in ways they cannot anticipate. Nor do they realize that Torgan Plye, a merchant who has lost all his riches and who is desperate to save himself, has the will and the means to spread the plague even further.

Caught in the middle are Grinsa jal Arriet, his wife, Cresenne, and their daughter, Bryntalle,who have come to this strife-torn land from the Forelands, seeking a home where they can live in peace. They befriend Besh, an old Mettai man, and Sirj, the husband of Besh's daughter, who have pursued the Mettai madwoman from their village, and have used their magic to combat her deadly plague. Now Grinsa, Cresenne, Besh, and Sirj must find a way to prevent this new Blood War from overwhelming the land.

As the battle for the Southlands begins anew, unleashing creatures of myth and nightmare that have not roamed the land for hundreds of years, Grinsa and his companions must overcome magics they scarcely comprehend in order to save the people of the land from their own ancient hatreds. The future of the Southlands hangs in the balance, as the sins of previous generations wreak terrible consequences on both sides in a misbegotten war.

The Dark-Eyes' War is the third and final volume of Blood of the Southlands, the sequel to the critically acclaimed opening volumes, The Sorcerers' Plague and The Horsemen's Gambit.

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Praise for The Dark-Eyes' War, book III of Blood of the Southlands

"David B. Coe finishes off his Blood of the Southland series with a bang.

There were so many different threads that were introduced throughout this series that I had my doubts about how they would all come together. Coe eloquently brought together all threads in this novel. It was amazing to watch how every thread moved closer and closer to the epic battle.

The battle of magic that is present is really breath taking. There is enough description to actually get involved with the fight but it isn't overly detailed that it becomes boring. Coe really masters just how much to tell a reader without over telling a story . . .

After three novels a reader should feel so connected to the characters that are present within the story. In this final novel, there was so much connection with the characters that I really felt for every single character, good and bad. This is just an example of the one of many strengths in writing that Coe present's in his novels . . .

In the end, The Dark-Eyes War was everything that I imagined, and caused me to have plenty of nights reading way past my bed time. David B. Coe is a great example of a modern epic fantasy writer and really deserves more attention then he is given. The world he created and brought to readers is vivid and detailed, the characters are three dimensional, there are multiple story lines all twisted into one, and the magic battles are of epic proportions, it's everything a fantasy reader could want and more. And above all these are the reasons that I love David B Coe's writing." --http://fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com/

"The final chapter of the Blood of the Southlands series is satisfying. The characters Coe has invested so much time in continue to be the focal point, and all the loose ends are tied up neatly . . . Fans of the series will enjoy cozying up with their favorite -- and least favorite -- occupants of the Southlands." -- Romantic Times