cover image The Shadow of What Was Lost

The Shadow of What Was Lost

James Islington. Orbit, $26 (704p) ISBN 978-0-316-27409-8

An ancient evil’s reawakening threatens a fantasy land where magic has been proscribed in Islington’s epic fantasy debut. Fifteen-year-old Davian of Andarra is one of the Gifted, able to tap into magical essence. Unfortunately, Davian was born after the civil war that destroyed the powerful Augurs, and now the Gifted are bound by laws that prevent them from using their powers freely. As a mysterious figure threatens the protective boundary wall in the north, Davian learns he is the last of the Augurs, and it’s up to him to help repair the wall before it’s too late. Davian is joined in his quest by friends Wirr and Asha, who prove to be more than they seem. They’ll need all the luck they can muster, as various political and magical forces are trying to use them for their own purposes. Islington has built a world with all the right genre elements: complex magic, terrifying threats out of legend, political intrigue, and a large cast of characters whose motivations are seldom clear. Fans of doorstop epic fantasy will not be disappointed. (Nov.)