Book 1 of the Heart of The World
"Completely absorbing... I just couldn't put it down." - Glen Cook, Author of the Black Company novels
"Farlander turns out to be something special ... The story grips from the astonishing opening sequence to the unexpected conclusion." - The Times
"A truly exceptional book." - David Drake, author of Legions of Fire
"Col Buchanan's debut novel is gripping... Delightfully undermines expectations." - SFX
"A fast-moving novel that, for all its fantasy elements, explosively addresses the universal questions facing any society. " - L.E. Modesitt, Jr, author of Imager's Intrigue
Stands a Shadow
Book 2 of the Heart of The World.
"The novel is nigh-impossible to put down ... even better than the author's debut. Engaging and addictive, Stands a Shadow is one of the best novels I've read this year. " - Civilian Reader
"Like its predecessor, this is fantasy of the highest order - reminiscent of George R.R. Martin. Compelling writing and a pulsing plot. " - Book Geeks
"One of the most refreshing fantasies out there." - SFX
"The story will sneak up on you - yes, like an assassin - and before you realize it, it'll be early in the morning, your eyes will be bloodshot, and tears will be running down your face. I absolutely adored the unconventional hero Ash." - Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble.com
Bahn had climbed the Mount of Truth many times in his life. It was a green, broad-shouldered hill with gentle slopes, not overly high; yet that morning, hiking up the path that wound its way towards the flattened summit, it seemed steeper than it ever had before. He could not fathom why. "Bahn," said Marlee by his side...
Col Buchanan Interview
Your debut novel, Farlander, was recently released in the US (2010 in the UK); the second in your Heart of the World series - Stands A Shadow - will be published later this year. How would you introduce a new reader to your series and the world in which it is set?
Combining old world technology and weaponry with the relatively modern pistol and gunpowder; Farlander is an amalgamation of historical eras in human history. The Empire of Mann is set on devouring the world. It gorges greedily on those continents already abased; whilst striving ever forward in its insatiable lust for more. The Mannians have, however, hit a snag - Bar-Khos, one of the Free Ports ...
Stands A Shadow Review
Still grieving the death of her son, the Holy Matriarch of Mann has ordered her troops to embark on a mission to the Mercian Free Ports. Riding at the head of her army she plans to finally conquer the city of Bar-Khos, whose walls have kept them at bay for ten long years ...
Although I've written in length over the last decade about how we're in the midst of a glorious Golden Age of paranormal fantasy, the same could be said for epic fantasy. In the last few years, we've been blessed with some extraordinary fantasy sagas that will undoubtedly go down as towering classics - namely ...