“A great start to a series and one that I’ll be sticking with.” – Falcata Times

Heartwood by Freya RobertsonChonrad, Lord of Barle, comes to the fortified temple of Heartwood for the Congressus peace talks, which Heartwood’s holy knights have called in an attempt to stave off war in Anguis. But the Arbor, Heartwood’s holy tree, is failing, and because the land and its people are one, it is imperative the nations try to make peace.

After the Veriditas, or annual Greening Ceremony, the Congressus takes place. The talks do not go well and tempers are rising when an army of warriors emerges from the river. After a fierce battle, the Heartwood knights discover that the water warriors have stolen the Arbor’s heart. For the first time in history, its leaves begin to fall…

The knights divide into seven groups and begin an epic quest to retrieve the Arbor, and save the land.

File Under: Fantasy [ Heart of Wood | An Epic Quest | Fields of Blood | Knights Abroad ]

Covert Art: Alejandro Colucci
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Book Info:
The First Book in the Elemental Wars Series

UK Print
Date: 7th November 2013
ISBN: 9780857663856
Format: Medium (B-Format) Paperback
R.R.P.: £8.99

US/CAN Print
Date: 29th October 2013
ISBN: 9780857663863
Format: Large (Trade) Paperback
R.R.P.: US$14.99 CAN$16.99

Date: 29th October 2013
ISBN: 9780857663870
Format: Epub & Mobi
R.R.P.: £5.49 / US$6.99

Other Books in This Series:

2. Sunstone (World: April 2014)

Buying Info:

UK Print & Ebook
Amazon.co.uk | Book Depository | Waterstones | WHSmith

North American Print & Ebook
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | BarnesandNoble.com | IndieBound.org

DRM-Free Epub Ebook
Robot Trading Company

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Praise and Reviews:

“Excellent mise-en-scene and detail; egalitarian society at heart of novel most welcome…a promising start from new fantasy writer Freya Robertson” 4 stars
– Paul Weimer, SF Signal

“You like your fantasy, with adventure and death. This is for you. And with a twist to environment as well!”
My World in Words and Pages

“A story that entices and captivates from the very first chapter, and beyond… Robertson has created something really special with the world of Anguis and with all of its ecological and chronological functions etc. Nothing has been left out and the conveyance of this is remarkable.” 9/10
– Sleepless Musings

“And then there are the…oh I so wanna tell you. It was a great revelation. Very intriguing. Well done, and you will know when you have read it.”
Books for Life

“All round a great start to a series and one that I’ll be sticking with alongside each subsequent release. Great stuff.”
Falcata Times

“Robertson’s world building was spot on. Looking for an epic novel with a fresh and new take? This. is. it.” 4/5
Books with Tien

“The story was compelling… I enjoyed the intricacies of the story and how detailed the world was. …I would definitely recommend this book.”
HStoffel Book Reviews

“Plot is gripping and the characters are great”
– Upcoming4Me

“The world of Anguis is a beautiful one, and I love the way the religion is bound into it and the characters so deeply and how Robertson explores that.”
Worlds Without End

“An ambitious novel that takes some time to build up, yet ultimately an impressive feat of storytelling featuring rich world-building and a story on an epically massive scale”
– Bibliosanctum

The character development was very good and that kind of swung my opinion in a favorable direction. The scene descriptions were also very well done.” – Koeur’s Book Reviews

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