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Bane and Shadow

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Bane and Shadow

Empire of Storms Series, Book 2
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A killer adventure fantasy follow-up to HOPE AND RED, set in a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, where two young people from different cultures find common purpose.


Red is being trained as a cold-blooded assassin by the biomancers. As he becomes increasingly embroiled in palace politics, he learns that even life among the nobility can be deadly.


While terrorizing imperial ships as the pirate Dire Bane, Hope stumbles onto a biomancer plot of such horrifying scope that it makes even the massacre of her childhood village seem small in comparison.


With the biomancers tightening their grip of fear over the empire, Hope and Red struggle to fill their new roles and responsibilities, but the cost will be greater than any of them realize.




The Empire of Storms series

Hope and Red

Bane and Shadow

A killer adventure fantasy follow-up to HOPE AND RED, set in a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, where two young people from different cultures find common purpose.


Red is being trained as a cold-blooded assassin by the biomancers. As he becomes increasingly embroiled in palace politics, he learns that even life among the nobility can be deadly.


While terrorizing imperial ships as the pirate Dire Bane, Hope stumbles onto a biomancer plot of such horrifying scope that it makes even the massacre of her childhood village seem small in comparison.


With the biomancers tightening their grip of fear over the empire, Hope and Red struggle to fill their new roles and responsibilities, but the cost will be greater than any of them realize.




The Empire of Storms series

Hope and Red

Bane and Shadow

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  • Jon Skovron is the author of several young adult novels and his short stories have appeared in publications such as ChiZine and Baen's Universe. He lives just outside Washington, D.C. with his two sons and two cats. The Empire of Storms is his first adult fantasy series.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 2, 2017
    Lovers Hope and Red (introduced in 2016’s Hope and Red) return in the ingenious second installment of the Empire of Storms trilogy, set in a fantasy world where an empire spreads across many lands and seas. No easing into the reintroduction: the entire crew of an imperial frigate is slaughtered in the first chapter, their piratical killers identified by clothing alone. For readers who do not immediately recognize Bleak Hope, Brigga Lin, and the rest, a quick refresher with the first volume is probably a good idea. Skovron’s pedal really hits the floor around chapter four, as Hope and her MacGyver-ish crew battle to recover Red, who’s been taken by the biomancers. His durance appears light: Red has become Lord Pastinas of the imperial court, and is a favorite of the heir, Prince Leston. Red’s defiance of his loathsome masters is continually challenged by discoveries of the unsuspected holds they have embedded in his body and mind. Hope, gnawed by self-doubt, has the satisfaction of more straightforward enemies to skewer and allies to bind. The story is very much a middle volume, coming to a stop rather than a conclusion, but it’s a tremendously satisfying segment of the journey. Agent: Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary Management.

  • RT Book Reviews, Top Pick on Bane and Shadow The trilogy continues with murder and mayhem written in a captivating style that is breathtaking. Unique appellations and ingenious description add flair and humor to this continuing saga.
  • Publishers Weekly on Bane and Shadow Hope and Red return in the ingenious second installment of the Empire of Storms trilogy . . . . a tremendously satisfying segment of the journey.
  • Sam Sykes on Hope and Red Furious where it needs to be, deceptively tender where it can get away with it, adventurous all around.
  • Sarah Beth Durst, author of The Queen of Blood Hope and Red is my favorite book of the year. Full of nonstop, irresistible adventure, it captures that wonderful classic epic fantasy feel, while introducing a fantastic pair of memorable new heroes. I can't wait for the sequel!
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