Raine is seventeen-years-old and still on the run. She can see the dead, a secret that could get her killed. Seeking refuge with a deluded cult is her latest bad decision but rescuing an injured woman in the snow is soon revealed to be a horrific mistake. Hazia endangers not just Raine, but the whole world: she’s escaped from Redwinter, fortress-monastery of the Draoihn, the warrior magicians who answer to no king or queen of the land, but to their own Grand Master. They will stop at nothing to retrieve what she’s stolen.
Raine must survive by her wits, and her skill with a bow in a world turned upside down. A battle, a betrayal and a horrific revelation finds her herself inside Redwinter, where anyone caught communing with ghosts is put to death. As conspirators plot to release an ancient enemy, Raine’s ability to see the dead might be their only hope, but to use her power would see her condemned.
Praise for Ed McDonald:
‘Dark, twisty and excellent’ –Mark Lawrence, bestselling author of Prince of Thorns ‘Ed McDonald handles action with a deft hand and has created compelling central characters who remains likeable despite a lengthy list of flaws.’– Anthony Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Legion of Flame ‘Original world-building and unforgettable characters make Blackwing a dark, powerful debut.’ – Brian Staveley, author of Skullsworn ‘Blackwing is potent, gritty, bloody, and splendid’-Faith Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of Cold Reign ‘Blackwing is a bloody, gritty fantasy novel that manages not to sacrifice its heart. I love the world, which feel strange and lived-in, and strength of the voice is fantastic. Fans of Glen Cook’s The Black Company or Joe Abercrombie’s The First Law series will be very happy with this one’ – Django Wexler, author of The Guns of Empire ‘This is an astonishingly accomplished debut – McDonald is definitely one to watch’ – Peter Mclean, author of Priest of Bones