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I’ve been asking for good fantasy recommendations recently as I feel very under-read in the fantasy genre and over at Fantasy Faction I mentioned my occurrent craving for fantasy with an ancient Middle Eastern flavour to it. One of the recommendations that came up was Elizabeth Bear’s Range of Ghosts which I now need to get my hands on, not only because it sounds like a great read and our library system doesn’t have it in, but also because this gorgeous cover art needs to grace my shelves.


Temur, grandson of the Great Khan, is walking away from a battlefield where he was left for dead. All around lie the fallen armies of his cousin and his brother, who made war to rule the Khaganate. Temur is now the legitimate heir by blood to his grandfather’s throne, but he is not the strongest. Going into exile is the only way to survive his ruthless cousin.

Once-Princess Samarkar is climbing the thousand steps of the Citadel of the Wizards of Tsarepheth. She was heir to the Rasan Empire until her father got a son on a new wife. Then she was sent to be the wife of a Prince in Song, but that marriage ended in battle and blood. Now she has renounced her worldly power to seek the magical power of the wizards. These two will come together to stand against the hidden cult that has so carefully brought all the empires of the Celadon Highway to strife and civil war through guile and deceit and sorcerous power.

What do you think of Range of Ghosts? Would this piece of cover art catch your eye?