Book Excerpt from The Tattered Banner

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I’m hosting an excerpt from “The Tattered Banner” today, a fantasy novel by author Duncan M. Hamilton. Enjoy the excerpt!

Book Excerpt

Ostenheim was a city of many different coloured buildings with roofs of burnt sienna or grey-blue slate. The city sat on a natural harbour in the lee of a hill that became a cliff at the water’s edge. Atop this hill sat the castle, which watched out over both the surrounding countryside and the sea approaches to the city. The Duke’s palace was nestled behind it on the landward side. On the remainder of the hill, which sloped gently down to the city, was Highgarden, where the wealthy citizens of Ostenheim made their homes. It was surrounded by leafy squares and parks, and the air was clean and fresh; a world far removed from the warren of tight twisting streets and houses built virtually on top of one another in the city below. Also sitting on this hill was the Academy of Swordsmen, known simply as the Academy. Ever since the Mage Wars that saw the final break up of the ties of the Saludorian Empire, those who earned the right to carry a sword had been revered above all others in the states lining the Middle Sea, even above the sea captains and merchant princes whose skills ensured the prosperity of the mercantile nations.

Unlike the other buildings in the city, the Academy was built from a pale, creamy stone that had been brought from far away by the mages who built it many hundreds of years before to serve as their headquarters in the city. The architecture was a testament to their power and wealth, but even this power and wealth had not saved them. They and their society had long since been scattered to the wind by the swordsmen known as bannerets. It was something of an irony that their vanquishers adopted their former residences.µ

The Tattered Banner

The Tattered Banner CoverTitle: The Tattered Banner

Author: Duncan M. Hamilton

Genre: Fantasy

Self Published

Word Count: 124,000

ISBN: (paperback) 978-1481013222

            (Kindle) 978-1-62347-203-0

Release Date: March 2013

Format: Paperback and e-book

Available from Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Nook UK, Kobo, iBookstore, Smashwords.

Unique talent always attracts attention…

In a world where magic is outlawed, ability with a sword is prized above all else. For Soren this means the chance to live out his dreams.

Plucked from a life of privation, he is given a coveted place at Ostenheim’s Academy of Swordsmanship, an opportunity beyond belief.

Opportunity is not always what it seems however, and gifts rarely come without conditions. Soren becomes an unwitting pawn in a game of intrigue and treachery that could cost him not just his dreams, but also his life.

Author Bio

Duncan is a writer of fantasy fiction novels and short stories that are set in a world influenced by Renaissance Europe. He has a Masters Degree in History, and is particularly interested in the medieval and renaissance periods.

He doesn’t live anywhere particularly exotic and when not writing he enjoys cycling, skiing and windsurfing.

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