Feast of the King's Shadow
In Feast of the King's Daughter, the second book of Chaz Brenchley's Outremer fantasy series, a mixed group of travellers make their way, each for their own reason and not always by the most obvious or most direct route, across the desert to Rhabat, where the Sharai tribes are gathering under their leader Hasan. Hasan, Rhabat - the city carved in the rock - the land of Outremer itself, all these are inventions. And yet...
...And yet there really is a hidden city, deep in the desert of what is now Jordan, and here is a description by G. Lankester Harding, from whose book the map above is taken, of his first sight of that city:
For Petra is everything that the travel agencies write about - except rose red; mostly the sandstone is of a dark red ochre shade, with fantastic bandings of yellow, grey and white in some places. The only part which could be called rose red is the Khaznah area, and I know nothing to equal the first sight of this huge rock-cut façade glowing in brilliant sunlight after one emerges from the darkness of the great cleft which leads into the city. I have visited Petra very many times now, but always that first, breathtaking vision remains in my mind; nor does familiarity breed contempt here, for at every visit one has to rein up the horse or stop in one's tracks and gaze astonished, as if seeing it again for the first time, at the sharpness and purity of line of the carving and the glowing brilliance of the rock.
Use the map above, or click on the links below, to explore the Second Book of Outremer, and its background.
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- Read an extract from Feast of the King's Shadow
- Travellers in the desert
- The Assassins
- The City in the Rock
- The Man with Two Wives
- Feasting with Shadows
- The Man who United the Tribes
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The Second Book of Outremer is published in the UK as Feast of the King's Shadow. In the US, the same book is published as two volumes, A Dark Way to Glory and Feast of the King's Shadow. Use the Amazon links below to buy these books; or, if your local book shop does not stock copies, use the information provided to order them.
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