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September 2018 Fiction: Canadian

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The Burning Stone
By (author): Jack Whyte
9780670070008 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Historical / General Sep 25, 2018
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.32 x 9.28 x 1.47 in 592 pages NO Penguin Canada Viking
From the bestselling author of the Dream of Eagles series and The Guardians trilogy comes a tale of revenge, dark secrets, and a mysterious cataclysm that decimated a Roman legion: the story behind the story that began it all.

Fleeing the massacre of his entire family save a single uncle, young Roman aristocrat Quintus Varrus arrives in fourth-century London not knowing who is to blame for the murders nor whom he can trust now. He fears for his life, but when he meets a young Irish woman named Lydia Mcuil, their lives quickly become intertwined and her father offers to set the young Roman up as a smith (under an Irish alias) in the town of Colchester while the young lovers get to know each other from a distance.

But the assassins haven’t forgotten Quintus and a deadly ambush is barely thwarted, bringing the young Roman into friendship with his rescuer, a hardened former military policeman known as Rufus Cato, who has his own score to settle with the powerful man behind the attack. Quintus is introduced to the secrets of an ancient brotherhood that is trying to halt the rot that is destroying their beloved Empire—secrets that may finally reveal the identity of those who murdered his family, and expose the shocking reason why.

Set against the backdrop of a world in turmoil, this prequel to The Skystone, first in the Dream of Eagles series, is richly textured, intricately plotted, and filled with action and adventure: a perfect addition to the works of this master storyteller.

Story Locale: Various locations in England; Italy; Dalmatia; Dacia

Series Overview: Prequel to the Dream of Eagles series.

BESTSELLING AUTHOR: OVER A MILLION COPIES SOLD in Canada and Jack has been published around the world in more than 20 languages"

JACK HAS IMPRESSIVE FANS: including the wildly popular Diana Gabaldon

THIS NOVEL IS A PREQUEL TO WHYTE’S MOST POPULAR: This novel goes back to tell the story behind the story that started it all, The Skystone, Whyte’s all-time bestseller

JACK WHYTE was born and raised in Scotland and has lived in Canada since 1967. He has been an actor, orator, singer, and poet at various stages of his life, and was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters for his contribution to Canadian popular fiction. Whyte is the author of the internationally bestselling Dream of Eagles series, the Templar trilogy, and the Guardians trilogy.

Author Residence: Kelowna, BC

Author Hometown: Motherwell, Scotland

Marketing: National print advertising

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Publicity: Capitalize on 26th anniversary of Jack’s ’The Skystone’ in pitching for extensive review coverage and media attention in outlets including Globe and Mail, Postmedia, Toronto Star

Target key in-person local interview opportunities in B.C. where he is based, with outlets including The Vancouver Sun, The Province, CBC Radio Vancouver, and with Globe and Mail western arts correspondent

Praise for Jack Whyte and the Dream of Eagles series:

“From the building blocks of history and the mortar of reality, Jack Whyte has built Arthur’s world, and showed us the bone beneath the flesh of legend.”—Diana Gabaldon

“[With] a genius for description and characterization that defies myth and fiction, Whyte’s series has recreated a post-Roman Britain that could have created a once and future king.”—The Globe and Mail

“Whyte [is] a master at painting pictures on an epic-sized canvas [with a] deft combination of historical drama and old-fashioned adventure.”—Booklist

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