Ten centuries have passed since the last time the Portal of a Thousand Worlds opened, bringing chaos, upheaval, and radical change to the then-ruling dynasty, and now the mystical gateway is rumored to be on the verge of opening once more. Only the Firstborn—he who has been reincarnated through countless generations and remembers all he has ever learned—knows what the future holds, but he has been imprisoned for refusing to comply with a repressive imperial government’s wishes.
Now, those hoping to seize the opportunity for wealth and position are hatching sinister plots. And as the cold-hearted dowager empress closely guards a fateful secret, and a rebel army led by a fanatical zealot gathers strength under the Bamboo Banner, the cataclysm approaches. . . .
I read a couple of Dave Duncan’s work when I was younger and enjoyed it. I figured I should probably refresh myself on his style so I’ve been reading The Gilded Chain, his first King’s Blade novel. Let’s just say that I’m really glad that I did. This book will be going on my TBR list and you can expect a review of The Gilded Chain this Friday.