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Bloodline: Alliance
LR Saul

The first in a series of fantasy novels under the title Bloodline.

A girl thief and outlaw, impulsively enters the fray to rescue a group of strangers and receives a near fatal wound for her trouble. As her strengths ebbs away, she is taken into the mysterious group and nursed back to health. Her path lies ahead with them, or back to the life of a thief. She dare not trust them with her own dark secrets, but neither do they trust her.

And so begins a strained companionship and a journey that will reveal shocking truths about each of the members of this unlikely band of travellers.

Suddenly pitched against their terrible secrets, Shenna finds herself at the climax of a thousand years of interracial bitterness and bloodshed. She glimpses a mystery that touches on world affairs, dangerous alliances, and a devastating bargain with an ancient and deadly foe.

Neither side is able to trust, unaware that within their fragile relationship lies the only hope for a world on the brink of total destruction.

ISBN 9781921479014

Glass House Books

Release date: 15 July 2008

RRP: AUS$32.95
Fantasy, 480 pp, paperback
RRP: NZ$35.95
RRP: US/CAN$17.95
RRP: £8.95

“I was intrigued by the first page, was hooked by the end of the second page, and within a few more pages was so gripped that nothing on earth could prevent me getting to the end. The pages pretty much turned themselves.”

"I really enjoyed reading BLOODLINE! The characters were well-developed and believable. I found myself wondering what they were doing after I finished it. The world they inhabited was different enough yet real. It drew me in. I encourage you to read it, and like me, you will be eagerly anticipating the sequel.”

"With realistic characters, and suspense right up until the end, I found that I couldn’t put the book down. I was fully immersed in this book, wanting to laugh when the characters laughed, cry when they cried, and be with them every step of the way. I recommend the book to all fantasy readers out there, and also as an introduction to anyone yet to experience the genre. I can’t wait for the next book to come out by this great writer.”

“I could not put this book down! I saw it on a relative’s table, flicked to the first page, had to flick to the second, then the third. Before I knew it, I was sneaking it away to see what happened next. This book should come with a warning: Open it if you dare, because you will not be able to put it down once you start.”




LR Saul

Following a Bachelor of Arts English Literature and Diploma of Journalism, LR Saul has been involved in just about every form of writing, editing and journalism in the ten years since. Her greatest writing passion has always been fantasy novels, and she has been writing fantasy for the pure love of it since she was eight years old.

She lives in the Southern Highlands of Australia with her husband and son.



Are they worth it, Master?

From her vantage point, she could see the two strangers clearly despite the darkening evening. Brown eyes and unearthly silver pupils watched the travellers keenly. They rode in silence, wary of every shadow.

The thin road, tawny against sallow grass around it, cut like a river between two barren hills. Coarse grass flattened up the opposite slope and bristled on the ridge, golden in the dying light.

The two riders looked inky against the pale track. They stood out perilously from the arid hills, even in a darkening hour like this.

The valley road offered only danger for anyone with enough gold to attract the brutal thieves of Acran. Although no thief of Acran, Shenna had seen their heavy purse. A purse like that would feed her for weeks. She would wait and see. If an easy task, she would take it.

She clutched the bow and arrow to her side. A breath of steam issued from her mouth. It would be cold, bitterly cold, before the dawn.

Wolf let out a low rumble.

“Steady, Wolf.” Shenna stroked the shaggy silver coat.

Shall we go, Master? Wolf asked.

No, Wolf, not yet. What do you make of them?

The big one – he may be trouble for us. And the raven-haired woman is unusually cautious. See the way she peers around.

Imperials in disguise?

No. The woman does not have the height to be an Imperial.

What about the man?

He is certainly not Korzekan, but he is obviously a fighter.

Shenna shuddered involuntarily. Imperials and hired help came often to these parts disguised with heavy purses, trying to flush the corruption from the mountains.

Maybe they’re hired help, Wolf.

You could be right.

Although desperate, Shenna remained cautious, for she did not have the numbers of the mountain thieves. She had only Wolf and a bow her father taught her to master, before he died saving Shenna’s life.

Shenna heard a growl form in Wolf’s throat and knew he had overhead her anger. I’ll avenge my father one day, Wolf, for both our sakes.



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