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The Dark Lands

Markus Heitz

5 Reviews

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Historical adventure, Fantasy, Historical fiction

A swashbuckling dark fantasy thriller by a Number One-bestselling German author: Meet Aenlin Kane, daughter of Solomon Kane, as she following in her father's footsteps battling evil!

The great pulp writer Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian, also introduced Solomon Kane to the world: a sombre man who dedicated his life to battling evil in all its forms.

Now Markus Heitz brings Solomon Kane's daughter Aenlin to life: join the young adventuress as she follows in her father's footsteps to battle dark forces, gunpowder, steel and magic - in the Dark Lands!

1629. Despite the relentless conflict of the Thirty Years' War raging in Europe, Aenlin Kane is determined to explore the legacy of her famous father.

Aenlin may never have met Solomon Kane, but she shares with him the need to fight for good wherever she can. She and her friend Tahmina, a Persian mystic, have been recruited for a secret mission for the West India Company: they will be part of a motley crew fighting their way behind enemy lines to the southern German town of Bamberg, where the stakes are already burning, ready to immolate those falsely accused of witchcraft.

Hidden by the turmoil of war, demons are openly walking the earth. Soloman Kane once fought such evil with rapier, pistols and his indomitable will. Now Aenlin is preparing to face those demons - and like her father, she will let nothing stand in her way.

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Praise for The Dark Lands

  • A captivating work that effortlessly blurs the lines between fiction and reality - ORKUS on THE DARK LANDS

  • When a novel immediately casts a spell over the reader, makes him instantly forget the trappings, in short: you feel like Bastian reading The Neverending Story


  • An opulent fantasy world with numerous horror elements against an exciting, historical background. It's extremely gripping and fast-paced - VIRUS on THE DARK LANDS

  • An exciting adventure with charismatic characters. Markus Heitz's return to fantasy succeeds brilliantly - DEEPGROUND.DE on on THE DARK LANDS

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Markus Heitz

Markus Heitz trained to be a teacher after studying history and German literature, then going on to an MA in History. He spent several years as a journalist, writing in his free time, before the runaway success of The Dwarves allowed him to give up the day job. His debut epic fantasy novel, Schatten A ber Ulldart (Shadows over Ulldart) was the first of many of his books to win the Deutscher Phantastik Preis (Germany's premier literary award for fantasy) in 2003. Since then he has frequently topped the bestseller charts, and his Number One bestselling Dwarves and Aelfar series have earned him a place among Germany's most successful fantasy authors. The DOORS series, where each book follows the adventurers as they choose a different door, have earned him a whole new audience as he plays with fantasy, thriller and mystery tropes to keep the reader always interested. He currently lives in Saarland, in Germany.

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