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Rasping Melodies: Painspirations of My Past
From the Margins

Fiction | 418 pages | ISBN 978-0990517603 | 2016

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Avengarde is Taveol's last refuge; a city of ice and blood, perched on the frozen edge of the known world, where he believes he is safe from the ghosts of his mercenary past. But when Taveol harbors a wounded Fae woman in the face of racial cleansing, the two outcasts are caught up in a decades-spanning conflict that threatens to tear the city and their lives apart, piece by piece. And when Taveol's relentless nemesis appears in Avengarde, the paths to survival and revenge become that much harder to differentiate. Encircled by enemies old and new, Taveol must choose to either save himself or risk everything for the culture and people he has grown to love.

Praise for Avengarde:

“Avengarde reveals author Zachary Barnes's genuine flair for compelling and entertaining storyteller and master of the science fiction genre. An impressive and engaging novel from beginning to end.”
      -Midwest Book Review

"Avengarde is a refreshing piece of fantasy. From the first-person narrative to the heavy themes of discrimination and genocide, Avengarde feels urgent, but also inviting. Barnes walks a fine line between creating a vast new world for his readers to escape to and explore, and holding up a distorted mirror to teach us something about our own world and our own ways.”
      -Nathan Moore, author of From the Margins

"Avengarde is a rich and engaging world! Detailed descriptions and immersive characters will draw readers in and keep them enthralled as the Sons of Dawn hunt every last Fae.”
-Brad R. Cook, author of Iron Horsemen

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