Selling Water by the River
For a thousand years, the cities of Maras and Sund faced each other across an unbridgeable river; Sund wielded its water magic and grew rich, while in Maras, the Sultan's armies made him powerful. Then the Marasi found their own kind of magic, and in one night they built a bridge, crossed it and conquered their neighbours. That was twenty years ago...
But magic has a price, and it is paid by both cities. In Sund, water-magic is forbidden, and the bridge casts a sickening shadow; and what becomes of the children of Maras...?
Selling Water by the River is a fantasy in two volumes by Chaz Brenchley, author of The Books of Outremer. The first volume, Bridge of Dreams, was published, in the US only, in 2006. River of the World, the second and final volume, published the following year, was shortlisted for a British Fantasy Society Award.
Praise for Selling Water by the River
"Generous of spirit, full of risk and excitement, lucently written, and so real you can taste the street dust."
"Like all great writers, Brenchley's biggest asset is his gorgeous language, his ability to write prose that captures the reader and creates a new world. Yep, it's worldbuilding, but the world that Brenchley creates is so full of life and detail that it transcends reality and colors the perception of our world. Brenchley eschews the usual sentimentality for hard-edged fear and hard choices that offer equally unpleasant alternatives."
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