The Pillars of Sand (Echoes of Empire)

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The epic conclusion of the Echoes of Empire trilogy.

Prophecy declared that corrupt politician Corajidin would rule the Shrīanese Federation, even become its new Emperor—and sinister magic has helped him defy death in order to do it. But his victory is not assured, thanks to clashing rival factions that hinder any attempts to unify the nation. Though he has taken increasingly brutal measures to eliminate all obstacles in his path, the dark forces supporting him grow dangerously impatient. And the harder they press, the more drastic Corajidin’s actions become.

Soon, only his most powerful adversaries will stand in his way: Indris, the peerless swordsman and sorcerer who has long fought to end the Federation’s bloody turmoil; and the warrior-poet Mari, Corajidin’s own daughter and the woman Indris loves. Fate has torn them apart, forcing them into terrifying personal trials. But if Indris can bring to bear the devastating knowledge of the Pillars of Sand, and Mari can rise up as a rebel leader, Corajidin’s enemies will rally—and the decisive battle for the soul and future of the Shrīanese will begin.

This epic tale of intrigue, love, and betrayal, painted in the blood of allies and enemies by Mark T. Barnes, concludes the Echo of Empire trilogy that began with The Garden of Stones and The Obsidian Heart.

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About the Author:

Mark T. Barnes was born in Sydney, Australia, in September of 1966. A strong athlete, he was also drawn to the arts at a young age, penning his first short story as a seven-year-old. He worked in finance and advertising and eventually landed satisfying work in information technology, where he continues to manage a freelance organizational change consultancy. In 2005, when Mark was selected to attend the Clarion South residential short story workshop, he began to write with the intention of making it more than a hobby. Since that time, Mark has published a number of short stories, worked as a freelance script editor, and has driven creative consultancy for a television series. The Pillars of Sand is Book Three in the Echoes of Empire series, which also includes The Garden of Stones and The Obsidian Heart.


“...if you love epic fantasy and have not tried out this series, you need to pick up The Garden of Stones and give Echoes of Empire a try, because this is a series that is only going to get better and better as Mr. Barnes expands upon it.” —Bookwraiths

“The writing is very well done, very detailed and informative, and well edited. The characters have evolved, developed and have a very real feel to them...This author is one to watch.” —BookReviews&

“One of the best new fantasy series around...Apart from effectively concluding the current storyline, The Pillars of Sand is a showcase of an author confident in his writing.” —Upcoming4Me

“A living, breathing place filled with details and little touches that make it feel real and lived in.” —Hidden Worlds

“An absolute stunner from beginning to end.” —Escape Reality, Read Fiction!

“Fast paced and action packed. I couldn’t put it down.” —A Creative Mind

“Poetic, lyrical, worlds and species cleverly imagined, and even happier, excellent writing. I am truly enraptured.” —Mallory Heart Reviews

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