How can it be that a person of flesh and blood should lack a shadow?
And why does the enigmatic blind old man known as the Talantine seem to be following him?
These are the questions confronting Tupilu, a minor prince of the royal family of Hatti, who, at the age of nine, confronts a shocking discovery about himself. The answers lie in the astonishing truth about Tupilu’s mysterious mother, who died shortly after his birth. But he must wait a further ten years before the Talantine will reveal the whole truth; of the unique and terrifying destiny that Tupilu was born to; of the peril facing the world; and of the existence of the talkative daemon, Pellilu, whose task is to keep Tupilu safe.
Firmly rooted in the richly-detailed history of the Late Bronze Age, The Shadow Prince is an epic fantasy, charting the journey of Tupilu and his most trusted friends, as they attempt to avert catastrophe. It is a path that will entangle him in the cosmological struggle of warring gods and duplicitous daemons, and with conniving politicians and murderous agents of foreign powers. Leaving his home in the Hittite Empire, his journey takes him to the damaged Oracle of Haleb, the court of the powerful King Solomon, and on to an apocalyptic reckoning amid the exotic grandeur of Kemet (Egypt), in a bid to prevent Sutekh, God of Destruction, emerging into the world and destroying the fabric of reality itself.
“Philip Armstrong has achieved something beyond belief. An epic fantasy that explores a fascinating period of lost history. There’s a million words to read so far …..but the story and characters are compelling and he’s a great writer with great integrity. This should and could be huge. The first sentence grabs you and introduces you to a central character with a unique journey to travel…….And Mr A instinctively knows how to hooks you into the epic at every step. That’s the real skill here.”