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The Court Of Broken Knives (#1 Empires of Dust)

Anna Smith Spark


9780008204075

Voyager


Fantasy » Epic Fantasy;
Fantasy » Magic;
Fantasy » Mercenaries;
Fantasy » Political


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480 pages

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Perfect for fans of Mark Lawrence and R Scott Bakker, The Court of Broken Knives is the explosive debut by one of grimdark fantasy's most exciting new voices.

They've finally looked at the graveyard of our Empire with open eyes. They're fools and madmen and like the art of war. And their children go hungry while we piss gold and jewels into the dust.
In the richest empire the world has ever known, the city of Sorlost has always stood, eternal and unconquered. But in a city of dreams governed by an imposturous Emperor, decadence has become the true ruler, and has blinded its inhabitants to their vulnerability. The empire is on the verge of invasion – and only one man can see it.

Haunted by dreams of the empire's demise, Orhan Emmereth has decided to act. On his orders, a company of soldiers cross the desert to reach the city. Once they enter the Palace, they have one mission: kill the Emperor, then all those who remain. Only from ashes can a new empire be built.

The company is a group of good, ordinary soldiers, for whom this is a mission like any other. But the strange boy Marith who walks among them is no ordinary soldier. Marching on Sorlost, Marith thinks he is running away from the past which haunts him. But in the Golden City, his destiny awaits him – beautiful, bloody, and more terrible than anyone could have foreseen.

By:   Anna Smith Spark
Imprint:   Voyager
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   Book 1
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   270g
ISBN:   9780008204075
ISBN 10:   0008204071
Series:   Empires of Dust
Pages:   480
Publication Date:   July 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active


`A confident first novel with deep veins of vice and brutality running through it, heralding the start of an atmospheric new series' -SFX `This is a tumultuous, often nihilistic world - but also one where there is potential for great beauty . . . I had to keep on turning pages to see what happens next' -SFandF Reviews `Fierce, gripping fantasy, exquisitely written; bitter, funny and heart-rending by turns' -Adrian Tchaikovsky 'Grim, gritty and fast paced, with great battle scenes! Anna Smith-Spark is one to watch' -Andy Remic 'Holy crap this is good!' -Grim Tidings 'On a par with R. Scott Bakker' -Grimdark Alliance

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