The Court of Broken Knives – Anna Smith Spark

Releases 8.15.17

Synopsis: 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. Continue reading “The Court of Broken Knives – Anna Smith Spark”

Grimdragon Spotlight: Nicholas Eames

Hey Nicholas! We are so happy that you agreed to do this interview with us!

As you know, we read Kings of the Wyld in May & both thought you fucking KILLED your debut! It is one of our favorite books of 2017. Can you briefly describe what it is about?

I’m glad you think so! Let’s see…Kings of the Wyld takes place in a setting where mercenary bands are afforded the worldwide notoriety of rock stars. It features Clay Cooper, a retired mercenary, who is begged by his old friend, Gabriel, to reunite their old band and rescue Gabe’s daughter, who is trapped in a city under siege by a horde of bloodthirsty monsters. Continue reading “Grimdragon Spotlight: Nicholas Eames”

Age of Assassins – RJ Barker

Releases: 8.1.17

Synopsis: TO CATCH AN ASSASSIN, USE AN ASSASSIN . . .

Girton Club-foot, apprentice to the land’s best assassin, still has much to learn about the art of taking lives. But their latest mission tasks him and his master with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life. Someone, or many someones, is trying to kill the heir to the throne, and it is up to Girton and his master to uncover the traitor and prevent the prince’s murder.

In a kingdom on the brink of civil war and a castle thick with lies Girton finds friends he never expected, responsibilities he never wanted, and a conspiracy that could destroy an entire land. Continue reading “Age of Assassins – RJ Barker”

The Fifth Ward: First Watch – Dale Lucas

Releases 7.11.17

Synopsis: A watchman of the Yenara City guard has gone missing. The culprit could be any of the usual suspects: drug-dealing orcs, mind-controlling elves, uncooperative mages, or humans being typical humans.

It’s up to two reluctant partners — Rem, a hungover miscreant who joins the Watch to pay off his bail, and Torval, a maul-wielding dwarf who’s highly unimpressed with the untrained and weaponless Rem — to uncover the truth and catch the murderer loose in their fair city. Continue reading “The Fifth Ward: First Watch – Dale Lucas”

The Boy on the Bridge – M.R. Carey

Releases 5.2.17

Synopsis: Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy.

The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world.

To where the monsters lived. Continue reading “The Boy on the Bridge – M.R. Carey”

Six Wakes – Mur Lafferty

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“Once you were gone, the body meant nothing, had no sentimental value. The future body was all that mattered. The past shouldn’t be here, staring you in the face with dead eyes.”
— Mur Lafferty, Six Wakes

So this is pretty interesting mash-up of styles here: sci-fi, horror, and ultimately, locked-room mystery. This wound up being a “liked it, didn’t love it” book for me, but I wouldn’t hesitate recommending it to folks, especially if you’re a mystery fan.

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The Heroes – Joe Abercrombie

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“No need for discussion or justification, for introductions or etiquette, for guilt or excuses. Only the incredible release of violence. So powerful that he felt this golden-armoured man must be his best friend in all the world. I love you. I love you, and that is why I must smash your head apart.”
-Joe Abercrombie, The Heroes

Fucking hell, Joe Abercrombie. I am running out of superlatives to describe these books. This is the fifth book in Abercrombie’s series of brutal and brilliant fantasy novels, The First Law. The Heroes is unapologetically a war novel, grisly, horrific, and frequently hilarious. While this book is technically a standalone, reading this before the previous four books would be a grievous mistake. Continue reading “The Heroes – Joe Abercrombie”