Priest of Bones
- 5,49 €
- 5,49 €
'Charismatic and very more-ish' - Mark Lawrence, bestselling author of Red Sister
'Sixty-five thousand battle-shocked, trained killers came home to no jobs, no food and the plague. What did Her Majesty think was going to happen?'
Tomas Piety takes his duties seriously: as a soldier, as a priest of Our Lady of Eternal Sorrows and as a leader of men. He has come home from the war to reclaim his family business, to provide for his men and to ensure the horrors of Abingon can never happen in Ellinburg.
But things have changed: his crime empire has been stolen and the people of Ellinburg - his people - have run out of food and hope and places to hide. With his best friend Bloody Anne, his war-damaged brother Jochan and his new gang, the Pious Men, Tomas sets out to reclaim what was his.
And as Tomas is dragged into a web of political intrigue by the sinister Queen's Men, forced to work against the foreign infiltrators lurking in the backstreet taverns, brothels and gambling dens of the Stink, one thing becomes clear.
The war has just begun.
'Fans of Daniel Polansky, Mark Lawrence or, dare I say, Blackwing will most appreciate this book' - Ed McDonald, author of Blackwing
In this ebullient first War for the Rose Throne dark fantasy, McLean introduces Tomas Piety, a nefarious crime lord turned priest. After being away at war for many years, Tomas comes back to find that Ellinburg is changed: his people have lost their wealth, and the city is overrun by a foreign power. With his gang of Pious Men, Tomas embroils himself in cutthroat politics and epic barroom brawls to win back the city that once was his. McLean's writing is punchy and fast-paced. Tomas is an intriguing protagonist, and the rest of his crew round out the novel as a tight ensemble cast. Magic is scattered throughout (one of Tomas's gang is an up-and-coming sorcerer), but the focus remains on the violent turf war unfolding in Ellinburg. Anyone itching to read a high-stakes story should pick up this delightful combination of medieval fantasy and crime drama.