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.
It is the richest empire the world has ever known, and it is also doomed -- but only one man can see it.
Haunted by prophetic dreams, Orhan has hired a company of soldiers to cross the desert to reach the capital city. Once they enter the palace, they have one mission: kill the emperor, then all those who remain. Only from the 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. Though he is young, ambitious, and impossibly charming, something dark hides in Marith's past -- and in his blood.
Dive into this new fantasy series for readers looking for epic battle scenes, gritty heroes, and blood-soaked revenge.
Spark's stunning Empires of Dust epic fantasy series begins with a gritty saga of political upheaval and intrigue. The eternal city of Sorlost the Golden, the "decaying heart of a decayed empire," has seen 20 years of peace. But rival nation Immish, devoted to the brutal god Amrath the World Conqueror, is assembling a massive army, and news has reached the Sorlost emperor of a mysterious warrior who's slain a dragon. That warrior is Marith, the heir to the throne of Immish. Exiled by his father for murder, Marith is determined to return to Immish to reclaim his place as a prince in the line of Amrath and lead his nation to victory. Meanwhile, nobles in Sorlost plot to overthrow their own emperor before he drags them into war with Immish. The disappearance of the High Priestess of Tanis, the bloodthirsty deity of Sorlost, adds an additional tangle. There are enough schemes set in motion here for five novels, and a wealth of intriguing characters. Spark's gripping debut is definitely one to read and prize.