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The Court of Broken Knives

Empires of Dust, Book 1
Série : Empires of Dust, Volume 1
Durée : 16 h et 35 min

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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.

©2017 Anna Smith-Spark (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers


"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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  • AK Alliss
  • 15/01/2020

Dark, but beautifully written and performed

If you like your fantasy dark, unrepentant and well written, this is the book for you. A psychopath God King and his merry men set out to murder an Emperor with unexpected results.

The story can meander, but the writing and performances are so good it's not a chore. The violence does get a bit tedious, but I do feel it's meant to underpin the central protagonists exposure to it and what it has all cost them.

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  • Peet
  • 23/04/2019

cardboard characters

Colin Mace is a brilliant narrator, but the addicted prince quite unbelievable, please help me...