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City of Lies (Poison War 1) - Sam Hawke

City of Lies (Poison War 1) - Sam Hawke

This is № 89 of an exclusive edition of only 150 copies.

Title: City of Lies

Author:  Sam Hawke

ISBN:  9781787630123

Weight:  990g

Numbered signed first edition, first printing



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City of Lies by Sam Hawke

I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me…

Only a handful of people in Silasta know Jovan’s real purpose in life.  To most, he is just another son of the ruling class.  The quiet, forgettable friend of the Chancellor’s charming, irresponsible heir.  In reality, Jovan has been trained for most of his life to detect, concoct and withstand poisons in order to protect the ruling family.

His sister Kalina is too frail to share in their secret family duty.  While other women of the city hold positions of power and responsibility, her path is full of secrets and lies – some hidden even from her own brother.

Until now, peace has reigned in Silasta for hundreds of years.  But when the Chancellor succumbs to an unknown poison and an army storms the gates, the so-called Bright City is completely unprepared.  It falls to Jovan and Kalina to protect the heir and save their homeland – but first they must make their way through a new world of unexpected treachery, a world where the ancient spirits are rising… and angry.

This fabulous epic fantasy debut will appeal to readers of Joe Abercrombie and Terry Brooks, Robin Hobb and Mark Lawrence and all points in between.

Peer & Press Reviews

An enormously enjoyable read, one of the best new fantasies I’ve seen in a long time.

Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of Dogs of War

A tightly wound and ever escalating plot is complemented by the cast’s refreshing nuances… even when magic comes into play the story never loses its essentially human and relatable scale, making it stand out from more sprawling, cinematic fare.  A well-crafted debut with believable political intrigues, solid world-building, and original characters.

Kirkus Reviews

Absolutely loved this; the world building is brilliant, the mystery and crime elements merge seamlessly into a fantastical world of poisoners, warrior-guilds and ancient magic.  But the heart of the story is the central characters, they’re written with such depth: flawed, human and likeable.  City of Lies is a wonderful read and one that I’d highly recommend to all lovers of fantasy.

John Gwynne, author of A Time of Dread

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title City of Lies
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition background

This numbered edition of only 150 copies was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

The handwritten number is in the centre of a blind embossed circular ‘stamp’ (technically known as a seal) on the tipped-in title page.  Around its edge, the seal reads EXCLUSIVE SIGNED FIRST EDITION.

Book number 89 of 150
Series Poison War – book 1
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the tipped-in title page
Book Stats
Publisher Transworld Publishers
Imprint Bantam Press
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9781787630123
ISBN 10 1787630129
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 559
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 163 x 49mm
Weight 1.105kg [heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Kris Arnold Photography
Jacket design Stephen Mulcahey / TW
Jacket photography Johnny Ring

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