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The Court of Broken Knives (Empires of Dust 1) - Anna Smith Spark

The Court of Broken Knives (Empires of Dust 1) - Anna Smith Spark
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Title: The Court of Broken Knives

Author:  Anna Smith Spark

ISBN:  9780008204068

Weight:  997g

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The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark

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, Lord 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.

Perfect for fans of Mark Lawrence and R Scott Bakker, The Court of Broken Knives is the explosive debut of one of grimdark fantasy’s most exciting new voices.

Peer & Press Reviews

This outstanding, unputdownable debut holds and horrifies like a blood-spattered tapestry.  There’s rough humour, high drama and a love of story-telling that shines through every page.

Daily Mail

Fierce, gripping fantasy, exquisitely written; bitter, funny and heart-rending by turns.

Adrian Tchaikovsky

A confident first novel with deep veins of vice and brutality running through it, heralding the start of an atmospheric new series.

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Title: The Court of Broken Knives
Author:
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Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Numbered: The handwritten number is in the centre of a blind embossed circular ‘stamp’ (technically known as a seal) on the title page.  Around its edge, the seal reads EXCLUSIVE SIGNED FIRST EDITION.
Available numbers: Choice of 70 or 71 [of 150, subject to availability]
Series: Empires of Dust – book 1
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint: Harper Voyager
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780008204068
ISBN 10: 0008204063
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 468
Size (h x w x d): 242 x 163 x 43mm
Design Credits
Jacket design: Micaela Alcaino
Jacket illustration: Shutterstock
Map: Sophie E. Tallis

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