Narrated By: Colin Mace, Meriel Rosenkranz
Duration: 17 hours and 14 minutes
What to expect
KING OF RUIN. KING OF DUST AND SHADOWS. KING OF DEATH. HE WILL RULE ALL. THE KING IS COMING.
Marith Altrersyr – father-killer, dragonlord, leader of the blood-soaked Amrath Army – is keeping his promises. He is determined to become King of all Irlast and take back the seat of his ancestors.
Only Thalia, once high priestess of the Lord of Living and Dying, the holiest woman in the Empire, might stop Marith and his army’s deadly march. But she is torn between two destinies – and if she was to return home, what would she fi nd there? A city on the brink of ruin: diseased, despairing, dying?
Crawling through a tunnel deep under the ruins of her city, Landra Relast vows vengeance. Her family has been burned, her home destroyed, and now Marith – once her betrothed – must die.
But as Landra cuts through the wasteland left in the wake of Marith’s army, she finds that she is not the only one who wishes him ill…
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‘Anna Smith Spark is a dynamic new voice in the field of grimly baroque fantasy, a knowing and witty provisioner of the Grand Guignol, a cheerful undertaker strolling across the graveyard and beckoning you to admire her newest additions.’
‘With dagger-sharp dialogue and character-driven narrative, this is a dazzling, blood-spattered sequel that howls like early Moorcock, then converses like the best of Le Guin’
Spark’s world is gritty and vivid, populated at every turn with richly drawn characters. With a plot that twists through serpentine intrigues, Spark’s series fascinates and entertains, showing no sign of middle-book sag as Marith and company careen toward a terrible destiny.
‘Marked by intense, action-packed battle scenes, this grimdark epic fantasy is the escape you need right now’
Praise for THE COURT OF BROKEN KNIVES:
‘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. Plus it's got dragons with bad breath. Brilliant’
‘Grim, gritty and fast paced, with great battle scenes! Anna Smith-Spark is one to watch’
‘a bold experiment and feels like something new’
‘Holy crap this is good!’
‘On a par with R. Scott Bakker’