The Court of Broken Knives

Anna Smith Spark (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$15.99  $14.71
Publisher
Orbit
Publish Date
August 15, 2017
Pages
512
Dimensions
5.5 X 1.3 X 8.3 inches | 0.9 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780316511421
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About the Author

Anna Smith Spark lives in London, UK. She loves grimdark and epic fantasy and historical military fiction. Anna has a BA in Classics, an MA in history and a PhD in English Literature. She has previously been published in the Fortean Times and the poetry website www.greatworks.org.

Reviews

"Grim, gritty, and fast paced; with great battles scenes! Anna Smith-Spark is one to watch."--Andy Remic, author of the Blood Dragon Empire series
"Anna Smith-Spark writes in a unique voice with such pace and veracity your imagination has to struggle to keep up with your eyes."--Adrian Collins, Grimdark Magazine
"Captivating."--Marc Turner, author of the Chronicles of the Exile series
"Holy crap, this is good!"--Grim Tidings
"Fierce, gripping fantasy, exquisitely written; bitter, funny, and heart-rending by turns."--Adrian Tchaikovsky, Arthur C. Clarke Award winner for Children of Time
"All hail the queen of grimdark fantasy!"
--Michael R. Fletcher, author of Beyond Redemption

"Spark's first novel lives up to its billing as a 'grimdark' tale. The setting may be bleak and dreary, but the worldbuilding is well done and the characters fit right in. Troubled, solitary and downright drug-addled as the protagonist is, readers will come around to his side as the reasons why he seeks for the throne he lost are revealed."--RT Book 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. Plus it's got dragons with bad breath. Brilliant."--The Daily Mail (UK)
"Should appeal to grim dark fans looking for the extreme edge."--Kirkus
"Spark's gripping debut is definitely one to read and prize."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Gritty and glorious! A great read."--Miles Cameron, author of The Traitor Son Cycle
"Anna Smith Spark's debut The Court of Broken Knives is a fevered dream of a fantasy, set in a world where the saviors also seem to be the destroyers . . . . This book may not make you worship death like its characters do, but it weaves a spell that will consume you all the same."--B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
"It's a bold experiment and feels like something new. An interesting book to read and fascinating to discuss afterwards!"--Mark Lawrence
"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."--Scott Lynch