A revenge story of double-crossing, backstabbing and assassinations in a perfect, evocative, gothic fantasy.
Mixing Machiavellian intrigue and the high fantasy of authors like Scott Lynch and Robin Hobb, Den Patrick's fantasy novels, with their Renaissance Italy like setting have brought an enticing new flavour to the fantasy genre. In a castle that is, itself, reminiscent of Gormenghast in its size and brooding presence a collection of young, flawed but resilient outsiders find their way in a dangerous society teetering on the brink of dramatic change, even as it learns the fantastical secrets of its past.
Anea is the Silent Queen and she is struggling to bring change to the ancient society of Landfall. Vested interests and dark magics alike are determined to hold onto power and in a society where the loyalties of many are fluid and the true nature of the players is hidden the game of politics can be a lethal one even for those close to the throne.
Den Patrick has won an enthusiastic audience for this series and has rapidly become a key figure amongst a new generation of fantasy writers bringing a fresh engagement to the genre world both on the page and within the fan community.
If you are a fan of Scott Lynch, or just fantasy in general, then you should check this book out! - Smash Dragons
Fast-paced, bloody and darkly satisfying - The Book Bag
Readers who like their fantasy intelligent and historical shouldn't miss this one. You'll have a blast - Upcoming 4 Me