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The Hand of the Sun King: Book One

J.T. Greathouse

5 Reviews

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Fantasy

This debut fantasy kicks off the epic Pact and Pattern trilogy. Combining the intricate magic of Brent Weeks and the emotional heft of Robin Hobb, this is a novel about family and loyalty in the face of adversity.

'Brilliantly told and immediately engrossing, filled with magic, mistakes, and their merciless consequences' Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter

'A captivating epic of conflicted loyalties and dangerous ambition' Anthony Ryan, New York Times bestselling author

'This is one of the best debuts I've ever read' Novel Notions

'Exquisitie . . . Greathouse's characterisation, his prose, and worldbuilding are an absolute triumph' The Fantasy Hive

My name is Wen Alder. My name is Foolish Cur.

All my life, I have been torn between two legacies: my father's, whose family trace their roots back to the right hand of the Emperor. My mother's, whose family want to bring the Empire to its knees.

I can choose between them - between the safety of empire or the freedom of rebellion - or I can seek out a better path . . . one filled with magic and secrets, unbound by suffocating legacy, but one which could shake my world to its very foundation.

For my quest will bring me face to face with the gods themselves. And they have been watching. Waiting to make their move . . .

The first book in the Pact and Pattern series. Fans of Robin Hobb, Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn and R.F. Kuang's The Poppy War will love the magic running through every page.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 'J.T. Greathouse is about to take Patrick Rothfuss's crown' Mike Shackle

'A coming-of-age narrative with the energy of a modern fantasy and the gravity of a classic'
M.L. Wang

'Entertaining, richly imaginative and full of conflict'
Anna Stephens

'An absolute triumph'
The Fantasy Hive

'A staggering fantasy debut' FanFiAddict

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Praise for The Hand of the Sun King: Book One

  • An original fantasy filled with magic and culture - Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of Spine of the Dragon

  • A great coming of age story . . . I absolutely loved it - Nick Martell, author of Kingdom of Liars

  • A staggering fantasy debut with poetic prose and near-flawless characterisation - FanFiAddict

  • Loyalties relentlessly tested, weighty consequences, a cast of meaningful, well-developed characters, and a lush world that carefully considers its lore - Fantasy Book Review

  • The energy of a modern fantasy with the gravity of a classic, sure to hit with readers who like their prose vivid and their world-building lovingly textured - M.L. Wang, author of The Sword of Kaigen

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