'One of the best fantasy novels of the year' Novel Notions
'Probably my favourite book of the year' The Chronicler
'One of the best books I've read this year' Starlit Book
The sequel to the darkly fantastic WE ARE THE DEAD: with more unflinching action, A FOOL'S HOPE sees Jia's revolutionaries dig in their heels as they learn that wars aren't won in a day.
War takes everything.
From Tinnstra, it took her family and thrust her into a conflict she wanted only to avoid. Now her queen's sole protector, she must give all she has left to keep Zorique safe.
It has taken just as much from Jia's revolutionaries. Dren and Jax - battered, tortured, once enemies themselves - must hold strong against their bruised invaders, the Egril.
For the Egril intend to wipe Jia from the map. They may have lost a battle, but they are coming back.
If Tinnstra and her allies hope to survive, Jia's heroes will need to be ready when they do.
With more bone-crunching action, tough choices and impossible odds, fans of Joe Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence and Ed McDonald will find something to love in this series.
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THE LAST WAR
Book One: We Are the Dead
One of the best fantasy novels of the year. Shackle has outdone himself - Novel Notions
A most excellent follow-up to We Are the dead, and one of the best books I've read this year - Starlit Book
Epic and horrific, wonderful and depressing, exhilarating and distressing and truly a must-read for all fans of the genre . . . probably my favourite book of the year - The Chronicler
It's incredible - The Swordsmith
Likely the next Game of Thrones
Like Tarantino crossed with David Gemmell
Originally from London, Mike Shackle has called Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, New York and Dubai his home over the years before settling down with his family in Vancouver. In that time, he's sold washing machines, cooked for royalty, designed a few logos, and made a lot of ads. Ideally, he's happiest day dreaming over a cup of tea.