The first book in The Last War series: a debut epic fantasy full of crunching revolutionary action, twisted magic, and hard choices in dark times.
The war is over. The enemy won.
Jia's people learned the hard way that there are no second chances. The Egril, their ancient enemy, struck with magic so devastating that Jia's armies were wiped out. Now terror reigns in the streets, and friend turns on friend just to live another day.
Somehow Tinnstra - a deserter, a failure, nothing but a coward - survived. She wants no more than to hide from the chaos.
But dragged into a desperate plot to retake Jia, surrounded by people willing to do anything to win the fight, this time Tinnstra will need to do more than hide.
If Jia is to get a second chance after all, this time she will need to be a hero.
With all the grit of Joe Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence and Ed McDonald, this is fantasy with the sharpest of edges.
* * * * * * * * * * 'The next Game of Thrones' Glen Cook, author of The Black Company
'Tarantino crossed with David Gemmell' Peter McLean, author of Priest of Bones
'A powerful debut' Gavin Smith, author of The Bastard Legion
Original, engaging, flawed but very-human characters . . . This is a powerful debut and Shackle is an author to watch - Gavin Smith, author of The Bastard Legion
A masterpiece of a story about hope, resistance and fellowship - The Book Bag
Likely the next Game of Thrones, and the best book I've read in several years . . . I can't think how to tone down my enthusiasm - Glen Cook, author of The Black Company
Like Tarantino crossed with David Gemmell . . . Absolutely splendid. Shackle has come up with something really special here, and I enjoyed it enormously - Peter McLean
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.