For fans of Nicholas Eames, Scott Lynch and Brandon Sanderson, SEVEN BLADES IN BLACK is a fast-paced fantasy adventure from an author who has won high praise from Robin Hobb
Acclaimed author Sam Sykes returns with a brilliant new epic fantasy that introduces an unforgettable outcast mage caught between two warring empires.
Her magic was stolen. She was left for dead.
Betrayed by those she trusts most and her magic ripped from her, all Sal the Cacophony has left is her name, her story, and the weapon she used to carve both. But she has a will stronger than magic, and knows exactly where to go.
The Scar, a land torn between powerful empires, where rogue mages go to disappear, disgraced soldiers go to die and Sal went with a blade, a gun, and a list of seven names.
Revenge will be its own reward.
Seven Blades in Black offers villains that are as memorable and unique as the heroes. Action, magic, romance and humor mingle well in this mammoth tale. It's an immersive read in a well realized world - Robin Hobb
Sykes is a master at taking familiar elements of fantasy and stirring them to a wicked, wholly original churn. In Sal the Cacophony, Sykes has crafted a protagonist for the ages. Ludicrous, wicked, delightful - Pierce Brown, author of Red Rising
Seven Blades in Black is terrific. The tale of Sal the Cacophony is delightfully sarcastic and deeply sorrowful. If you've ever wanted to read Final Fantasy: The Book, this is it - Nicholas Eames, author of KINGS OF THE WYLD
By the end of the first page, you'll know Sam is in love with his characters. By the end of the second, you'll know you are too - Myke Cole, author of THE ARMOURED SAINT
A love letter to Final Fantasy and badass women, told with with an irresistible mix of passion and wit - David Daglish
Gunslingers and mad mages and monsters, oh my. Sykes' latest is a brutal and vulgar epic yet still fun enough that - and I say this as the highest of compliments - makes me wish like hell it ends up with an adaptation into a role-playing game - Chuck Wendig
It's a big story, grand on scale and packed with themes that range from the rich/poor divide to racial intolerance and simple greed. It's also a rollicking read, a ripping yarn spent in the company of desperate, damaged, yet ultimately sympathetic individuals. Sykes's love of his characters shines through in his writing. The Mortal Tally - Starburst Magazine
Insouciant, unrepentant and irrepressible adventurers in a powder keg of a city. And that's just how the story begins. The City Stained Red