By Adrian Selby
'A lifetime of enemies has its own price.' This debut epic fantasy from a British writer of incredible talent tells the tale of the Twenty, a band of mercenaries hunted by an unknown killer. Filled with unique voices and incredible worldbuilding, this stunning novel will please any fan of Joe Abercrombie or Mark Lawrence
Once they were a band of mercenaries who shook the pillars of the world through their cunning, their closely guarded alchemical brews and stone cold steel. Whoever met their price won.
Now, their glory days behind them and their genius leader in hiding, the warriors known as the 'Twenty' are being hunted down and eliminated one by one.
A lifetime of enemies has its own price.
ADRIAN SELBY studied creative writing at university before embarking on a career in video game production. He is a Tolkien fanatic and an online gaming addict, and lives with his wife and family on the south coast of England. His debut novel Snakewood is an epic and inventive fantasy about a company of mercenaries and the assassin trying to destroy them. You can find Adrian on Twitter, tweeting as @adrianlselby.
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17 Mar 2016
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Grim mercenaries and badass alchemists brought to life by a bold, assured storyteller — Peter Newman, author of THE VAGRANT
Set in a brutal world of subtle magic, clashing empires, and commercial interests, this is an impressive fantasy debut. Selby demonstrates the command of style, character, plotting, and world building of a seasoned author — Booklist
A lot to enjoy, especially if you are a fan of dark, gritty, old-soldier stories — Fantasy Faction
Uniquely dark and gritty fantasy. An intriguing debut — Bibliosanctum
Immensely readable . . . a fantasy novel that remembers that battles leave all kinds of scars — B&N Science Fiction and Fantasy blog
Covering ground well-trodden by Joe Abercrombie, with a similar use of earthy language and extreme violence, the story offers an original and effective twist with the use of potions, plants, and poisons on the battlefield . . . relish the well-choreographed action scenes in this debut fantasy — Library Journal
A very dark fantasy story with a distinct western flair . . . absolutely fascinating and incredibly original — Sense of Wonder
Snakewood's narrative voices are the real strength here . . . contemporary and as grimdark as it comes — British Fantasy Society