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The Justice of Kings

ebook / ISBN-13: 9780356516394

Price: £12.99

ON SALE: 22nd February 2022

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Fantasy

‘A stunning piece of modern fantasy writing’ RJ Barker

‘Utterly compelling, thoroughly engrossing and written with such skilful assurance I could barely put it down’ Nicholas Eames

NO MAN IS ABOVE THE LAW

The Empire of the Wolf simmers with unrest. Rebels, heretics and powerful patricians all challenge the power of the imperial throne.

Only the Order of Justices stands in the way of chaos. Sir Konrad Vonvalt is the most feared Justice of all, upholding the law by way of his sharp mind, arcane powers and skill as a swordsman. At his side stands Helena Sedanka, his clerk and protégé, orphaned by the wars that forged the empire.

When the pair investigate the murder of a provincial aristocrat, they unearth a conspiracy that stretches to the very top of imperial society. As the stakes rise and become ever more personal, Vonvalt and Helena must make a choice: will they abandon the laws they’ve sworn to uphold in order to protect the empire?

Introducing an unforgettable protagonist destined to become a fantasy icon, The Justice of Kings is an unmissable debut where action, intrigue and magic collide.

Praise for The Justice of Kings

A fantastic debut’ Peter McLean

The Justice of Kings is equal parts heroic fantasy and murder mystery . . . Richard Swan’s sophisticated take on the fantasy genre will leave readers hungry for more’ Sebastien de Castell

‘A fascinating look at justice, vengeance and the law – great characters, compelling and wonderfully written. A brilliant debut and fantastic start to the series’ James Islington

‘Totally addictive. A truly riveting tale about law, war, morality and justice’ Novel Notions

‘A marvellously detailed world with an engrossing adventure from a unique perspective’ K. S. Villoso

‘Swan has built a dark and gritty world, filled it with beautifully written characters and lays out a master-crafted story to create an incredible book that you can’t put down’ FanFiAddict

Riveting . . . Swan crafts a strong, dynamic character in Vonvalt, and the twists will keep readers turning the pages’ Publishers Weekly

Reviews

Riveting . . . Swan crafts a strong, dynamic character in Vonvalt, and the whodunit twists will keep readers turning the pages
Publishers Weekly
An invigorating mix of the visceral and cerebral, set in a complex, grimy world, it asks questions about the nature of law and justice which have never been more timely
Dave Wragg
An intriguingly dark deconstruction of a beloved mystery trope
Kirkus (starred review)
The Justice of Kings is utterly compelling, thoroughly engrossing, and written with such skillful assurance I could barely put it down. The characters feel so real I swear I suffered every horror and hangover alongside them, and their world-though we see just the smallest portion of it here-feels vastly complex, poised on the brink of a disaster I can't wait to watch unfold
A stunning piece of modern fantasy writing
RJ Barker
A fantastic debut
Peter McLean
Swan has built a dark and gritty world, filled it with beautifully written characters and lays out a master-crafted story to create an incredible book that you can't put down
FanFiAddict
A fascinating look at justice, vengeance and the law - great characters, compelling and wonderfully written. A brilliant debut and fantastic start to the series
James Islington
The Justice of Kings is equal parts heroic fantasy and Sherlock Holmes mystery. Sir Konrad Vonvalt's fierce intellect and arcane powers will make you long to follow in his footsteps, but it's his young clerk, Helena who brings heart and dazzle to the story. Together they're a formidable team, and Richard Swan's sophisticated take on the fantasy genre will leave readers hungry for more
Sebastien de Castell
A brilliant book, with intrigue, excellent character arcs, a brutal magic system and a story I just could not put down
Grimdark Magazine
Totally addictive. A truly riveting tale about law, war, morality and justice
Novel Notions
A marvellously detailed world with an engrossing adventure from a unique perspective
K.S. Villoso, author of The Wolf of Oren-Yaro