THEY'LL KILL TO HIDE THE TRUTH. HE'LL KILL TO FIND IT
The monarchies of the Royal Vispasian Union have been bound together for two hundred years by laws maintained and enforced by the powerful Sun Chamber. Nations have flourished as a result, but corruption, deprivation and murder will always find a way . . .
Following his father's death, Sun Chamber Officer Lucan Drakenfeld is recalled home to the ancient city of Tryum and rapidly embroiled in a mystifying case. The King's sister has been found brutally murdered - her beaten and bloody body discovered in a locked temple. With rumours of dark spirits and political assassination, Drakenfeld has his work cut out to separate superstition from certainty. His determination to find the killer quickly makes him a target, as the underworld gangs of Tryum focus on this new threat to their power.
Embarking on the biggest and most complex investigation of his career, Drakenfeld soon realizes the evidence is leading him towards a motive that could ultimately bring darkness to the whole continent. The fate of the nations is in his hands.
'Game of Thrones fans will find plenty to enjoy in the story's sharply played political skulduggery . . . an intriguing introduction to a world that's challenging and provocative without falling into Grimdark clichés'
'A smart, interesting thriller'
The plot? Ok. The setting/world building? Ok(ish). The prose and writing? O dear!
Did ever a book have such a need for an editor? Let me give an example. Read more
I'll start with the good bits; the story is a genuine page-turner (initially) and the main characters fairly well presented. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Cooper
Dont be fooled by the Germanic eagle on the front, this is set in a fantasy Roman setting. Solid world-building and well realised characters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by T. Andrews
When a fantasy novel is announced as a murder mystery set in a secondary world inspired by Ancient Rome *BOOM* I'm done and sold on reading said novel, especially if it's written... Read morePublished 8 months ago by W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada
A very interesting mix of crime novel and fantasy novel. very well written. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone looking for a different style of fantasy.Published 11 months ago by Zenock
The Royal Union has bound the nations of the Vispasian continent together for more than two centuries, with the ultranational police force known as the Sun Chamber being essential... Read morePublished 13 months ago by A. Whitehead