King Tyler Letrovius has lost control of his kingdom. Democracy is taking hold, and without a bloodline to continue his legacy, the council of lords has chosen to dethrone the once-powerful King of Blades. Unable to come to terms with the new conditions, Tyler's heart gives out and must be revived by a local physician. But not before Tyler spends a few minutes in Hell, tortured by a god called Aerial who needs Tyler but refuses to explain why.
When Tyler awakens, he learns that his knights have abandoned him and an army from one of the northern kingdoms is marching south, determined to strike the kingdom of Letrovium before its new leaders can act. Tyler must find a way to save his kingdom during the day even while he suffers in the darkness of Hell every time he falls asleep. In Hell, Tyler finds himself hounded by strange visions of a creature named Grendel and a mysterious long-dead hero named Beowulf.
Time is running out—Tyler is dying, and has only a few precious days to fulfill the demands of Aerial, the god of second chances.
Called one of the best fantasy-horror hybrids of 2011, The King of Blades features a complete re-imagining of mythical Beowulf myth told in a fantasy world where kingdoms wage war, industry threatens religion, and lords will do anything to retain control.
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Fans of George R.R. Martin, J.R.R. Tolkien, Patricia Briggs and Helen Hollick will feel right at home in this Arthurian fantasy tale inspired by the Beowulf myth.