King Maker / Maurice Broaddus
“There are fewer greater pleasures in a reader’s life than witnessing a writer whose work they have enjoyed reached a new plateau in their storytelling skills, and such is the case here… Broaddus delivers in a voice that both whispers and roars and cannot be ignored.”
— Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild Award-winner Gary A. Braunbeck
The Wire meets Excalibur
On the streets of Indianapolis, the ancient Arthurian cycle is replaying in the lives of rival street gangs. Told through the eyes of King, as he gathers like-minded friends and warriors around him to venture into the fastness of Dred, the notorious crime lord, this is a stunning mix of myth and harsh reality. A truly remarkable novel.
[FILE UNDER: Crime gangs • Drug wars • An ancient bloodline • Dragon rising]
KING MAKER: THE KNIGHTS OF BRETON COURT BOOK ONE
Cover art: Steve Stone @ Artist Partners
“Maurice Broaddus has an uncanny ability to capture the flavor of the streets. This is a wild, imaginative journey grounded in a gritty reality so compelling that you’ll swear these characters must live in your own city. Put this on your must-read list!”
– Brandon Massey, award-winning author of Cornered and Don’t Ever Tell
“Deft characterization, authentic dialogue, exciting plot. Add a highly original premise: The Arthurian Legend magically springing up in the ‘hood, including the return of the King, Merlin, the Knights of the Round Table, and even a dab of chivalry. Maurice Broaddus has definitely brought his A-game to this urban joust.”
– Gene O’Neill
“Maurice Broaddus’ writing creates a dangerous and authentic mood. The language is fierce and evokes the gritty realism of life on the streets. When the supernatural elements are introduced, they drift through the novel like smoke, leaving the reader gradually horrified as the end game is reached… For some, King Maker is going to be the best read of 2010.”
“King Maker is a fascinating novel, a true urban fantasy in the literal definition of the term, and with assured prose and strong characters, should be on every SF fan’s shelf.”
– Adam Christopher
“KING MAKER’s strength is its ability to stay true-to-life even when the fantasy components come into play; the reader has enough time to get invested in the urban drama yet won’t find anything goofy when dragons, cannibals, and mystics are hinted at and eventually encountered.”
– Antibacterial Pope
“I have to give props to Broaddus for his creativity. This is no simple retelling of the Arthur legend with new names pasted in, this is a genuine and compelling story in its own right. Characters are complicated and have their own motivations and goals. None of them simply go through the motions dictated by the legend… King Maker is one of the best modern fantasies I’ve read in ages.”
– Nicholas Kaufmann’s Journal
“This is an excellent and original first novel of urban fantasy.”
– The Vegan Revolution
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4 March 2010
416pp A-format paperback
£7.99 UK $tbc Aus
ISBN use US ISBN
416pp mass-market paperback
$7.99 US, $8.99 CAN
ISBN 978 0 85766 052 7
ePub ISBN 978 0 85766 053 4