The epic conclusion of Stephen Deas fun fantasy series of misfits grifting their way to the top.
File Under: Fantasy [ Tough crowd | i-Spy | Forbidden fun | End of an era ]
The Wraiths have raised an army of the dead. An army of the living is marching on the throne. Caught in the middle, Myla is supposed to be spying on a sorceress who can read minds. Things are not going well.
Far away, Seth and Fings are trying their hardest to have nothing to do with any of this. All Fings has to do is not steal anything. All Seth has to do is not meddle with Forbidden Magics. All they have to do is lie low. And for once, it’s all going swimmingly. Until, that is, Fings sees a face he thought they’d left behind in the ashes of Deephaven.
As Seth’s past catches up with him and Myla unravels the true nature of the Empire’s new Princess-Regent, the trio converge on the dead city of Valladrune. Armed with sinister secret behind an old war, they once more hold the fate of the Empire in their reluctant hands.
If only they knew what the heck to do with it.
25th April 2023 | 9781915202604 | epub | £4.99/$6.99/$8.99
25th April 2023 | 9781915202604 | Trade Paperback | £10.99/$18.99/$24.99
Stephen Deas, born in 1968 in Southeast England, is an English fantasy author. He is most famous for his fantasy opus, the Memory of Flames sequence, set in a fantasy world inhabited by dragons.
PRAISE FOR STEPHEN DEAS
“Subterfuge and skulduggery from one of my favourite fantasy writers.” – RJ Barker, author of The Bone Ships
“Adventure fantasy in the classic style, as faction battles faction in a city of blood and grit and deathtrap back alleys. But it’s the storytelling that makes the pages fly by. Wit, humor, and a percolating sense of enchantment are signatures of a Stephen Deas novel, and this is Deas at the top of his game.” – Robert V.S. Redick, author of Master Assassins and The Red Wolf Conspiracy
“A big, rich world, with a plot full of surprises and characters that will linger long after you finish the book… not to be missed.” – Joshua Philip Johnson, author of The Forever Sea
“This dark and gritty fantasy is recommended for readers wanting the scope of an epic with the grittiness of grimdark urban fantasy. It will be loved by those who are looking for stories that exhibit all the darkness at the heart of “Game of Thrones” set in the mean streets of the grittiest of fantasy cities, and/or those who like antihero protagonists stuck in a morally gray area.” – Library Journal
“Three unlikely characters land in the midst of political intrigue in this fun fantasy from Deas…This will most appeal to fantasy readers who love seeing everyday characters caught up in sweeping events.” – Publishers Weekly
“Deas’s prose is witty, occasionally almost Pratchett-like…there’s something vital and dangerous going on in the world, but our fun comes from the petty tragedies of three downtrodden rogues.” – SFX
“Readers who like their high fantasy laced with revenge and political intrigue will find this tale of interest.” – Booklist