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The Empire of the Blood

by: Gav Thorpe


“Thorpe writes strong, uncluttered narrative, and his characters actually sound like real people.”
Tom Holt, SFX Magazine

A three-volume omnibus edition of the epic fantasy series of demonic magic and dark politics.

File Under: Fantasy [ Epic battles | Political Intrigue | Mystical Powers | Hidden Rulers ]


A sweeping fantasy of immense battles, demonic magic and dark politics. Collecting all three books in the Empire of the Blood saga in to a single omnibus edition. Books in The Empire of the Blood Series: 1. The Crown of the Blood (September 2010) 2. The Crown of the Conqueror (August 2011) 3. The Crown of the Usurper (August 2012)
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Angry Robot Books


Angry Robot


Empire of the Blood

Gav Thorpe is a New York Times bestselling author, and winner of the 2017 David Gemmell Legend Award for Fantasy. He has written over thirty sci-fi and fantasy novels and even more short stories, audiobooks and novellas. Gav has also worked on numerous tabletop and video games as designer, writer and world creation consultant. He has also delivered writing workshops and appeared on numerous discussion panels at literature and genre events.
Growing up in a tedious town just north of London, Gav originally intended to be an illustrator but after acknowledging an inability to draw or paint he turned his hand to writing. Gav spent 14 years as a developer for Games Workshop on the worlds of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 before going freelance in 2008. Gav lives with his partner and son Sammy, in Nottingham, England.

“I tore through The Crown of the Blood in one long sitting … This is a properly high fantasy world – rock people, dark sorcery, landships, riding panther and (of course) dinosaurs – but all of it is introduced naturally and casually … his book is hairy, gory, sweaty, shameless… and perhaps even a little bit thoughtful.”

For The Crown of the Blood

The Crown of the Blood should really have a warning sticker on the front (Angry Robots take note) it’s one of those books that are almost impossible to put down, so much so that you find yourself unconsciously continuing to (try to) read after getting up to make a brew / go to work / go to bed (delete as applicable and don’t try this at home kids). The novel also stands out with a very strong opening scene and excellent end, with a genuinely unexpected twist.”

For Crown of the Conqueror

“Well written, cunningly plotted and above all else a combat story of survival that shows that Thorpe is more than prepared to slaughter a world to establish his own rule. Great stuff.”
Falcata Times

“All in all, The Crown of the Conqueror (A+) is another excellent fantasy that I strongly recommend … the author has another winner here!”
Fantasy Book Critic

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