‘A captivating epic of conflicted loyalties and dangerous ambition’ Anthony Ryan, New York Times bestselling author
‘Brilliantly told and immediately engrossing, filled with magic, mistakes, and their merciless consequences’ Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter
‘An exciting new voice in epic fantasy’ SFX
‘This is one of the best debuts I’ve ever read’ Novel Notions
My name is Wen Alder. My name is Foolish Cur.
All my life, I have been torn between two legacies: that of my father, whose roots trace back to the right hand of the Emperor. That of my mother’s family, who reject the oppressive Empire and embrace the resistance.
I can choose between them – between protecting my family, or protecting my people – or I can search out a better path . . . a magical path, filled with secrets, unbound by empire or resistance, which could shake my world to its very foundation.
But my search for freedom will entangle me in a war between the gods themselves . . .
The first book in the Pact and Pattern series. Fans of Robin Hobb, Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn and R.F. Kuang’s The Poppy War will love the magic running through every page.
‘J.T. Greathouse is about to take Patrick Rothfuss’s crown with The Hand of the Sun King‘ Mike Shackle
‘A coming-of-age narrative with the energy of a modern fantasy and the gravity of a classic’ M.L. Wang
‘Entertaining, richly imaginative and full of conflict’ Anna Stephens
‘An absolute triumph’ The Fantasy Hive
‘A staggering fantasy debut’ FanFiAddict