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The Court of Broken Knives - Anna Smith Spark
The Court of Broken Knives
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In the richest empire the world has ever known, the city of Sorlost has always stood, eternal and unconquered. But in a city of dreams governed by an imposturous Emperor, decadence has become the true ruler, and has blinded its inhabitants to their vulnerability. The empire is on the verge of... show more
In the richest empire the world has ever known, the city of Sorlost has always stood, eternal and unconquered. But in a city of dreams governed by an imposturous Emperor, decadence has become the true ruler, and has blinded its inhabitants to their vulnerability. The empire is on the verge of invasion – and only one man can see it.

Haunted by dreams of the empire’s demise, Orhan Emmereth has decided to act. On his orders, a company of soldiers cross the desert to reach the city. Once they enter the Palace, they have one mission: kill the Emperor, then all those who remain. Only from ashes can a new empire be built.

The company is a group of good, ordinary soldiers, for whom this is a mission like any other. But the strange boy Marith who walks among them is no ordinary soldier. Marching on Sorlost, Marith thinks he is running away from the past which haunts him. But in the Golden City, his destiny awaits him – beautiful, bloody, and more terrible than anyone could have foreseen.
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9780316511438
Publisher: Orbit
Pages no: 512
Edition language: English
Series: Empires of Dust (#1)
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lindbergseth
lindbergseth rated it
4.5 Unconventionally written - solidly grim
Anna Smith Spark's The Court of Broken Knives is epic, grim, and filled with amoral characters; and its delivered with an unconventional writing style. It worked for me, since I value and enjoy books that deviate from the norm; the oddly poetic style became familiar as if I was listening to the auth...
imyril
imyril rated it
3.0 The Court of Broken Knives
Rated purely on enjoyment this would be 2 stars for me, but it's well-written and will please many people who aren't me.The prose is carefully crafted (sometimes too much so for my taste) and the plot is familiar: a political conspiracy, a young man with a destiny, and a beautiful woman trapped by c...
Evaine's Books, Books and More Books
Evaine's Books, Books and More Books rated it
2.5 The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark - My Thoughts
This book was so damned dark and bleak... Grimdark? Oh my GAWD, it was freaking grim and dark to the nth degree!Now I have no problem with grimdark fantasy. I like characters with flaws and who aren't goodie-goodies. This post on Fantasy Hive by Cameron Johnston, published just yesterday, reflec...
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