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City of Lies

(2018)
(The first book in the Poison Wars series)
A novel by

 
 
I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me . . .

Only a handful of people in Silasta know Jovan's real purpose in life. To most, he is just another son of the ruling class. The quiet, forgettable friend of the Chancellor's charming, irresponsible heir. In reality, Jovan has been trained for most of his life to detect, concoct and withstand poisons in order to protect the ruling family.

His sister Kalina is too frail to share in their secret family duty. While other women of the city hold positions of power and responsibility, her path is full of secrets and lies - some hidden even from her own brother.

Until now, peace has reigned in Silasta for hundreds of years. But when the Chancellor succumbs to an unknown poison and an army storms the gates, the so-called Bright City is completely unprepared. It falls to Jovan and Kalina to protect the heir and save their homeland - but first they must make their way through a new world of unexpected treachery, a world where the ancient spirits are rising . . . and angry.

This fabulous epic fantasy debut will appeal to readers of Joe Abercrombie and Terry Brooks, Robin Hobb and Mark Lawrence and all points in between.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"A tale of poisoners, deceit, and treachery that will surely keep readers entranced." - Terry Brooks

"Sibling protagonists anchor this twisty story of old grievances coming to a boil. Hawke writes with nuance about the loves, loyalties, ambitions, and resentments that bind her characters together and threaten to tear them apart." - Kate Elliott

"Absolutely loved this; the world building is brilliant, the mystery and crime elements merge seamlessly into a fantastical world of poisoners, warrior-guilds and ancient magic. But the heart of the story is the central characters, they’re written with such depth, flawed, human and likeable. City of Lies is a wonderful read and one that I'd highly recommend to all lovers of fantasy." - John Gwynne

"If the first line doesn’t make you buy this book, you should turn in your fantasy-lover’s badge. City of Lies got me through sitting seven hours in an airport, and proves that a tale about the one who risks his life to thwart assassins can be as compelling as any assassin’s tale." - Robin Hobb

"An enormously enjoyable read, one of the best new fantasies I’ve seen in a long time." - Adrian Tchaikovsky


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Hardback Editions

August 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: City of Lies (Poison Wars 1)
Author(s): Sam Hawke
ISBN: 1-78763-012-9 / 978-1-78763-012-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bantam Press
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July 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: City of Lies: A Poison War Novel (The Poison Wars)
Author(s): Sam Hawke
ISBN: 1-250-30668-X / 978-1-250-30668-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

June 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: City of Lies
Author(s): Sam Hawke
ISBN: 0-552-17629-X / 978-0-552-17629-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi
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July 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: City of Lies
Author(s): Sam Hawke
ISBN: 1-78763-013-7 / 978-1-78763-013-0 (UK edition)
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July 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: City of Lies: A Poison War Novel (The Poison Wars)
Author(s): Sam Hawke
ISBN: 0-7653-9689-0 / 978-0-7653-9689-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Audio Editions

August 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: City of Lies
Author(s): Sam Hawke
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August 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: City of Lies
Author(s): Sam Hawke
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August 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: City of Lies
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July 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: City of Lies: A Poison War Novel (The Poison Wars)
Author(s): Sam Hawke
ISBN: 1-4272-9773-8 / 978-1-4272-9773-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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July 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: City of Lies: A Poison War Novel
Author(s): Sam Hawke
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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July 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: City of Lies: A Poison War Novel
Author(s): Sam Hawke
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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July 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: City of Lies: A Poison War Novel
Author(s): Sam Hawke
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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Kindle Editions

August 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: City of Lies (Poison Wars 1)
Author(s): Sam Hawke
Publisher: Transworld Digital
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July 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: City of Lies: A Poison War Novel (The Poison Wars Book 1)
Author(s): Sam Hawke
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA