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For the Killing of Kings

(2018)
(The first book in the Ring-Sworn Trilogy series)
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Howard Andrew Jones' powerful world-building brings this epic fantasy to life in For The Killing of Kings, the first book of his new adventure-filled trilogy.

Their peace was a fragile thing, but it had endured for seven years, mostly because the people of Darassus and the king of the Naor hordes believed his doom was foretold upon the edge of the great sword hung in the hall of champions. Unruly Naor clans might raid across the border, but the king himself would never lead his people to war so long as the blade remained in the hands of his enemies.

But when squire Elenai’s aging mentor uncovers evidence that the sword in their hall is a forgery she’s forced to flee Darassus for her life, her only ally the reckless, disillusioned Kyrkenall the archer. Framed for murder and treason, pursued by the greatest heroes of the realm, they race to recover the real sword, only to stumble into a conspiracy that leads all the way back to the Darassan queen and her secretive advisors. They must find a way to clear their names and set things right, all while dodging friends determined to kill them – and the Naor hordes, invading at last with a new and deadly weapon.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Where do I begin with For the Killing of Kings? Do I start with my impressions of the central murder mystery, which unfolds to fascinating and devastating effect? Do I go on about the two central characters, a grizzled drunk and a bright-eyed but promising recruit, who play foil to one another beautifully? Perhaps I could mention the way it tips its hat to Arthurian legend without becoming beholden to it, and how it put a smile on my face. I might even touch on how deftly the world was revealed, layer after mesmerizing layer. In the end, though, I suppose what matters most is the experience. What you have in Howard Andrew Jones' latest novel is a story that entrances, that draws you deep into its pages, that cradles you on a journey as rewarding as it is intriguing. Readers who crave rich, immersive tales will not be disappointed." - Bradley Beaulieu

"A fantastic adventure! Wit and mystery abound in this fast-paced epic across a stunning new world." - S A Chakraborty

"Honor pushed out of fashion by fanaticism, honest talent diverted by tyranny, monsters at every border, deceit guiding all: For the Killing of Kings is a fantasy for our times, with a sword at its backbone but humans at its heart. World-building shines out of every ritual, in fragments of poetry and lines of plays. There are strong women on practically every page, strong friendships, plenty of warriors and mages, fight scenes galore, and a sense of playfulness to parry each stroke of solemnity. Reading Howard Andrew Jones is like opening a present from a friend who keeps promising, with a cheeky grin: 'This is my best one yet.' And it's always true." - C S E Cooney

"Jones writes well, strong prose giving a good sense of setting and able to stir emotions without ever getting itself noticed.... but the real strength of the book is simply that it is fun to read." - Mark Lawrence

"For the Killing of Kings is a fast, fun swords and sorcery tale in the grand style, but updated for a modern reader. Magic, mayhem, betrayal, reversal, sword fights, court intrigue--this book hits all the right notes and has a great time doing it. Jones' Altenerai are a great addition to the heroic tradition--imagine Mercedes Lackey's heralds recruited from a bar in Fritz Leiber's ?Lankhmar and you'll get something of their flavor. If you enjoy my Fallen Blade books you will find a lot to like in this novel." - Kelly McCullough

"For the Killing of Kings is set in a sumptuously detailed world and combines mystery, intrigue, fast-paced action, and magic that comes vividly to life for a true sense of wonder." - Ilana C Myer

"Howard Andrew Jones, an aficionado nonpareil of heroic adventure, has surpassed himself. For the Killing of Kings is the opening salvo of a thrilling epic set in a world that only he could envision: a thunderous, sword-clanging treat." - Ian Tregillis

"For the Killing of Kings is a fast-paced adventure combined with an engrossing mystery, all set in a unique and original fantasy world. I can't wait to find out what happens next!" - Martha Wells


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Used availability for Howard Andrew Jones's For the Killing of Kings

Hardback Editions

August 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: For the Killing of Kings (The Ring-Sworn Trilogy, 1)
Author(s): Howard Andrew Jones
ISBN: 1-250-00681-3 / 978-1-250-00681-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

April 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: For the Killing of Kings: The Ring-Sworn Trilogy, Book 1
Author(s): Howard Andrew Jones
Publisher: Vibrance Press
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April 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: For the Killing of Kings: The Ring-Sworn Trilogy, Book 1
Author(s): Howard Andrew Jones
Publisher: Vibrance Press
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

February 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: For the Killing of Kings (The Ring-Sworn Trilogy Book 1)
Author(s): Howard Andrew Jones
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU