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Seven Blades in Black

(2019)
(The first book in the Grave of Empires series)
A novel by

 
 
Acclaimed author Sam Sykes returns with a brilliant new epic fantasy that introduces to an unforgettable outcast magician caught between two warring empires.

'Seven Blades in Black offers villains that are as memorable and unique as the heroes. Action, magic, romance and humor mingle well in this mammoth tale. It's an immersive read in a well realized world' Robin Hobb

Set in the Scar, where the magical, decadent Imperium battles the upstart, technologically-savvy Revolution, SEVEN BLADES IN BLACK follows the exploits of Sal the Cacophony, the most famous and dangerous of all the rogue mages.

Among humans, none have power like mages. And among mages, none have will like Sal the Cacophony. Once revered, now vagrant, she walks a wasteland scarred by generations of magical warfare.

The Scar, a land torn between powerful empires, is where rogue mages go to disappear, disgraced soldiers go to die and Sal went with a blade, a gun and a list of names she intended to use both on.

But vengeance is a flame swift extinguished. Betrayed by those she trusted most, her magic torn from her and awaiting execution, Sal the Cacophony has one last tale to tell before they take her head.

All she has left is her name, her story and the weapon she used to carved both.

Vengeance is its own reward.

PRAISE FOR SEVEN BLADES IN BLACK

'Sykes is a master at taking familiar elements of fantasy and stirring them to a wicked, wholly original churn. In Sal the Cacophony, Sykes has crafted a protagonist for the ages. Ludicrous, wicked, delightful' Pierce Brown, author of Red Rising

'Exciting and inventive. I never realized how much I needed wizard-hunting gunslingers in my life. Buy Sam's book' Peter V. Brett, author of The Painted Man

'Seven Blades in Black is terrific. The tale of Sal the Cacophony is delightfully sarcastic and deeply sorrowful. If you've ever wanted to read Final Fantasy: The Book, this is it' Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld

'By the end of the first page, you'll know Sam is in love with his characters. By the end of the second, you'll know you are too' Myke Cole, author of The Armored Saint

'Gunslingers and mad mages and monsters, oh my. Sykes' latest is a brutal and vulgar epic yet still fun enough that - and I say this as the highest of compliments - makes me wish like hell it ends up with an adaptation into a role-playing game' Chuck Wendig

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"'Exciting and inventive. I never realized how much I needed wizard-hunting gunslingers in my life. Buy Sam's book." - Peter V Brett

"Sykes is a master at taking familiar elements of fantasy and stirring them to a wicked, wholly original churn. In Sal the Cacophony, Sykes has crafted a protagonist for the ages. Ludicrous, wicked, delightful." - Pierce Brown

"By the end of the first page, you'll know Sam is in love with his characters. By the end of the second, you'll know you are too." - Myke Cole

"Seven Blades in Black is terrific. The tale of Sal the Cacophony is delightfully sarcastic and deeply sorrowful. If you've ever wanted to read Final Fantasy: The Book, this is it." - Nicholas Eames

"Seven Blades in Black offers villains that are as memorable and unique as the heroes. Action, magic, romance and humor mingle well in this mammoth tale. It's an immersive read in a well realized world." - Robin Hobb

"Sam Sykes writes action fantasy with soul." - Brent Weeks

"Gunslingers and mad mages and monsters, oh my. Sykes' latest is a brutal and vulgar epic yet still fun enough that - and I say this as the highest of compliments - makes me wish like hell it ends up with an adaptation into a role-playing game." - Chuck Wendig


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Paperback Editions

February 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Seven Blades in Black (Grave of Empires 1)
Author(s): Sam Sykes
ISBN: 1-4732-1824-1 / 978-1-4732-1824-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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May 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Seven Blades in Black (Grave of Empires 1)
Author(s): Sam Sykes
ISBN: 1-4732-1823-3 / 978-1-4732-1823-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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April 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Seven Blades in Black (The Grave of Empires (1))
Author(s): Sam Sykes
ISBN: 0-316-36343-X / 978-0-316-36343-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Orbit
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Audio Editions

May 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Seven Blades in Black
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May 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Seven Blades in Black
Author(s): Sam Sykes
Publisher: Gollancz
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May 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Seven Blades in Black
Author(s): Sam Sykes
Publisher: Gollancz
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April 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Seven Blades in Black
Author(s): Sam Sykes
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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April 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Seven Blades in Black
Author(s): Sam Sykes
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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Kindle Editions

May 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Seven Blades in Black (Grave of Empires 1)
Author(s): Sam Sykes
Publisher: Gollancz
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April 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Seven Blades in Black (The Grave of Empires Book 1)
Author(s): Sam Sykes
Publisher: Orbit
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA