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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 an unforgettable outcast mage caught between two warring empires.

Her magic was stolen. She was left for dead.

Betrayed by those she trusts most and her magic ripped from her, all Sal the Cacophony has left is her name, her story, and the weapon she used to carve both. But she has a will stronger than magic, and knows exactly where to go.

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

Revenge will be its own reward.



For more from Sam Sykes, check out:

The Affinity for Steel Trilogy
Tome of the Undergates
Black Halo
The Skybound Sea


Bring Down Heaven
The City Stained Red
The Mortal Tally
God's Last Breath

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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Used availability for Sam Sykes's Seven Blades in Black

Paperback Editions

November 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Seven Blades in Black
Author(s): Sam Sykes
ISBN: 1-4732-1824-1 / 978-1-4732-1824-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


May 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Seven Blades in Black
Author(s): Sam Sykes
ISBN: 1-4732-1823-3 / 978-1-4732-1823-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


April 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Seven Blades in Black (The Grave of Empires)
Author(s): Sam Sykes
ISBN: 0-316-36343-X / 978-0-316-36343-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Orbit
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

May 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Seven Blades in Black
Author(s): Sam Sykes
Publisher: Gollancz
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May 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Seven Blades in Black
Author(s): Sam Sykes
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon AU   


May 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Seven Blades in Black
Author(s): Sam Sykes
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon UK   


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
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

May 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Seven Blades in Black
Author(s): Sam Sykes
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


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