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IF THESE STONES COULD SPEAK . . . THEY WOULD CALL FOR WAR.
In Shiang, the young king rules without dissent. Mazer swordsmen stand watch on every corner, looking for the first sign of rebellion. This city is a place of quiet and slow dignity, like a man eating rice with a razor pressed against his throat.
Yet with one sharp movement, order is overturned. The balance of centuries is undone in the sudden spill of blood - and in the darkness, something terrible returns to Shiang.
Far to the west, four Shiang masters approach the city walls of Darien. The sword saint and his companions have crossed a continent to bring an old man home for punishment. They will not be denied, even if the whole city stands in their way.
TWO ANCIENT CITIES. ONE FINAL WAR.
Discover where it all began in Darien the first book in Empire of Salt.
Discover your new favourite fantasy series . . .
The city of Darien lies at the heart of a dying empire.
Twelve families spoil for a throne soon to be made vacant - by murder or civil war. Into this fevered, hungry city come six strangers:
An orphan and an old swordsman.
A hunter and a pitiless killer.
A young thief and a cynical chancer.
As the sun sinks the city will know no slumber. For long dormant passions have awoken. Fortunes will be won and lost. Lives will be staked and claimed.
And a story long waiting to be told will catch fire in the telling . . .
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'One of the best fantasy novels I've read' *****
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'A must-read and a very welcome addition to the genre' *****
'Enough machinations, conspiracies and controversies to rival Game of Thrones' *****
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Darien is the first book in the Empire of Salt, THE epic fantasy series of spellbinding imagination . . .