Set in a world of subterfuge, treachery and the poisoner's art, this bold and exciting debut epic fantasy introduces a remarkable new talent to the genre and is a must-read for fans, from Joe Abercrombie and Terry Brooks to Robin Hobb and Scott Lynch . . .
A lawyer by training and the holder of a black belt in jujitsu, SAM HAWKE lives in Canberra. Her first novel was the acclaimed and multi-award-winning City of Lies. The 'Poison War' duology will conclude with Hollow Empire.
"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
"City of Lies grips from the first line . . . a compelling fantasy whodunnit - imagine Agatha Christie channelled through Robin Hobb - and a page-turning coming-of-age tale." -- Eric Brown * GUARDIAN *
"A tale of poisoners, deceit and treachery that will surely keep readers entranced. I don't read many stories as twisty and unpredictable, especially in the latter chapters, as this one, and I loved what Sam Hawke did." -- TERRY BROOKS
"Sibling protagonists anchor this sinuous 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
"Sam Hawke does a marvellous job . . . keeping the action tense and the mood fraught, with each plot twist and revelation driving you on to a shocking and satisfying conclusion. City of Lies combines a locked-room mystery with a spy thriller and action-packed fantasy to create an experience that leave you reading late into the night." * SFX magazine *