Seven Blades in Black (Paperback)
  • Seven Blades in Black (Paperback)
zoom

Seven Blades in Black (Paperback)

(author)
2 Reviews Sign in to write a review
£18.99
Paperback 672 Pages
Published: 02/05/2019
Notify me when available

Stay one step ahead and let us notify you when this item is next available to order.

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

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781473218239
Number of pages: 672
Weight: 840 g
Dimensions: 234 x 154 x 44 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Seven Blades in Black is terrific. The tale of Sal the Cacophony is delightfully sarcastic and deeply sorrowful - Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld

It's a big story, grand on scale and packed with themes that range from the rich/poor divide to racial intolerance and simple greed. It's also a rollicking read, a ripping yarn spent in the company of desperate, damaged, yet ultimately sympathetic individuals. Sykes's love of his characters shines through in his writing, making The City Stained Red his finest book yet. - Starburst Magazine

With playful language, distinctly drawn characters, and a cavalcade of action in service to a coherent plot, this book is a winner. I'll be reading the other books about Lenk and the gang while awaiting the next volume in the Bring Down Heaven trilogy - SF Signal

Exciting and inventive. I never realised how much I needed wizard-hunting gunslingers in my life - Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author of The Painted Man

Seven Blades in Black offers villains that are as memorable and unique as the heroes . . . It's an immersive read in a well realised world - Robin Hobb, New York Times bestselling author of Fool’s Assassin

Sam Sykes has crafted a splendid adventure story here, and I really had times where I could not put the book down and forced myself with eyes so tired to read one more chapter, and then another. - Sleepless Musings

There's plenty of slapstick humour despite the darkness and that familiar sense of wondrous adventure that lurks just around the corner is still here. Still, "The City Stained Red" somehow fells like a better and more streamlined version of its predecessors....Sykes tells just enough to make you eager for more. Well, consider the job done - I'm ready for the sequel. - Upcoming 4 Me

Sykes is a master at taking familiar elements of fantasy and stirring them to a wicked, wholly original churn . . . Ludicrous, wicked, delightful - Pierce Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising

Sykes' writing is full of heart, hilarity, and the frank understanding that as humans we are all disasters. Come for the adventures, stay for the weirdos - R.F. Kuang, author of The Poppy War

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 Armoured State

With skillful worldbuilding, unexpected humor, and characters real enough to touch, this is easily Sykes's best book to date - Publishers Weekly, starred review

An irresistible mix of passion and wit - David Dalglish

Compulsive from start to finish - Kirkus (starred review)

Gunslingers and mad mages and monsters, oh my - Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author

You may also be interested in...

Fire and Blood
Added to basket
Caraval
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
House of Earth and Blood
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Katabasis
Added to basket
£22.00
Hardback
Ink Blood Sister Scribe
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Godkiller
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
When the Moon Hatched
Added to basket
Bride
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi
Added to basket
Bury Our Bones in the Midnight Soil
Added to basket
Spectacular
Added to basket
£16.99
Hardback
Wind and Truth
Added to basket
The Book of Elsewhere
Added to basket
Queen B
Added to basket
£16.99
Hardback
Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries
Added to basket
Laura at Harrogate

“Snarky, funny, poignant and fabulous”

This was exactly what I would have expected from Sam Sykes, who I have followed on twitter for a long time and he is a joy...as is this novel. It tells the story of Sal the Cacophony, a Vagrant mage who prowls the... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 14

“This book has a very Western feel to it”

*I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

This story follows Sal the Cacophony, a vagrant who is waiting to be executed by the Rebellion. With... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 10

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.

env: aptum
branch: