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The Boy with the Porcelain Blade (Paperback)

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An ornate yet dark fantasy, with echoes of Mervyn Peake, Robin Hobb and Jon Courtenay Grimwood. An original and beautifully imagined world, populated by unforgettable characters. Lucien de Fontein has grown up different. One of the mysterious and misshapen Orfano who appear around the Kingdom of Landfall, he is a talented fighter yet constantly lonely, tormented by his deformity, and well aware that he is a mere pawn in a political game. Ruled by an insane King and the venomous Majordomo, it is a world where corruption and decay are deeply rooted - but to a degree Lucien never dreams possible when he first discovers the plight of the 'insane' women kept in the haunting Sanatoria. Told in a continuous narrative interspersed with flashbacks we see Lucien grow up under the care of his tutors. We watch him forced through rigorous Testings, and fall in love, set against his yearning to discover where he comes from, and how his fate is tied to that of every one of the deformed Orfano in the Kingdom, and of the eerie Sanatoria itself.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9780575133976
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 232 x 154 x 26 mm

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“An interesting, creepy new fantasy trilogy.”

This book was not what I was expecting from the blurb and opening chapter. It starts at a critical point in the main character Lucien's life, as he faces the final test that will complete his training as a... More

Hardback edition
2nd April 2014
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“Strong debut novel”

What gripped me in this novel was the story and characters. It's definitely a page turner of a fantasy novel filled with magic, mystery and conniving plots within plots. I felt most strongly for the hero Lucien,... More

Hardback edition
27th March 2014
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“The Boy with the Porcelain Blade”

I found The Boy with the Porcelain Blade quite a difficult book to get into, the story alternates between the past and present which takes a little getting used to. Also the central character, Lucien, is really rather... More

Paperback edition
18th March 2014
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