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The Crown of the Blood

“Thorpe writes strong, uncluttered narrative, and his characters actually sound like real people.”
Tom Holt, SFX


He had brought his master’s Empire to the furthest reaches of the world. All had fallen before him. Now he longs for home.


File Under: Fantasy [ Epic battles | Political Intrigue | Mystical Powers | Hidden Rulers ]


The first book in the Empire of the Blood series

 

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He had brought his master’s Empire to the furthest reaches of the world. All had fallen before him. Now he longs for home.

Now it’s time to take the long journey home, back to the revered heart of the great Empire he had helped create for his distant masters. But when he returns to the capital, life there is so very different from what he had believed. Could it be that everything he has fought for, has conquered and killed for, has been a lie?

A sweeping fantasy of immense battles, demonic magic and dark politics.

Series Empire of the Blood
Title

The Crown of the Blood

Author

Gav Thorpe

Publication date

31 Aug 2010

Cover Art Paul Young @ Artist Partners
Ebook

31st August 2010 | 9780857660596 | Epub & Mobi | RRP £5.49

US Print

28th September 2010 | 9780857660589 |  Massmarket Paperback | RRP US$7.99 / CAN$8.99

UK Print

1st January 2010 | 9780857660572 |  Paperback | RRP £7.99

Goodreads URL Discuss and Review The Crown of the Blood

“I tore through The Crown of the Blood in one long sitting… This is a properly high fantasy world – rock people, dark sorcery, landships, riding panther and (of course) dinosaurs – but all of it is introduced naturally and casually… his book is hairy, gory, sweaty, shameless… and perhaps even a little bit thoughtful.”
Pornokitsch

“This is one of Thorpe’s best novels. The setting and story are well thought out and are remarkably logical for a fantasy novel. If you enjoy military or historical fiction, you will enjoy The Crown of the Blood. Action, intrigue, conquest, and charismatic generals are waiting for you here!”
James Atlantic Speaks

The Crown of the Blood (Gav Thorpe) is an old-fashioned sword and sorcery romp. There’s not a great deal of sorcery, but there’s lots of fighting and plotting and planning to conquer… it’s a fun book. This book is for readers who want a blast from the past; who want their hour of adventure in a strange world.”
Gillian Polack

“This is an absolutely fantastic novel; I recommend it.”
Daniel’s Thoughts

“There’s plenty to keep you turning the pages… An intriguing ending promises something different for book two”
SFX Magazine

The Crown of the Blood should really have a warning sticker on the front (Angry Robots take note) it’s one of those books that are almost impossible to put down, so much so that you find yourself unconsciously continuing to (try to) read after getting up to make a brew / go to work / go to bed (delete as applicable and don’t try this at home kids). The novel also stands out with a very strong opening scene and excellent end, with a genuinely unexpected twist.”
SFBook.com

Gav Thorpe works from Nottingham, England and has written more than a dozen novels and even more short stories. Growing up in a tedious town just north of London, he originally intended to be an illustrator but after acknowledging an inability to draw or paint he turned his hand to writing.

Gav spent 14 years as a developer for Games Workshop on the worlds of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 before going freelance in 2008. It is claimed (albeit solely by our Gav, frankly) that he is merely a puppet of a mechanical hamster called Dennis that intends to take over the world via the global communications network. When not writing, Gav enjoys playing games, cooking, pro-wrestling and smiling wryly.

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