‘If the first line doesn’t make you buy this book, you should turn in your fantasy-lover’s badge. . . a tale about the one who risks his life to thwart assassins can be as compelling as any assassin’s tale.’ — Robin Hobb
‘Sibling protagonists anchor this twisty 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
‘I absolutely loved it. There’s so much to enjoy in City of Lies; the worldbuilding is brilliant, the mystery and crime elements merge seamlessly into a fantastical world of poisoners, warrior-guilds and ancient magic. But the heart of the story is the central characters; they’re written with such depth, flawed, human and likeable. City of Lies is a wondeful read and one that I’d highly recommend to all lovers of fantasy.’ — John Gwynne
‘An enormously enjoyable read, one of the best new fantasies I’ve seen in a long time.’ — Adrian Tchaikovsky
‘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
‘Everything in this book, from characters to plot, from ideas to worldbuilding, made for a fantastic read.’ — the Fantasy Inn
‘An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery.’ — Booknest.eu
‘A tightly wound and ever escalating plot is complemented by the cast’s refreshing nuances… A well-crafted debut with believable political intrigues, solid worldbuilding, and original characters.’ — Kirkus Reviews
POISON. TREACHERY. ANCIENT SPIRITS. SIEGES.
THE POISON WARS BEGIN NOW.
Jovan wears two faces. Outwardly, he is the lifelong friend of the Chancellor’s charming, irresponsible Heir. Quiet. Forgettable. In secret, Jovan is a master of poisons and chemicals, trained to protect the Chancellor’s family from treachery.
His sister, Kalina, hides her frustrations behind a mask of calm. While other women of the city hold positions of power and responsibility, her own path is one of secrets and lies—hidden even from her own brother.
When the Chancellor succumbs to an unknown poison and a revolutionary army lays siege to the city, Jovan and Kalina’s structured world unravels. Trapped and desperate, they soon discover their civilized country also has two faces; behind the beauty and sophistication is an ugly past built on oppression and treachery…
New Zealand: 12 July 2018 (ebook), 30 July 2018 (trade paperback), 15 September 2018 (hardback). Preorder your preferred format at the retailer of your choice