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City of Lies: A Poison War Novel: 1 Paperback – 3 July 2018

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  • Publisher : Tor Books (3 July 2018)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 560 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0765396890
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0765396891
  • Dimensions : 15.77 x 3.66 x 23.24 cm
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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

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

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

Absolutely loved this; the world building 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 wonderful 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 compelling fantasy whodunit--imagine Agatha Christie channelled through Robin Hobb--and a page-turning coming-of-age tale."--The Guardian

A well-crafted debut with believable political intrigues, solid worldbuilding, and original characters.--Kirkus

This epic fantasy debut weaves political, class, and belief systems into a deftly drawn world.--School Library Journal

Colorful and exciting.--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Sam Hawke considered several careers (including zookeeper) before choosing law, getting a black belt in jujitsu and starting writing. She lives with her husband and children in Australia. City of Lies was her first novel.

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