The Court of Broken Knives

  • by Anna Smith Spark
  • Narrated by Colin Mace, Meriel Rosenkranz
  • 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this dark and gripping debut fantasy that Miles Cameron called "gritty and glorious!" the exiled son of the king must fight to reclaim his throne no matter the cost.
It is the richest empire the world has ever known, and it is also doomed. Governed by an imposturous emperor, decadence has blinded its inhabitants to their vulnerability. The Yellow Empire is on the verge of invasion - and only one man can see it.
Haunted by prophetic dreams, Orhan has hired a company of soldiers to cross the desert to reach the capital city. Once they enter the palace, they have one mission: kill the emperor, then all those who remain. Only from the ashes can a new empire be built.
The company is a group of good, ordinary soldiers for whom this is a mission like any other. But the strange boy Marith who walks among them is no ordinary soldier. Young, ambitious, and impossibly charming, something dark hides in Marith's past - and in his blood.
Dark and brilliant, dive into this new fantasy series for listeners looking for epic battle scenes, gritty heroes, and blood-soaked revenge.

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Sword and Sorcery at Its Best

Sword and sorcery, demons, dragons, assassins, blood sacrifice, all the usual trappings, but told in a realistic, natural way that makes it all seem normal. I fell into the story quickly, easily, able to suspend disbelief.

Unusually, the male narrator does a good job with women's voices, not making them simpering or nasally, just softer, not easy with his natural bass baritone. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because when he was not voicing a character, he tended to talk low, and I had to adjust the volume.

There are short flashbacks, brief retellings of legends, the main narration in third person, and short first person parts from a separate character by a different narrator, all woven together into a beautiful brocade of a tale.
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- GPChlorine

Unredeemingly dark.

Unexplained and unrealistic pychopathology of the murderous protagonist makes it impossible to recommnd this skillfully written bloodbath of a novel. No arc of character development is apparent, and I see no reason to wait for a follow-up volume in hopes of encountering such. The author is talented, however.
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- davidwat

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-15-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio