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The Heart of Stone
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“Echoes of Brandon Sanderson and Scott Lynch.” – SFF World

“Grimdark with heart and soul.” – Anna Smith Spark

“A very, very good read.” – Fantasy Faction

“A brutal delight with thrilling action and heart, rowdy and wise, bloody and tender at the same time.” – Dyrk Ashton

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Golems are built for war and little else. In centuries past, they were a terrifying staple of the battlefield. Empires were conquered on the backs of golems. Now, time and fear have whittled their kind down to a precious few, kept only by kings and warlords.

Task of Wind-Cut is one such machine of war.

Task was built to kill. Built to win. Thousands have died at his stone hands. He cared once, but far too many years have passed and too much blood has been spilled. Task has become numb to the chaos he wreaks for his masters. A slave to the spells that bind him.

Now, Task has a new master to serve and a new war to endure. In the far reaches of the Realm, Hartlund is in the grip of civil war, tearing itself in two over coin and crown. This time, Task will fight for a boy-king and a cruel general bent on victory.

Beneath his formidable stone, Task longs for change. For an end to this cycle of warfare. For proof of light and good amongst the foul darkness of humanity and war. It will take the mind of an unusual stable-girl to change his.

The Written (Emaneska Series Book 1)

The Written
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His name is Farden. They whisper that he's dangerous. Dangerous is only the half of it. Something has gone missing from the libraries of Arfell. Something very old, and something very powerful. Five scholars are now dead, a country is once again on the brink of war, and the magick council is running out of time and options. Entangled in a web of lies and politics and dragged halfway across icy Emaneska and back, Farden…

Bloodrush: A Weird West Adventure (The Scarlet Star Trilogy Book 1)

Bloodrush
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“Magick ain’t pretty, it ain’t stars and sparkles. Magick is dirty. It’s rough. Raw. It’s blood and guts and vomit. You hear me?” When Prime Lord Hark is found in a pool of his own blood on the steps of his halls, Tonmerion Hark finds his world not only turned upside down, but inside out.

His father’s last will and testament forces him west across the Iron Ocean, to the very brink of the Endless Land and all civilisation. They call it Wyoming. This is a story of murder and family. In the dusty frontier town of Fell Falls, there is no silverware, no servants, no plush velvet nor towering spires.

Only dust, danger, and the railway. Tonmerion has only one friend to help him escape the torturous heat and unravel his father’s murder. A faerie named Rhin. A twelve-inch tall outcast of his own kind. This is a story of blood and magick. But there are darker things at work in Fell Falls, and not just the railwraiths or the savages.

Secrets lurk in Tonmerion’s bloodline. Secrets that will redefine this young Hark. This is a story of the edge of the world.

Chasing Graves (The Chasing Graves Trilogy)

Chasing Graves
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Meet Caltro Basalt. He’s a master thief, a selfish bastard, and as of his first night in Araxes, stone cold dead.

They call it the City of Countless Souls, the colossal jewel of the Arctian Empire, and all it takes to be its ruler is to own more ghosts than any other. For in Araxes, the dead do not rest in peace in the afterlife, but live on as slaves for the rich.

While Caltro struggles to survive and tries to reclaim his freedom, those around him strive for the emperor’s throne in Araxes’ cutthroat game of power. The dead gods whisper from corpses. A soulstealer seeks to make a name for himself with the help of an ancient cult. A princess plots to purge the emperor from his armoured Sanctuary. And a resolute murderer drags a body across the desert, intent on reaching Araxes no matter the cost.

Only one thing is certain in Araxes: death is just the beginning.

From award-winning author Ben Galley comes Chasing Graves, a dark, epic fantasy trilogy inspired by Egyptian mythology and set in a vast city world. Packed with twists, dark humour and death magic, Chasing Graves is perfect if you like Mark Lawrence, R.F. Kuang, or David Estes.

“★★★★★ An excellent first book in a series that I will absolutely keep on reading. Exceptional writing, great characters.”  Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld

“★★★★★ Chasing Graves by Ben Galley is brilliant, my favorite read of the year by a wide margin.” – David Estes, author of The Fatemarked Epic

“★★★★★ A unique and haunting twist on the afterlife. Absolutely brilliant!” – Michael R. Fletcher, author of Manifest Delusions & Obsidian Path Series

“★★★★★ The quintessential grimdark fantasy… The world building is fantastic and reminiscent of Michael Moorcock’s Elric series.” – Grimdark Magazine