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Gollancz Fantasy HB / ETPB July £12.99 / £13.99 384pp 978 1 473 22201 4 / 978 1 473 22202 1 eBook: £6.99 / 978 1 473 22204 5 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 409 1 7258 1 / 10 hrs

Blackwing is a gritty epic fantasy for fans of Mark Lawrence, Scott Lynch and Daniel Polansky.

ED MCDONALD Blackwing you think you know Misery? you’ve not seen anything yet . . .

The republic faces annihilation, despite the vigilance of Galharrow’s Blackwings. When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message, Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must investigate a long dead sorcerer’s legacy. But there is a conspiracy within the citadel: traitors, flesh-eaters and the ghosts of the wastelands seek to destroy them. But if they cannot solve the ancient wizard’s paradox the Deep Kings will walk the earth again, and all will be lost.

When Galharrow investigates a frontier fortress, he discovers complacency bordering on treason: then the walls are stormed, and the Engine fails to launch. Galharrow only escapes because of the preternatural magical power of the noblewoman he was supposed to be protecting. Together, they race to the capital to unmask the traitors and restore the republic’s defences. Far across the Misery a vast army is on the move, as the Empire prepares to call the republic’s bluff.

Ed McDonald has spent many years dancing between different professions, cities and countries. He currently lives with his wife in London where he works as a university lecturer. When he’s not grading essays or wrangling with misbehaving plot lines he can usually be found fencing with longswords, rapiers and pollaxes.

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Gollancz Science Fiction & Fantasy • July 2017