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Gollancz Fantasy HB April £20.00 / £14.99 608pp 978 1 473 21844 2 / 978 1 473 21485 9 eBook: £10.99 / 978 1 473 21487 3 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 409 16363 3 / 15 hrs

A fast-moving coming-of-age trilogy featuring a strong cast of diverse characters, brilliant set-pieces and a strong character- and plot-driven story.

Gollancz Science Fiction & Fantasy • April 2018

CHRIS WOODING The Ember Blade a land under occupation. a legendary sword. a young man’s journey to find his destiny.

Aren has lived by the rules all his life. He’s never questioned it; that’s just the way things are. But then his father is executed for treason, and he and his best friend Cade are thrown into a prison mine, doomed to work until they drop.

But what lies beyond the prison walls is more terrifying still. Rescued by a man who hates him yet is oath-bound to protect him, pursued by inhuman forces, Aren slowly accepts that everything he knew about his world was a lie. The rules are not there to protect his people, but to enslave them. Revolution is brewing, and Aren is being drawn into it, whether he likes it or not.

The key to the revolution is the Ember Blade. The sword of kings. Only with the Ember Blade can their people be inspired to rise up, but it’s locked in an impenetrable vault in the most heavily guarded fortress in the land.

All they have to do is steal it . . .

Chris Wooding is a full time, award-winning novelist, a YA novelist, and a professional script writer for film and TV. He has penned the Braided Path trilogy, a standalone novel (The Fade) and the Tales of the Ketty Jay series for Gollancz, all of which were critical and commercial successes.

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