Seven Blades in Black

Seven Blades in Black

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"Sal, a once talented mage, thrives in a wasteland scarred by generations of magical warfare. Here, caught between two powerful empires, is where rogue magicians go to disappear, disgraced soldiers go to make their fortunes, fanatic machinists impose their perverted order, and zealous witch hunters cleanse the impure wherever they can find them. But Sal was betrayed by those she trusted most and is now in captivity, stripped of her magic and awaiting her execution on order of the Emperor himself. All she has left is her vengeance, her will and her weapons" --
Publisher: New York, NY :, Orbit,, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780316363433
Branch Call Number: FIC SYKE
Characteristics: 692 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: 7 blades in black


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LPL_LeahN Sep 14, 2019

Sal the Cacophony has a score to settle and she's not taking any prisoners. Her mission across the Scar hunting mages who did her some wrong is full of action, and she herself is a puzzle to be solved, one of the most complex characters I've read in some time, and supported by a cast of equally fascinating friends, enemies, and the mysterious sentient weapon she carries.

I can't say enough about this book, I'm afraid. The pace is swift, the voice is full of wit, the familiar fantasy elements are expertly churned into something original. This is the first work of Sam Sykes I have read, but now I am compelled to read them all, and I will be anxiously awaiting the second book in the Grave of Empires series.

IndyPL_ToddG Jul 22, 2019

Oh, so very very good.


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IndyPL_ToddG Jul 22, 2019

"Among humans, none have power like mages. And among mages, none have will like Sal the Cacophony. Once revered, now vagrant, she walks a wasteland scarred by generations of magical warfare.
The Scar, a land torn between powerful empires, is where rogue mages go to disappear, disgraced soldiers go to die and Sal went with a blade, a gun and a list of names she intended to use both on.
All she has left is her name, her story and the weapon she used to carve both.
Vengeance is its own reward." -


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