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Publisher Description

Gods meddle in the fates of men, men play with the fates of gods, and a pretender must be cast down from the throne in this masterful first fantasy novel from Ann Leckie, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards.
For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven. He watches over his territory from atop a tower in the powerful port of Vastai. His will is enacted through the Raven's Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself. His magic is sustained via the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer. And under the Raven's watch, the city flourishes.
But the power of the Raven is weakening. A usurper has claimed the throne. The kingdom's borders are tested by invaders who long for the prosperity that Vastai boasts. And they have made their own alliances with other gods.
It is into this unrest that the warrior Eolo--aide to Mawat, the true Lease--arrives. And in seeking to help Mawat reclaim his city, Eolo discovers that the Raven's Tower holds a secret. Its foundations conceal a dark history that has been waiting to reveal itself...and to set in motion a chain of events that could destroy Iraden forever.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
February 26
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

VitoPayano ,


I am really hoping that sequel for this innovative, unique, and stunning story comes out soon! There are so many questions that still need to be answered.

Lily Ballard ,

Fantastic book

I absolutely loved this book and could not put it down. With the unique blend of first-person and second-person (!) narrative, the excellent characterization, the story itself, and the narrative structure that alternated between past and present, this book was a joy to read.

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