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The Boy with the Porcelain Blade by Den Patrick
  

The Boy with the Porcelain Blade

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The first in a new trilogy in a Medieval Italian inspired kingdom where all is not as it seems. Our hero is an orphan, one of the Orphani, raised and trained by the state with the hope that when they reach their maturity they will join one of the great houses. Each year they are given a test and as Lucien turns 18 he approaches the final and undoubtedly most challenging. If he passes he knows great things await but it isn’t going to be that simple. Told partly in flashbacks to Lucien’s childhood and partly as he tackles his final test this is a well thought out new series with plenty of promise for the future.

If you like Den Patrick you might also like to read books by Stephen Hunt, Sebastian de Castell and Richard Ford.

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The Boy with the Porcelain Blade by Den Patrick

An ornate yet dark fantasy, with echoes of Scott Lynch, Robin Hobb and Jon Courtenay Grimwood. An original and beautifully imagined world, populated by unforgettable characters. A debut novel which garnered rave reviews on publication from fellow authors, bloggers and the likes of SFX magazine. Lucien de Fontein has grown up different. One of the mysterious and misshapen Orfano who appear around the Kingdom of Landfall, he is a talented fighter yet constantly lonely, tormented by his deformity, and well aware that he is a mere pawn in a political game. Ruled by an insane King and the venomous Majordomo, it is a world where corruption and decay are deeply rooted - but to a degree Lucien never dreams possible when he first discovers the plight of the 'insane' women kept in the haunting Sanatoria. Told in a continuous narrative interspersed with flashbacks we see Lucien grow up under the care of his tutors. We watch him forced through rigorous Testings, and fall in love, set against his yearning to discover where he comes from, and how his fate is tied to that of every one of the deformed Orfano in the Kingdom, and of the eerie Sanatoria itself.

Reviews

'The Boy with the Porcelain Blade displays an impressive talent for character and story' We Love This Book

'If you enjoy your buckle being swashed with a healthy side order of conspiratorial plotting this could well be the book for you' The Eloquent Page

'a solid and brilliant book with a unique and engaging voice' Starburst Magazine

'The story is brimming with abductions, assassination attempts and internal politics' Lynns Books

'The Boy with the Porcelain Blade is an intriguing novel that opens like a flower to reveal all to those who choose to read it' Fantasy Book Review

'This is a rollicking tale of feuding families, vendettas, politics, deception and rivalry...The Boy with the Porcelain Blade is a rich and satisfying novel, and a surprisingly assured novel from this relatively new writer' SFF World

'a tale that left me hanging for more' Falcata Times

'Patrick manages to blend two intertwining narratives masterfully' Nerd Like You

'a strong and confident first novel with a great mix of romance, skulduggery, swashbuckling and intrigue' Geek Planet Online

'Den Patrick has offered up a bold an immersive introduction to his Landfall trilogy that deserves to duel its way onto the bookshelves of many readers' Film in Words

About the Author

Den Patrick was born in Dorset in 1975 and shares a birthday with Bram Stoker. He has at various times been a comics editor, burlesque reviewer, bookseller and Games workshop staffer. Anything to avoid getting a real job in fact. He lives and works in London. His first three books for Gollancz, the War Manuals, were released in autumn 2013. He is currently working on The Erebus Sequence, which began with THE BOY WITH THE PORCELAIN BLADE and continued with THE BOY WHO WEPT BLOOD. http://www.denpatrick.com/

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Publication date

8th January 2015

Author

Den Patrick

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Publisher

Gollancz an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Fantasy
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ISBN

9780575134027

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