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Summary

No man is above the law.

The Empire of the Wolf simmers with unrest. Rebels, heretics and powerful patricians all challenge the power of the imperial throne. 

Only the Order of Justices stands in the way of chaos. Sir Konrad Vonvalt is the most feared justice of all, upholding the law by way of his sharp mind, arcane powers and skill as a swordsman. In this he is aided by Helena Sedanka, his clerk and protégé, orphaned by the wars that forged the empire. 

When the pair investigate the murder of a provincial aristocrat, they unearth a conspiracy that stretches to the very top of imperial society. As the stakes rise and become ever more personal, Vonvalt must make a choice: will he abandon the laws he's sworn to uphold in order to protect the empire?

Introducing an unforgettable protagonist destined to become a fantasy icon, The Justice of Kings is an unmissable debut where action, intrigue and magic collide.

©2022 Richard Swan (P)2022 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"A stunning piece of modern fantasy writing." (RJ Barker)

"A fantastic debut." (Peter McLean)

"Totally addictive. A truly riveting tale about law, war, morality and justice." (Novel Notions)

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Very impressive debut novel.

This is a modern take on fantasy, were a murder investigation works as a kind of backdrop for political machinations in a low fantasy, low magic world. Not gory or grimdark, but definitely not YA either. I specially liked the atmosphere through the whole book. Can't wait for the follow-up

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Amazing performance

Loved it! The book was really good but it was made great by Lucy Paterson's incredible performance!

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Disappointing

Expected so much more from this novel, a slow and ponderous debut. Can't believe the brilliant reviews.