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We Are the Dead (#1 Last War Trilogy)

Mike Shackle

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Gollancz
10 March 2020
War & combat fiction; Fantasy; Epic Fantasy; Magic; Questing & Adventure
Series: The Last War
The first book in The Last War series: a debut epic fantasy full of crunching revolutionary action, twisted magic, and hard choices in dark times.

The war is over. The enemy won.

Jia's people learned the hard way that there are no second chances. The Egril, their ancient enemy, struck with magic so devastating that Jia's armies were wiped out. Now terror reigns in the streets, and friend turns on friend just to live another day.

Somehow Tinnstra - a deserter, a failure, nothing but a coward - survived. She wants no more than to hide from the chaos.

But dragged into a desperate plot to retake Jia, surrounded by people willing to do anything to win the fight, this time Tinnstra will need to do more than hide.

If Jia is to get a second chance after all, this time she will need to be a hero.

With all the grit of Joe Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence and Ed McDonald, this is fantasy with the sharpest of edges.

* * * * * * * * * * 'The next Game of Thrones' Glen Cook, author of The Black Company 'Tarantino crossed with David Gemmell' Peter McLean, author of Priest of Bones 'A powerful debut' Gavin Smith, author of The Bastard Legion
By:   Mike Shackle
Imprint:   Gollancz
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 42mm
Weight:   360g
ISBN:   9781473225220
ISBN 10:   1473225221
Series:   The Last War
Pages:   496
Publication Date:   10 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Originally from London, Mike Shackle has called Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, New York and Dubai his home over the years before settling down with his family in Vancouver. In that time, he's sold washing machines, cooked for royalty, designed a few logos, and made a lot of ads. Ideally, he's happiest day dreaming over a cup of tea.

Reviews for We Are the Dead (#1 Last War Trilogy)

We Are the Dead is a fantasy novel that is able to blend the modern trends of dark fantasy with the magical styles of the past--SF Book We Are the Dead is a staggering, marvellous and gripping fantasy debut--Grimdark Magazine Like Tarantino crossed with David Gemmell . . . Absolutely splendid. Shackle has come up with something really special here, and I enjoyed it enormously--Peter McClean We Are The Dead is a book about finding sparks of hope amongst the ashes. It's about fighting back from oppression, surviving, and carrying on. There are no good deeds done here, no heroic chivalry, but there are people with reasons--Fantasy Hive An adventure that's rich in darkness and bloodshed.--SFX MAGAZINE Hooked from page one, We Are the Dead rattles along with the pace of a runaway bullet train. Original, engaging, flawed but very-human characters draw us into a world rent by war, a world of brutal occupation, tarnished honour and devastating magics. This is a powerful debut and Shackle is an author to watch--Gavin Smith, author of The Bastard Legion Likely the next Game of Thrones, and the best book I've read in several years. Erikson, Martin and Rothfuss are going to have to shove over and make room at the bar. A gem. Not one likeable character in the swamp but I still became totally emotionally engaged. I can't think how to tone down my enthusiasm--Glen Cook A masterpiece of a story about hope, resistance and fellowship--The Book Bag


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