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The King-Killing Queen - by Shawn Speakman (Hardcover)

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Highlights

  • In this first book of a new trilogy author Anna Smith Spark calls "a dark love letter to high fantasy," a woman discovers her unknown past carries with it a terrible future.
  • About the Author: Donato Giancola teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
  • 288 Pages
  • Fiction + Literature Genres, Fantasy

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Book Synopsis



In this first book of a new trilogy author Anna Smith Spark calls "a dark love letter to high fantasy," a woman discovers her unknown past carries with it a terrible future.

When Alafair Goode lay wounded during his quest to destroy Mordreadth the Great Darkness, a witch magicked and saved the future High King's life to fulfill his destiny. Thereafter, all born to his line also cannot die, to be only undone by natural death.

Decades later, Sylvie Raventress is the devoted apprentice to the Master Historian stepbrother of the High King. It is a life of scholarly pursuit and privilege where one day she will take her instructor's place and write her own histories. But beside Alafair's deathbed, Sylvie and his scions learn a surprising truth--she is no orphan but is his named heir. Worse, when he dies, the witch's curse is no more, leaving all of them suddenly mortal and vulnerable.

With her siblings loathing Sylvie's selection and vying for her throne, she must rely on a Fae guide, a disgraced former First Knight, and a cantankerous light-weaver to restore the fracturing kingdom and become High Queen. And yet the thing none of them know is destiny has its own part to play too.

For the witch saved Alafair Goode for her own reasons...

Set 400 years before the events of The Dark Thorn, The King-Killing Queen is a perfect place for new and established Speakman readers.



Review Quotes




"A realm caught in deadly change, a queen fighting for the right to rule―edge-of-your-seat storytelling!" ― Tamora Pierce

"Settling into the pages of The King-Killing Queen feels like a fantasy lover's homecoming!" ― Jacqueline Carey

"The story moves swiftly and strongly with a heroine who does not flinch and a plot that doesn't let up." ― Robin Hobb

"A fine addition to the Speakman trove of good fantasy. Readers will rejoice." ― Terry Brooks

"A deliciously wry and dark love letter to high fantasy." ― Anna Smith Spark

"The King-Killing Queen is a breathless thrill ride helmed by an unrelenting heroine... classic high fantasy at its best." ― Wesley Chu




About the Author



Donato Giancola teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York
City. His work has graced over 200 science fiction and fantasy novel
covers, can be seen on over 100 Magic: The Gathering cards in 12
languages worldwide, and earned a long list of honors, including three
Artist Hugo Awards, and six silver and two gold medals from the annual
Spectrum: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art. He was the Artist
Guest of Honor at GenCon 50 in 2017, and was named Best Cover Artist by
Asimov's Science Fiction in 2017.
Dimensions (Overall): 9.13 Inches (H) x 6.06 Inches (W) x 1.26 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.45 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 288
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Grim Oak Press
Theme: Epic
Format: Hardcover
Author: Shawn Speakman
Language: English
Street Date: November 14, 2023
TCIN: 88373237
UPC: 9781956000351
Item Number (DPCI): 247-39-7817
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 1.26 inches length x 6.06 inches width x 9.13 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1.45 pounds
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