Tuesday 2 July 2019

Priest of Lies by Peter McLean

'Tomas's power grows, the nobility better watch their backs, in this dark and gritty epic fantasy series.

People are weak, and the poorer and more oppressed they are, the weaker they become--until they can't take it anymore. And when they rise up...may the gods help their oppressors.

When Tomas Piety returned from the war, he just wanted to rebuild his empire of crime with his gang of Pious Men. But his past as a spy for the Queen's Men drew him back in and brought him more power than he ever imagined.

Now, with half of his city in ashes and the Queen's Men at his back, the webs of political intrigue stretch out from the capital to pull Tomas in. Dannsburg is calling.

In Dannsburg the nobility fight with words, not blades, but the results are every bit as bloody. In this pit of beasts, Tomas must decide once and for all whether he is truly the people's champion...or just a priest of lies.'

This sequel to Priest of Bones starts well...

'Five hundred corpses.

That had been my wedding gift from Ailsa and the Queen's Men. From this woman I called my wife...'

and to be fair it just gets better from there. Tomas Piety and his Pious Men are a motley bunch and, as you would expect, are soon knee deep in intrigue.

What I really enjoyed about this book, and the series as a whole is that this is very much The Godfather set in a fantasy world. Piety is very much The Don Corleoni of Ellinsburg (small side point: Ellinsburg feels a lot like Edinburgh) and although he and his gang come across as villains at times it's easy to see that they do what they do for the right reasons. I've seen it said elsewhere that this is Peaky Blinders with swords and I couldn't put it better myself. Invest in this series of you haven't already, you won't be sorry

Thanks to Jo Fletcher Books and Netgalley for providing copy of this book and please have a look at the other blogger reviews on this Bookblast (below)

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