Guns of the Dawn

4.18 based on 353 ratings & 61 reviews on Goodreads.com
Tor

Publication date: 12.02.2015
ISBN: 9780230770058
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

Shortlisted for the 2016 British Fantasy Society Award for Best Novel

Guns of the Dawn is a pacey, gripping fantasy of war and magic, from Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author, Adrian Tchaikovsky.

The first casualty of war is truth . . .

First, Denland's revolutionaries assassinated their king, launching a wave of bloodshed
after generations of peace. Next they clashed with Lascanne, their royalist neighbour,
pitching war-machines against warlocks in a fiercely fought conflict.

Genteel Emily Marshwic watched as the hostilities stole her family's young men. But
then came the call for yet more Lascanne soldiers in a ravaged kingdom with none
left to give. Emily must join the ranks of conscripted women and march toward the front lines.

With barely enough training to hold a musket, Emily braves the savage reality of warfare.
But she begins to doubt her country's cause, and those doubts become critical. For her
choices will determine her own future and that of two nations locked in battle.

In the media

World building is steady and relentless; this is a fantasy novel with muskets, magic, war machines and social hierarchies. The reader is never overwhelmed with exposition, but it is a dense world and it's a credit to the skill of the author that both the world and the characters contain plenty of surprises
Starburst Magazine
This is a pacey, relentless . . . tightly written and plotted, with exquisite attention to every bloody detail . . . Moving, gripping and wonderfully paced, Tchaikovsky has produced a strong stand alone book about a remarkable heroine
Thebookbag.co.uk
Guns of the Dawn has a lot to say about the nature of war and the real reasons as to why such conflicts happen. At the same time, it is also an involving, entertaining read that flows very fluidly and keeps the reader turning the pages well into the night
Gingernutsofhorror.com