Guns of the Dawn

Adrian Tchaikovsky

2016 Nominee

British Fantasy Awards Best Fantasy Novel

07 July 2022
9781529091458
672 pages

Synopsis

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

‘One of the best books I've ever read’ – Peter Newman, author of The Vagrant


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.

‘An engrossing story, beautifully told’ – SFX

‘Moving, gripping and wonderfully paced’ – The Bookbag

I loved it. One of the best books I've ever read. Imagine Sharpe with a female lead and warlocks – need I say more?
I loved that book so much I read it in two sittings (and it's not short!). It has elements of Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe novels, mixed with Jane Austenesque characters, against the backdrop of war, with a side order of fireball-wielding sorcerers. The lead character is simply wonderful
Tchaikovsky weaves together a story that keeps you hooked with breathless battle scenes, well-drawn characters and an uneasy feeling in your gut that while Marshwic and her red-coated comrades are winning battles they’re slowly losing the war . . . An engrossing story, beautifully told

Related articles