Following on from Bella's reveal of the magnificent cover for The Emperor's Blades, we've decided this grim weather necessitates a bit of generosity. And so, to that end, we're offering YOU a chance to get your hands on an exclusive proof copy of the book FOUR MONTHS before it's published. Just read on . . .

The circle is closing. The stakes are high.
And old truths will live again. 

The Emperor has been murdered, leaving the Annurian Empire in turmoil. Now his progeny must bury their grief and prepare to unmask a conspiracy. His son Valyn, training for the empire’s deadliest fighting force, hears the news an ocean away. He expected a challenge, but after several ‘accidents’ and a dying soldier’s warning, he realizes his life is also in danger. Yet before Valyn can take action, he must survive the mercenaries’ brutal final initiation.

Meanwhile, the Emperor’s daughter, Minister Adare, hunts her father’s murderer in the capital itself. Court politics can be fatal, but she needs justice. And Kaden, heir to the empire, studies in a remote monastery. Here, the Blank God’s disciples teach their harsh ways – which Kaden must master to unlock their ancient powers. When an imperial delegation arrives, he’s learnt enough to perceive evil intent. But will this keep him alive, as long-hidden powers make their move?

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‘A vividly imagined story of conspiracy and empire’ 
Col Buchanan

‘Machiavellian politics on multiple levels, an intriguing world of magic, and three protagonists whose personal journeys will keep the reader impatiently waiting for the next book!’ 
Richard A. Knaak 

‘A complex and fast-moving fantasy set in a world where treachery and intrigue are everywhere, accomplished through ferocious brutality, subtle intrigues, and everything in between’ 
L. E. Modesitt Jr. 

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We have THREE copies of the proof to giveaway. To be in with a chance, just tell us in the comments below: Who's your favourite classic fantasy character and why do you love them so?

Best three answers win a copy of the proof! Good luck!