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‘Outstanding’ Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Warfare, myth and magic collide in Legacy of Steel, the spectacular sequel to Matthew Ward’s acclaimed fantasy debut, Legacy of Ash.

A year has passed since an unlikely alliance saved the Tressian Republic from fire and darkness – at great cost. Thousands perished, and Viktor Akadra – the Republic’s champion – has disappeared.

While the ruling council struggles to mend old wounds, other factions sense opportunity. The insidious Parliament of Crows schemes in the shadows, while to the east the Hadari Emperor gathers his armies. As turmoil spreads across the Republic, its ripples are felt in the realms of the divine.

War is coming . . . and this time the gods themselves will take sides.

Praise for the series:

‘A hugely entertaining debut’ John Gwynne

Epic fantasy as it should be; big, bold and very addictive’ Starburst

‘Incredible action scenes’ Fantasy Hive

‘Magnificent and epic’ Grimdark Magazine


A hugely entertaining debut
John Gwynne
Packed with big battles, shadowy intrigue and a large cast of characters, Legacy of Ash is an absorbing debut
James Islington
An incredibly impressive piece of fantasy fiction
The Fantasy Inn
[An] excellent debut
Weekend Sport
This is the first epic fantasy book I've enjoying getting immersed in for ages . . . a great romp in a brilliantly realised setting . . . I have lost sleep, forgotten food and made this the thing I pick up every moment I can get
A perfect blend of Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire and Bernard Cornwell's The Last Kingdom
FanFi Addict
Absolutely incredible action scenes . . . so freaking epic
Fantasy Hive
Epic fantasy as it should be; big, bold and very addictive
Outstanding . . . A ripping yarn
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The battles are bigger, the characters more epic, the stakes higher, and the payoff phenomenal . . . Brilliant
Grimdark Magazine