'The Emperor's Knife is a well-crafted narrative … The story flows well and the writing strikes a great balance between description and action' British Fantasy Journal.
'The Emperor's Knife is a tale of fear and fluidity, of evolution and ego, and is one that is dictated in a style so visual and penetrating that it will have the Pattern invading your dreams long after the final pages have turned' Fantasy Book Review.
'A riveting and intense debut ... compelling characterizations will keep fans of grim fantasy entirely enthralled' Publisher's Weekly.
'sophisticated and thoughtful' SF signal.
'It makes for a rich and entertaining storytelling environment, and Williams creates a twisty and enjoyable tale ... this is strongly recommended' SFX.
A must read - it's fresh, it's exciting and [...] looks set to get even better!' Fantasy Faction.
'This amazing tale of magic and political scheming is a work of high fantasy in every way ... A grown-up and utterly brilliantly well-wrought epic fantasy' Ranting Dragon.
'A fascinating, original and enthralling début that will leave the reader eagerly awaiting the next instalment' The Founding Fields.
''This novel puts great writing to the service of vivid characters, a compelling plot and a wholly convincing fantasy world' Ben Aaronovitch.
A debut with great potential' Stefan Fergus, Civilian Reader.
'An ambitious debut novel ... demonstrates great deal of promise in its author' Justin Landon, Staffer's Musings.
'A strong fantasy novel with a fresh setting, rich characters and an enjoyable storyline' Adam Whitehead, The Wertzone.
''Fans of fantasy intrigue will want to try this new author' Library Journal.
'Replete with political intrigue and mystery, The Emperor's Knife is a story I will remember' Tim's Book Reviews.
An ambitious, sophisticated and thoughtful debut novel' SF Signal.
'It's a highly complex novel, filled with devious sub-plots, and enough twists to satisfy even the most demanding reader' Popcorn Reads.
'Some wonderfully imaginative ideas that will [...] keep you reading' Book Monkey.
''Mazarkis Williams ... immediately ranks among the year's most exciting new fantasy authors' Fantasy Book Critic.