From the daring and critically acclaimed master of historical fiction Conn Iggulden, "Darien" is the first book in the Empire of Salt, an epic new fantasy series of spellbinding imagination . . . Twelve families. One throne. The city of Darien stands at the weary end of a golden age. Twelve … LES MER families keep order with soldiers and artefacts, spies and memories, clinging to a peace that shifts and crumbles. The people of the city endure what they cannot change. Here, amongst old feuds, a plot is hatched to kill a king. It will summon strangers to the city - Elias Post, a hunter, Tellius, an old swordsman banished from his home, Arthur, a boy who cannot speak, Daw Threefold, a chancer and gambler, Vic Deeds, who feels no guilt - and Nancy, a girl whose talent might be the undoing of them all. As the sun sets, their arrival inside the walls will spark a series of explosive events. Before the sun returns, six destinies will have been made - and lost - in Darien.Welcome to the Empire of Salt, where sword and sorcery is at its finest . . . 'A master storyteller' Sunday Express 'Iggulden is in a class of his own' Daily Mirror 'One of our finest historical novelists' Daily Express LES MINDRE
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