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PUBLICATION DATE: April 4, 2023
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A Woman of the Sword
By (author) Anna Smith Spark
A Woman of the Sword is an epic fantasy seen through the eyes of an ordinary woman. Lidae is a daughter, a wife, a mother – and a great warrior born to fight. Her sword is hungry for killing, her right hand is red with blood.
War is very much a woman’s business. But war is not kind to women. And war is not kind to mothers and their sons.
Reviews of A Woman of the Sword
"No other writer manages to combine such raw and visceral storytelling with so exquisite a style. A fierce and compelling story of love, life and loss." Adrian Tchaikovsky – Clark Award Winner for Children of Time
"A Woman of the Sword is brilliant grimdark fantasy. It hurts to read at times, is unputdownable at others, and I feel different people at different stages of their lives are going to take away different things. This is Anna Smith Spark at her heart-wrenching, mythic-feeling, storytelling best, and completely unmissable for anybody who enjoyed her Empires of Dust Trilogy." Adrian Collins – Editor in Chief Grimdark Magazine
"Epic fantasy from the victims' viewpoint, as seen by someone used to being a victor. Uncompromising and unputdownable – prepare to be challenged." Juliet McKenna
"Warrior and mother, fierce and flawed – Lidae's story portrays motherhood as you've never seen it before." Charlotte Bond – Breaking the Glass Slipper
Anna Smith Spark
Anna Smith Spark is the author of the critically acclaimed, Gemmell and British Fantasy Awards shortlisted Empires of Dust grimdark epic fantasy series (HarperVoyager) The Court of Broken Knives, The Tower of Living and Dying and The House of Sacrifice, as well as short stories set in and around the series’ world. Her books have been described as ‘a masterwork’ by Nightmarish Conjurings, ‘an experience like no other series in fantasy’ by Grimdark Magazine, ‘literary Game of Thrones’ by the Sunday Times, and ‘howls like early Moorcock, converses like the best of Le Guin’ by the Daily Mail.