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Priest of Bones

War for the Rose Throne, Book 1
Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The war is over, and army priest Tomas Piety heads home with Sergeant Bloody Anne at his side. But things have changed while he was away: His crime empire has been stolen, and the people of Ellinburg - his people - have run out of food, hope, and places to hide. Tomas sets out to reclaim what was his with help from Anne, his brother, Jochan, and his new gang: the Pious Men. But when he finds himself dragged into a web of political intrigue once again, everything gets more complicated.

As the Pious Men fight shadowy foreign infiltrators in the back-street taverns, brothels, and gambling dens of Tomas' old life, it becomes clear: The war is only just beginning.

©2018 Peter McLean (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"The first in an unmissable series, Priest of Bones is a fresh and compelling take on grimdark fantasy. Mashing together soldiers, gangsters, magic and war into a heady mix that is a hulking big brother to The Lies of Locke Lamora." (Anna Stephens, author of Godblind)

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Fantasy version of Peaky Blinders

If you took the script for Peaky Blinders and rewrote a fantasy version you would get War for the Rose Throne.
And this is not a bad thing. Peter McLean writes in all the grit and attitude of Peaky Blinders with several familiar plot lines. Small family crime business. Brothers back from the war. Ambitious brother wanting to make it bigger. Reckless drunk brother. Female secret agent behind the bar. Gang wars, opium, corrupt men at arms, secret government intrigue. Its all here. Well written with flawed believable characters.

John Lee delivers per his usual excellence. He is without a doubt one of the top 3 narrators of fantasy in the business.

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Unexpected and original

The world felt real to me and lived in
And the characters Relatable and endearing

This book was the love child between Godfather and Robin Hood and a touch of blackmail

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Finally, a well constructed fantasy novel

It seems like I've been through tomes of fantasy doggerel recently, passing itself off as readable fiction. So it was with pleasant surprise that I came across Priest. It very much reminders me of Terry Mancour's Spellmonger novels- well constructed plot, believable characters and free from unnecessary contrivances. This was a very good read. Drop the credit. You won't be disappointed!

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A Sly And Engrossing Novel

A fantastic performance for a captivating novel. A must have for the genre. No reader will be disappointed. On par with The First Law series.

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Broken People

Thomas Piety returns from one war to fight another. The characters are not compelling or original, but the author uses the archetypes to their fullest.

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