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Publisher's Summary

General Ji-Hyeon has vanished into the legendary First Dark, leaving her lover Sullen alone to carry out the grim commands of a dead goddess. The barbarian Maroto is held captive by a demonic army hell-bent on the extermination of the Crimson Empire, and only his protégé Purna believes he can be saved.

Zosia must rally her comrades and old enemies one last time for what will prove the greatest battle of her many legends...if anyone lives to tell it.

Five heroes. No hope. A war against devils.

The Crimson Empire Trilogy:

A Crown for Cold Silver
A Blade of Black Steel
A War in Crimson Embers

By the same author, writing as Jesse Bullington:

The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart
The Enterprise of Death
The Folly of the World

©2017 Alex Marshall (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A rollicking, obscene, subversive, and zany epic fantasy ride." (B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog)

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A great ending to a richy dark but fun series!

Wonderfully narrated with plenty of larger than life.characters! Very fun banter and full of witty lines!

The unique setting of a demon encroached world, where the populace drown their sorrow by ingesting narcotics bugs was a hoot to be in too.

And although over for now, I do hope for more...

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Dark, compelling yet hilarious

I truly love this series. I think the irreverent humour is absolutely fantastic and the grim storyline is very well done. I hope he write more in this world.

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  • CeNedra Red
  • 12-27-17

Promise Unfulfilled

Books one and two in this series were laugh out loud fun to listen to. I had to rewind several times just to hear parts I missed, as I was laughing so much at the antics of some of the wonderful characters. Unfortunately in the third book, things went from bad to stupid. Angele Masters did a brilliant job of narrating this series, and in the first two books it was her delivery that made it such a joy to listen. But even the best narrator can't do much with poor material. A very disappointing end to what had promised to be a fantastic series