An ornate yet dark fantasy, with echoes of Mervyn Peake, Robin Hobb and Jon Courtenay Grimwood. An original and beautifully imagined world, populated by unforgettable characters.
Lucien de Fontein has grown up different. One of the mysterious and misshapen Orfano who appear around the Kingdom of Landfall, he is a talented fighter yet constantly lonely, tormented by his deformity, and well aware that he is a mere pawn in a political game. Ruled by an insane King and the venomous Majordomo, it is a world where corruption and decay are deeply rooted - but to a degree Lucien never dreams possible when he first discovers the plight of the 'insane' women kept in the haunting Sanatoria.
Told in a continuous narrative interspersed with flashbacks we see Lucien grow up under the care of his tutors. We watch him forced through rigorous Testings, and fall in love, set against his yearning to discover where he comes from, and how his fate is tied to that of every one of the deformed Orfano in the Kingdom, and of the eerie Sanatoria itself.
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Den Patrick was born in Dorset in 1975 and shares a birthday with Bram Stoker. He has at various times been a comics editor, burlesque reviewer, bookseller and games workshop staffer. Anything to avoid getting a real job in fact.
He lives and works in London. His first three books for Gollancz, the War Manuals, are released in autumn 2013. Three novels, The Erebus Sequence, are in the works.
Amongst many of the existing fantasy books currently published Den Patrick makes an original and exciting entrance... I am definitely in for more stories set in this intriguing world. Den Patrick is off to a good start, a true gem in the making! * The Book Plank * A singular and brilliant fantasy debut * My God It's Raining * The Boy with the Porcelain Blade packs a lot of punch and is extremely well written in an excellent literary style which is sadly often absent in modern fantasy...The Boy with the Porcelain Blade is a rich, literary fantasy which bodes will for the rest of the series * UPCOMING 4 ME * Den Patrick is an extremely talented author, creating a detailed and complex world that is effortless to read. -- Ed Fortune * Starburst Magazine * The characters are fantastically created here. They feel complete and have multiple layers. I also liked the fact that they're not perfect -- Pat Scattergood * Curiosity of a Social Misfit * It is a fast paced novel, economically layered but deceptively detailed. I found the character descriptions and locations exceptionally realised as I flew through the story in what felt like shared real time -- Joe Gordon * FORBIDDEN PLANET INTERNATIONAL * featuring swordfights, violence and full-tilt action...familiar intrigues with a darker more gothic touch -- Saxon Bollock * SFX * a finely-crafted thriller...that will appeal to fans of Robin Hobb, Scott Lynch and Jon Courtenay Grimwood -- Jack Parsons * SciFiNow * Den Patrick has offered up a bold an immersive introduction to his Landfall trilogy that deserves to duel its way onto the bookshelves of many readers * Film in Words * a strong and confident first novel with a great mix of romance, skulduggery, swashbuckling and intrigue * Geek Planet Online * Patrick manages to blend two intertwining narratives masterfully * Nerd Like You * a tale that left me hanging for more * Falcata Times * This is a rollicking tale of feuding families, vendettas, politics, deception and rivalry...The Boy with the Porcelain Blade is a rich and satisfying novel, and a surprisingly assured novel from this relatively new writer * SFF World * The Boy with the Porcelain Blade is an intriguing novel that opens like a flower to reveal all to those who choose to read it * Fantasy Book Review * The story is brimming with abductions, assassination attempts and internal politics * Lynns Books * a solid and brilliant book with a unique and engaging voice * Starburst Magazine * If you enjoy your buckle being swashed with a healthy side order of conspiratorial plotting this could well be the book for you * The Eloquent Page * - The Boy with the Porcelain Blade displays an impressive talent for character and story * We Love This Book *
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Book Description Gollancz, U.S.A., 2014. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Shipped from UK, will dispatch next working day. Bookseller Inventory # 038587
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Book Description Gollancz, 2014. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. UK Signed Pre-Publication Dated (26-02-2014) & Numbered out of 100 1st Edition 1st Print Hardback: (Number chosen at random). In new unread condition. Dust Jacket Now covered in removable cellophane wrap. Already into reprint. Very few signed UK 1st HB's around. I will post worldwide inside a box. The book being wrapped in plenty of bubble wrap to ensure it reaches you in perfect condition: UK postage will be Royal mail 1st Class or signed for. ROW Royal Mail Air Mail or International Signed for. .Any additional postage charges incurred above those stated will be paid by me. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12439316384
Book Description Gollancz, 2014. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Compelling fantasy debut novel from Den Patrick. Signed, pre-publication dated 26/2/2014 & numbered out of 100 to a limitation page. A fine unread hardcover in a like dust wrapper.PLEASE NOTE: The copy you receive may differ to the one photographed.*******SHIPPED IN A BOX WITH PLENTY OF PROTECTION. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 74632