Release date: July 3rd 2018
Publisher: Tor Books
Synopsis via Goodreads:
I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me...
Outwardly, Jovan is the lifelong friend of the Chancellor’s charming, irresponsible Heir. Quiet. Forgettable. In secret, he's a master of poisons and chemicals, trained to protect the Chancellor’s family from treachery. When the Chancellor succumbs to an unknown poison and an army lays siege to the city, Jovan and his sister Kalina must protect the Heir and save their city-state.
But treachery lurks in every corner, and the ancient spirits of the land are rising...and angry.
I dreamed too much.
First it was fragments: lessons with Etan, tomfoolery with Tain. Then detailed, vibrant dreams, rich in memories, as though I were living those times again. One took me through my first poisoning and then my worst, and I woke clutching my throat and coughing, the caustic feeling still burning in my lungs as if I had freshly inhaled the deadly powder. I turned over in my bed, skin slick and muscles clenching. I tried breathing exercises to calm my mind, but the cough kept erupting and destroying my concentration. Sleep, you need to sleep.
Upon waking yet again, my heart raced and my brain swam with stress and fear. I couldn’t remember details—just a sense of threat. Tain and Kalina had been in danger, and I had been unable to get to them, but somehow knew they were going to die, and it would be my fault. I had to protect them both, and I was failing.
About the Author
A black belt in jujitsu, Sam Hawke lives with her husband and children in Australia. CITY OF LIES is her first novel.
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