Kantal is a fighter. He has had to be. Born with nothing more than a girl’s name, he has endured a life of torment. But large obstacles do not imply small expectations. Quite the opposite in fact. And his country has long suffered too, investing five hundred fruitless years in trying to retake rich lands that were stolen by invaders from the sea. But that may be about to change. Because Kantal has a talent, and he has a plan. Now all he needs is to be heard. Can he finally ride the tide of his hard fought reputation, and succeed where all others have failed?
Mandestroy is a grimdark sword and sorcery novel about the fighter, Kantal. Born with a girl’s name and having endured a life of torment in a country that has suffered so much, Kantal has to find a way up. With his talent, his plan, and his hard-fought reputation, he seeks to succeed where others have failed. Fans of The Blade Itself and The Prince of Thorns will love this gritty action fantasy novel that will leave you breathless until the very end.
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What Readers Are Saying
It’s an underdog story, at its heart, and a gritty tale of wit and guts and fear and hope. The story stops on quite a cliff-hanger, but it doesn’t feel cheap.” – Angel Leya, Amazon reviewer ★★★★★
Overall, I enjoyed this book and found it to my liking despite not being what I normally enjoy. If you like shorter books, dark fantasy books, or just something a bit different, I would recommend this book to you.” – Anthony Kummer, Amazon reviewer ★★★★★
The author does a fantastic job in taking you to a different era and weaves a heroic story around you so very wonderfully that you get absorbed to every page. A fabulously told coming of age tale of a fighter which inspired and intrigued at the same time.” – Blogger, Amazon reviewer ★★★★★
About the Author
James Hockley‘s first book, Fear’s Union, was published in eBook format in April 2016 as the beginning of the Age of Ku trilogy. Mandestroy is the second book in the series. James also blogs about writing and his publishing experiences on his website. He lives in Bristol, UK, with his wife and his young son.
- The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
- Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
- A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
- The Way of Shadows by Brent Weekes
- The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
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Mandestroy is a dark fantasy novel that will appeal to fans of sword and sorcery, grimdark, grit, fights, raiders, hard-won reputations, tormented childhoods, nations that live in difficult times, action, and strong, hardened heroes.
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