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Hollow Empire

A Poison War Novel

The Poison Wars (Volume 2)

Author: Sam Hawke

Hollow Empire

Hollow Empire


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Moving from poison and treachery to war and witchcraft, the Poison Wars continue with a fabulous epic fantasy adventure perfect for fans of Robin Hobb, Naomi Novik, and Scott Lynch.
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Moving from poison and treachery to war and witchcraft, Sam Hawke's Poison Wars continue with Hollow Empire, a fabulous epic fantasy adventure perfect for fans of Robin Hobb, Naomi Novik, and Scott Lynch.

Poison was only the beginning.... The deadly siege of Silasta woke the ancient spirits, and now the city-state must find its place in this new world of magic. But people and politics are always treacherous, and it will take all of Jovan and Kalina’s skills as proofer and spy to save their country when witches and assassins turn their sights to domination.

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Tor Books



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Praise for Hollow Empire

“This is a political epic done right.” —Publishers Weekly

“The second of the “Poison War” series (after City of Lies) raises the stakes with a plot of thrilling suspense and characters who are dynamic. Readers will be clamoring for the next book in the series.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“A gripping tale that blends magic and conspiracy, poison and suspicion, love and hatred. Sam Hawke makes you fall in love with her characters and then tortures you by casting them into unrelenting, page-turning peril.” —RJ Theodore, author of Peridot Shift

“Wonderful, emotional, and satisfying...Hollow Empire is one of the best books published this year, and it’s easily one of the best sequels I’ve ever read.” —Novel Notions

Praise for the Poison Wars

“Hawke’s exemplary prose thrusts readers directly into the action, both physical and magical, building tension and excitement until the final pages.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Utterly brilliant...The Poison Wars novels contain some of the best worldbuilding I've ever read, a wonderful sibling bond unlike anything in fantasy, all wrapped together in a mystery I couldn't put down. Highly recommend!”—Shannon Chakraborty, author of the critically acclaimed Daevabad Trilogy

“Filled with twisty politics and powerful magic, Hollow Empire is an explosive sequel, a truly potent story filled with everything that makes fantasy great.”—Devin Madson, author of We Ride the Storm

Praise for City of Lies

WINNER of the Ditmar Awards for Best Novel and Best New Talent, the Norma K Hemming Award, and the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel!

"A tale of poisoners, deceit and treachery that will surely keep readers entranced. I don’t read many stories as twisty and unpredictable, especially in the latter chapters, as this one, and I loved what Sam Hawke did."—Terry Brooks

"If the first line doesn’t make you buy this book, you should turn in your fantasy-lover’s badge. City of Lies got me through sitting seven hours in an airport, and proves that a tale about the one who risks his life to thwart assassins can be as compelling as any assassin’s tale."—Robin Hobb

"Sibling protagonists anchor this twisty story of old grievances coming to a boil. Hawke writes with nuance about the loves, loyalties, ambitions, and resentments that bind her characters together and threaten to tear them apart."—Kate Elliott

"Absolutely loved this; the world building is brilliant, the mystery and crime elements merge seamlessly into a fantastical world of poisoners, warrior-guilds and ancient magic. But the heart of the story is the central characters, they’re written with such depth, flawed, human and likeable. City of Lies is a wonderful read and one that I'd highly recommend to all lovers of fantasy."—John Gwynne

"An enormously enjoyable read, one of the best new fantasies I’ve seen in a long time."—Adrian Tchaikovsky

“A compelling fantasy whodunit—imagine Agatha Christie channelled through Robin Hobb—and a page-turning coming-of-age tale.”—The Guardian

"A well-crafted debut with believable political intrigues, solid worldbuilding, and original characters."—Kirkus

"This epic fantasy debut weaves political, class, and belief systems into a deftly drawn world."—School Library Journal

"Colorful and exciting."—Publishers Weekly

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