ISBN: 9780356502724 (0356502724)
Published: Little, Brown Book Group (Orbit), 18 Mar 2014
Shortlisted – Best Fantasy Novel
The start of a brand new epic fantasy trilogy from Glenda Larke, author of the Stormlord series—full of scheming, spying, action and adventure.
Faith will not save him.
Saker looks like a simple priest, but in truth he’s a spy for the head of his faith. It’s a dangerous job, and more lives than merely his own depend on his secrecy.
When Saker is wounded by a Lascar sailor’s blade, the weapon seems to follow him home. Unable to discard it, nor the sense of responsibility that comes with it, Saker can only follow its lead.
It will put him on a journey to strange shores, on a path that will reveal terrible secrets about the empire, about the people he serves, and likely lead to his own destruction. The Lascar’s dagger demands a price, and that price will be paid in blood.
My favorite fantasy book of the year is The Lascar’s Dagger by Glenda Larke. It’s a refreshing take on a lot of different fantasy tropes. She added interesting aspects to her world, and the characters were fun to spend time with. I’m really excited the book is the first book in a, hopefully, long series. I really can’t wait to spend more time with my new favorite priest/spy Saker Rampion.
As a result, the novel’s conflicts and outcomes are logical developments inside the rich social tapestry woven around them. At the same time they are full of surprises that add up to a book that is difficult to put down.
What I loved especially was the slight ways Larke subverted tropes within this work – like how within her society, there was more gender equality seen within the religious order, than throughout the rest of the world. We see this most with Sorrel especially, and the unfairness she faced, which drove her to what she did at the start of the novel.
Larke has written an excellent book that I highly recommend to all fantasy fans, especially those who like their fantasy serious, long, and with complex characters and motivations. I am very keen to read the next book in the series and I hope it’s not too long a wait. For readers who have not read any Glenda Larke books before, this is a good a place to start as any book one.
… As the slow-burning plot unfolds, Larke’s attention to detail and worldbuilding come into their own… Densely plotted without being convoluted, this is an absorbing political fantasy that bodes well for the rest of the series.
She has the best world building of any fantasy writer I’ve ever read and it only seems to get stronger with each book … it blows my mind … if you are a fan of high fantasy and have not yet read any of Larke’s books, you are sorely missing out!
An excellent book that I highly recommend to all fantasy fans … for readers who have not read any Glenda Larke books before, this is a good a place to start
The Lascar’s Dagger hit all the right notes. It’s epic fantasy in a uniquely crafted world complete with tight, flowing writing that almost instantly sucks readers in. There’s magic and complex politics involving characters that you either love to love, or love to hate.
As a set up for a series, and when dealing with the larger picture, I was hooked. I am fascinated by the age of exploration and can’t wait to see it play out on a larger level in a fantasy novel … I want to see how a certain cursed land is affected by certain actions in the book. I want to know how the religious schism that seems set to grow turns out…
The magic here isn’t just in the witchery shrines, but in the characters … Larke’s magic is in making her characters rich and interesting.
Readers who love epic fantasy for the political intrigue and all that entails would find lots to like in The Lascar’s Dagger. There are scandals, betrayals and plays for power … I have to praise this book for its originality; there are ideas in here never seen before, and with really no way to predict what’s coming next, I’m definitely on board with continuing this series.
ISBN: 9780316399647 (0316399647)
Published: Orbit, 18 Mar 2014
ISBN: 9780316399661 (0316399663)
Published: Orbit, 18 Mar 2014