“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.”
The Boy with the Porcelain Blade has been described as possessing echoes of Mervyn Peake, Robin Hobb and Jon Courtenay Grimwood. This new fantasy series is published in March by Gollancz (£14.99).