Seven Blades in Black

The Grave of Empires #1

Sam Sykes

fiction fantasy
adventurous dark fast-paced

704 pages | first published 2019

Sam Sykes returns with a new fantasy that introduces to an unforgettable outcast magician caught between two warring empires.

Among humans, none have power like mages. And among mages, none have will like Sal the Cacophony. Once revered, now vagrant, she walks a wasteland scarred by generations of magical warfare. The Scar, a land torn between powerful empires, is where rogue mages go to disappear, disgraced soldiers go to die and Sal went with a blade, a gun and a list of names she intended to use both on. But vengeance is a flame swift extinguished. Betrayed by those she trusted most, her magic torn from her and awaiting execution, Sal the Cacophony has one last tale to tell before they take her head. All she has left is her name, her story and the weapon she used to carved both.

Vengeance is its own reward.

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adventurous 90%
dark 54%
funny 54%
sad 27%
emotional 18%
lighthearted 18%
tense 18%
mysterious 9%


fast 50%
medium 30%
slow 20%

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Strong character development?

Yes: 44% | It's complicated: 33% | No: 22%

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Diverse cast of characters?

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