Alex Marshall
A War in Crimson Embers (Book 3: Crimson Empire Trilogy)

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The final book in the Crimson Empire trilogy, a game-changing fantasy epic featuring an unforgettable warrior.

Former warrior queen and now pariah, Cold Zosia wakes in the ashes of a burning city. Her vengeance has brought her to this - her heroic reputation in tatters, her allies scattered far and wide, and her world on the cusp of ruin.

General Ji-Hyeon has vanished into the legendary First Dark, leaving her lover Sullen alone to carry out the grim commands of a dead goddess. The barbarian Maroto is held captive by a demonic army hell-bent on the extermination of the Crimson Empire, and only his protégé Purna believes he can be saved.

Zosia must rally her comrades and old enemies one last time, for what will prove the greatest battle of her many legends...if anyone lives to tell it.

Praise for A War in Crimson Embers:

“Ragged, sharp edged, and expansively flawed Zosia is still the center of the story, but Marshall broadens the story and gives her far-flung friends and enemies more depth and time in the spotlight. The heroes and villains now face brutal extremities, including literal hells, that flay them open and expose every bit of bravery and evil within them; these personal developments are as cataclysmic as the epic final battle. This is a must-read for fans of Marshall and the Crimson Empire’s antiheroes.” —Publishers Weekly

“While the conclusion will have heavy consequences for the protagonists in unexpected ways, this action-packed, fast-paced dark epic fantasy will satisfy readers impatiently awaiting George R.R. Martin’s next opus.”
Library Journal

“One of the most remarkable things about the Crimson Empire trilogy is just how awful Marshall lets things get. These are books that revel in misery and mayhem; they’re spotted with the gallows humor you’d expect, but also with descriptions of bloodshed and depictions of violence that will make your skin crawl. . . . This whipsaw narrative style is part of what makes the Crimson Empire trilogy so much fun, even as the action grows so very dark. That, and that all the devils here are, despite their worst intentions, so damned likable. A War in Crimson Embers serves as the perfect finale for a series in which just about everyone plays the villain, if only, because, just this once, all of the devils are fighting on the same side.”—Barnes & Noble

“The final installment of the Crimson Empire series is the best of them all. Marshall's weaving of the tale is engaging and exciting, giving readers just enough hope that the ragtag band will prevail. Marshall is a master of imagery, giving a rich setting to the story and painting a picture that transcends the page.” —RT Book Reviews

Praise for A Blade of Black Steel:

“This is a fitting follow-up to the first Crimson Empire book; full of bloody battles and strong females . . . The writing and setting are rich . . . Purna is a strong character who adds an interesting dynamic to the twisted and surprising story.” —RT Book Reviews

Praise for A Crown for Cold Silver:

"[E]xceptional writing, a middle-aged warrior heroine, and organically infused gender nonconformity make this fantasy epic a first-rate trailblazer . . . the splendid storytelling, wry humor, and unresolved intrigue will leave readers hungry for the sequels." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This brawny revenge fantasy feels like a Tarantino movie: a hugely entertaining mix of adventure and comedy, punctuated by moments of darkness, with clever dialogue and explosive set-pieces . . . a wonderfully rich world, detailed enough to make us feel as though we’re visiting a real place . . . the characters are so splendidly designed that the book is a pure joy to read . . . Marshall has crafted a story that feels fresh and exciting." —Booklist, starred review

“[S]parkles with details that make a fantasy world come alive: echoes of cultures jumbled together in new ways, drug addicts who allow poisonous insects to sting them for a high, and unusual gender roles and depictions.” —Library Journal, starred review

“It's a vibrant book, and a generously lush one. . . . Marshall is simultaneously tender and reverent. It's a virtuoso move, one that shows just how much heart and thought lurk beneath the book's savagery and bleakness. A Crown for Cold Silver drags epic fantasy through the mud — but it does so with wit, wonder and wisdom.” —NPR

“This lusty debut will have you gasping in one breath and laughing in the next with its cast of multicultural characters, gender-bending soldiers, same-sex coupled kings and warrior women of all ages who throw themselves into the fray. By the latter half of the novel, you realize Marshall is playing a long, glorious game.” —Washington Post

“We’ve got epic sagas coming out of our elven ears. But sometimes, a different kind of story appears, plowing through the genre’s tried-and-true tropes to blaze its own path. A Crown for Cold Silver is one such story. . . . a fresh fantasy concoction that goes down easy, and leaves a pleasant burn on the way.” —Barnes & Noble

“Brimming with imagination and invention . . . Fabulous!”
—John Gwynne, author of The Faithful and the Fallen series

“This is my favorite kind of fantasy—alternately irreverent and brutal, with a cast of wonderfully scarred and nasty people. Any fans of Steven Erikson, Mark Lawrence, or Joe Abercrombie will love A Crown for Cold Silver; I’ve just finished it, and I’m already eager for more.”
—Django Wexler, author of The Thousand Names

Genre: Epic Fantasy
Length: 592 pages (hc)
Publication Date: December 2017


World English rights, Orbit
World Dutch rights, Uitgeverij Luitingh-Sijthoff
World German rights, Piper
World Russian rights, Azbooka-Atticus

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ALEX MARSHALL is a pseudonym for Jesse Bullington, acclaimed author of several novels in different genres including The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart and The Enterprise of Death. He lives in Seattle.