The Corpse-Rat King

The Corpse-Rat King

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Marius don Hellespont and his apprentice, Gerd, are professional looters of battlefields. When they stumble upon the corpse of the King of Scorby and Gerd is killed, Marius is mistaken for the monarch by one of the dead soldiers and is transported down to the Kingdom of the Dead.

Just like the living citizens, the dead need a King - after all, the King is God's representative, and someone needs to remind God where they are.

And so it comes to pass that Marius is banished to the surface with one message: if he wants to recover his life he must find the dead a King. Which he fully intends to do.

Just as soon as he stops running away.

File Under: Fantasy [ Royal Prospect | Looting & Fishing | The Living Dead | Keep On Running ]
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 27mm | 329g
  • Angry Robot
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0857662864
  • 9780857662866
  • 1,006,258

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"A stunning debut novel, well-crafted and grotesquely inventive. With its madcap story, unforgettable characters and fine balance between humour and pathos, The Corpse-Rat King ticks all the boxes. Fans of Joe Abercrombie will love this." - Juliet Marillier, award-winning author of the Sevenwaters series and Bridei's Chronicles
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About Lee Battersby

LEE BATTERSBY was born in Nottingham, UK, in 1970 and moved to Australia at the age of 5, bringing his parents with him for protection. A multiple award-winning author of over 70 short stories in Australia, the US and Europe, He writes across a wide range of forms, including poetry, reviews, stand-up comedy and film, and has taught writing for both Clarion South and the Australian Writers Marketplace. He lives in Mandurah, Western Australia, with his wife, writer Lyn Battersby, and a brood of increasingly weird children. His long-running weblog, the Battersblog, is archived by Australia's National Library as an electronic source of log-term research value, which amuses him greatly.
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568 ratings
3.28 out of 5 stars
5 13% (75)
4 30% (168)
3 35% (199)
2 17% (95)
1 5% (31)
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