A Fool's Hope

A Fool's Hope : Book Two

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'One of the best fantasy novels of the year' Novel Notions

'Probably my favourite book of the year' The Chronicler

'One of the best books I've read this year' Starlit Book

The sequel to the darkly fantastic WE ARE THE DEAD: with more unflinching action, A FOOL'S HOPE sees Jia's revolutionaries dig in their heels as they learn that wars aren't won in a day.

War takes everything.

From Tinnstra, it took her family and thrust her into a conflict she wanted only to avoid. Now her queen's sole protector, she must give all she has left to keep Zorique safe.

It has taken just as much from Jia's revolutionaries. Dren and Jax - battered, tortured, once enemies themselves - must hold strong against their bruised invaders, the Egril.

For the Egril intend to wipe Jia from the map. They may have lost a battle, but they are coming back.

If Tinnstra and her allies hope to survive, Jia's heroes will need to be ready when they do.

With more bone-crunching action, tough choices and impossible odds, fans of Joe Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence and Ed McDonald will find something to love in this series.

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Book One: We Are the Dead
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Product details

  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 48mm | 720g
  • Gollancz
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781473225244
  • 522,254

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This is my most favourite book I have read in 2020. And this series is on the way to turning into one of my absolute favourites Lily Reads
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This is my most favourite book I have read in 2020. And this series is on the way to turning into one of my absolute favourites * Lily Reads * A Fool's Hope is one of the best fantasy novels of the year. Shackle has outdone himself by crafting such a heart-hammering sequel, and I'll go as far as saying that it's one of the best middle-book installments I've ever read * Novel Notions * Epic and horrific, wonderful and depressing, exhilarating and distressing and truly a must-read for all fans of the genre . . . A Fool's Hope is probably my favourite book of the year * The Chronicler * Brutal, emotional and utterly gripping, it was an absolute rollercoaster of a book * Bibliophile Book Club * Holy shit - this book! * The Book In Hand * One of the most exciting and fresh fantasy series around * Benny Books * It's incredible * The Swordsmith * A Fool's Hope is a most excellent follow up to We Are the Dead, and one of the best books I've read this year. Sekanowari is here and gods help anyone who gets caught up in the chaos and mayhem that follows in its wake * Starlit Book * Shackle is not one to shy away from curveballs, blood and betrayals . . . a triumph of a second book * Under the Radar SFF Books * Dark, brutal, wonderful * Nick Martell, author of Kingdom of Liars *
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About Mike Shackle

Originally from London, Mike Shackle has called Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, New York and Dubai his home over the years before settling down with his family in Vancouver. In that time, he's sold washing machines, cooked for royalty, designed a few logos, and made a lot of ads. Ideally, he's happiest day dreaming over a cup of tea.
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322 ratings
4.46 out of 5 stars
5 61% (195)
4 28% (89)
3 9% (30)
2 2% (7)
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