The Hod King

The Hod King : Book Three of the Books of Babel

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'It is not merely a 5* book, it's a masterpiece' Mark Lawrence

'A vibrant, wholly original, and expertly crafted novel that transcends genre fantasy. It is an instant literary classic' Fantasy Book Review

Thomas Senlin and his crew have been separated following the orders of the mysterious Sphinx. Meanwhile, the enslaved hods climb the Black Trail and whisper secrets in the dark. As Senlin and his crew are dragged ever further into the Tower's conspiracies, everything falls to one question: who is the Hod King?

Praise for the series:

'I'm wildly in love with this book' - Pierce Brown, author of Red Rising

'Brilliant' - Publishers Weekly

'I loved it' - Django Wexler, author of The Thousand Names

'A universe of stars out of five' Superstar Drifter

'These books are absolutely incredible' - The Quill to Live

'Spectacular . . . fabulously gripping' - BookBag

'An impressive display of imagination and humour' - SciFiNow

'An engrossing, intoxicating delight' - Forbidden Planet
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Product details

  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 44mm | 400g
  • Orbit
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0356510840
  • 9780356510842
  • 4,432

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The Books of Babel are something you hope to see perhaps once a decade - future classics, which may be remembered long after the series concludes. Only a few days into 2019, I think we've already found a contender for 'fantasy book of the year' -- LA TIMES A brilliant third instalment in Josiah Bancroft's inspired Books of Babel quartet -- FANTASY HIVE Deeply compelling . . . A classic in the making -- B&N SCI-FI AND FANTASY BLOG An impressive display of imagination and humour . . . we have no reservations about recommending it -- SCIFINOW on SENLIN ASCENDS It's rare to find a modern book that feels like a timeless classic. I'm wildly in love with this book -- Pierce Brown, on SENLIN ASCENDS Brilliant debut fantasy . . . this novel goes off like a firework and suggests even greater things in the author's future -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY on SENLIN ASCENDS Senlin Ascends crosses the everyday strangeness and lyrical prose of Borges and Gogol with all the action and adventure of high fantasy. I loved it, and grabbed the next one as soon as I turned the last page -- Django Wexler on SENLIN ASCENDS An extraordinary debut that is well worthy of the hype. A beautifully written, highly engaging page-turning masterpiece -- FANTASY BOOK REVIEW on SENLIN ASCENDS Like its predecessor it is a brilliant piece of work . . . these two books are genius. I just love them. The story, characters and imagination shine -- Mark Lawrence on ARM OF THE SPHINX Spectacular . . . Once again Josiah has produced something that belongs in the very top echelons of the fantasy genre -- FANTASY HIVE Just as phenomenally written as its two predecessors . . . this one gets 6/5 stars, because 5 stars are not enough for the amount that I loved it. A universe of stars out of five! -- SUPERSTAR DRIFTER The Hod King is a vibrant, wholly original, and expertly crafted novel that transcends genre fantasy. It is an instant literary classic -- FANTASY BOOK REVIEW It is not merely a 5* book, it's a masterpiece . . . readers will be talking about these books long after much of what currently keeps them company on the shelves is forgotten . . . I was thrilled by the story, wildly jealous of the writing, and am now very keen to read the final book -- Mark Lawrence
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About Josiah Bancroft

Before settling down to write fantasy novels, Josiah Bancroft was a poet, college instructor, and aspiring comic book artist. When he is not writing, he enjoys recording the Crit Faced podcast with his authorial friends, drawing the world of the Tower, and cooking dinner without a recipe. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Sharon, their daughter Maddie, and their two rabbits, Mabel and Chaplin.

More examples of his work, including updates on upcoming instalments in the Books of Babel series, can be found at
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905 ratings
4.58 out of 5 stars
5 68% (614)
4 25% (226)
3 6% (52)
2 1% (9)
1 0% (4)
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