The Garden of Empire

The Garden of Empire : The bold and epic sequel to the award-nominated The Hand of the Sun King, in which one man's choices could change the fate of the world

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The bold sequel to The Hand of the Sun King, where one man's magic and choices could change the fate of the world.


Foolish Cur, once named Wen Alder, finds that his allies in the rebellion might cross any line if it means freedom from the Empire. But he can't overcome a foe as strong as Emperor Tenet alone.


Koro Ha, Foolish Cur's former tutor, discovers the Empire is not so forgiving of those who raise a traitor. And their suspicion may cost him and his people more than he can imagine.


As war against the Empire rages, Foolish Cur knows there is a greater threat. The emperor plans his own coup against the gods, and they will wreak destruction if he tries. To stop him, Foolish Cur might have to risk everything - and resort to ancient magics that could tear the world apart.

The sequel to the spectacular The Hand of the Sun King, filled to the brim with magic and the cruel consequences of war. This is perfect for fans of Robin Hobb and Shelley Parker-Chan.

Readers love The Garden of Empire:

'A thrilling sequel to The Hand of the Sun King. The magic system is still one of the most unique I've read and I really enjoyed reading about all of the magic/abilities it produces' Goodreads reviewer,

'The Garden of Empire is beautifully written, the prose engaging and vivid without losing itself in dramatics' Goodreads reviewer,

'The story is developed with a wonderful complexity, and as always the prose is luscious. J.T. Greathouse is one of the most effective prose artists that I've read in SFF in a long time' Goodreads reviewer,

'Where The Hand Of The Sun King was one of my favorite fantasy debuts in years. The Garden Of Empire is one of the best fantasy books I've read' Goodreads reviewer,

'A gripping, riveting, highly entertaining, well plotted, and well told story. A page turner that kept me hooked. A story which is epic and intimate ad the same time. Loved it, loved it, loved it' Goodreads reviewer,

'I absolutely loved this book! It's even better than the first one in my opinion. The character growth is fantastic. I loved following them as they learned new magic' Goodreads reviewer,
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Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 160 x 236 x 44mm | 720g
  • Gollancz
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1473232910
  • 9781473232914
  • 13,679

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There were several scenes which left me in complete shock while the slow build up kept me sweating like a tea kettle waiting to scream . . . Wild twists and shocking revelations will leave you begging for the finale * Under the Rader SFF Books * J.T. Greathouse writes fantastically rich and complex characters . . . the prose remains both rich and elegant. The plot is masterfully executed . . . The Garden of Empire is simply an absolutely amazing piece of fantasy fiction * Fantasy Book Nerd * Some lines took my breath away or sent shivers up and down my spine because of the delivery. I adored it immensely * The Quill to Live * An incredibly fascinating fantasy tale, with a few twists I definitely did not see coming * The Bibliophile Chronicles * Superb and on par with the finest moments I've read in SFF so far this year . . . I'm all-in for the final novel in this series * Grimdark Magazin * The characters are the strongest point in this book, and J.T does a brilliant job of showcasing these characters. Honestly, it's a great sequel, and I really recommend it! * Al Alhambra Book Reviews * A worthy read for those who like their fantasy epic. I think it is one of the best fantasy series I have read * SFF World * Broader in scope, seeped in electrifying magic and topped with a heart stopping finale, this is a sequel not to be missed * The Fantasy Hive * The Garden of Empire is a great novel, it's quite the novel indeed . . . I really recommend it! * FanFiAddict *
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About J.T. Greathouse

J.T. Greathouse has been writing fantasy and science fiction since he was eleven years old. He holds a BA in history and philosophy with a minor in Asian studies as well as a Master's in Teaching from Whitworth University, and spent four months of intensive study in Chinese language and culture at Minzu University of China in Beijing. The Hand of the Sun King was his first novel. His short fiction has appeared, often as Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis, in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Writers of the Future 34, Deep Magic, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Spokane, Washington with his wife Hannah and several overflowing bookshelves.
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