An epic fantasy by Hugo Award–winning author Matt Wallace about a utopian city with a dark secret…and the underdogs who will expose it, or die trying.
They call them Savages. Brutal. Efficient. Expendable.
The empire relies on them. The Savages are the greatest weapon they ever developed. Culled from the streets of their cities, they take the ones no one will miss and throw them, by the thousands, at the empire’s enemies. If they live, they fight again. If they die, there are always more to take their place.
Evie is not a Savage. She’s a warrior with a mission: to find the man she once loved, the man who holds the key to exposing the secret of the Savage Legion and ending the mass conscription of the empire’s poor and wretched.
But to find him, she must become one of them, to be marked in her blood, to fight in their wars, and to find her purpose. Evie will die a Savage if she has to, but not before showing the world who she really is and what the Savage Legion can really do.
Matt Wallace is the Hugo nominated author of Rencor: Life in Grudge City and the Sin du Jour series, and he won a Hugo Award alongside Mur Lafferty for the fancast Ditch Diggers. He’s also penned more than a hundred short stories in addition to writing for film and television. In his youth, he traveled the world as a professional wrestler and unarmed combat and self-defense instructor before retiring to write full-time. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Nikki.
"Savage Legion is the epic fantasy the genre has been waiting for!"—Sarah Gailey, Hugo award winning author of Magic for Liars.
"Wallace deploys an epic tag-team of smack-you-in-the-face fight sequences alongside ingenious world building in this fast-paced first round of a fantasy trilogy taking on—and taking down—the allure of empire."—Kate Elliot, acclaimed author of the Crown of Stars series
“Cunning plotting and brisk action elevate this impressive tale of swords and super-science….it’s rare for anyone in this epic’s expansive cast to remain as they first appear, as Wallace masterfully subverts readers’ expectations. As the plot spins through convincing battlefield combat and personal confrontations,….readers will be left thoroughly satisfied and eager to know what’s to come.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Smart characters and brutal action create an intriguing story about power and the decisions made to keep it. Wallace introduces a new epic fantasy trilogy filled with rich worldbuilding and people who battle bravely.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“The stylish first book in the Savage Rebellion series promises that Wallace will do for epic fantasy what he did for urban fantasy with the Sin du Jour series.” —Booklist
“Matt Wallace has written a rich multiperspective fantasy; it’s not every day that a brilliant woman with paraplegia who uses a mecha-magical wheelchair offers her voice to a narrative. This is a big, fun book, and anyone seeking a dose of large-scale epic fantasy with some fresh viewpoints will be right at home.” —BookPage
“It will make you think. It will challenge you to analyze the world around you….Just read it. 5 stars.” —FIYAH Literary Magazine
“Stunning….inventive….top notch, pulse pounding, and excellently done….most definitely the best work from the pen of an author whose skills are growing by leaps and bounds.” —Nerds of a Feather, Flock Together