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The Black Coast

Book One of the God-King Chronicles

Published by Solaris
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The start of an unmissable series filled with war-dragons, armoured knights, sea-faring raiders, dangerous magic and crowd-pleasing battle scenes.

War Dragons. Fearsome Raiders. A Daemonic Warlord on the Rise.

When the citizens of Black Keep see ships on the horizon, terror takes them because they know who is coming: for generations, the keep has been raided by the fearsome clanspeople of Tjakorsha. Saddling their war dragons, Black Keep's warriors rush to defend their home only to discover that the clanspeople have not come to pillage at all. Driven from their own land by a daemonic despot who prophesises the end of the world, the raiders come in search of a new home . . .
Meanwhile the wider continent of Narida is lurching toward war. Black Keep is about to be caught in the crossfire – if only its new mismatched society can survive.

The start of an unmissable fantasy series.

About The Author

Mike Brooks is the author of The God-King Chronicles epic fantasy series, the Keiko series of grimy space-opera novels, and various works for Games Workshop’s Black Library imprint including RITES OF PASSAGE and BRUTAL KUNNIN. He was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, and moved to Nottingham to go to university when he was eighteen, where he still lives with his wife, cats, and snakes. He worked in the homelessness sector for fifteen years before going full-time as an author, plays guitar and sings in a punk band, and DJs wherever anyone will tolerate him. He is queer, and partially deaf (no, that occurred naturally, and a long time before the punk band).

Product Details

  • Publisher: Solaris (March 16, 2021)
  • Length: 640 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781781088241

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Raves and Reviews

"Mike Brook's Dark Run is a rambunctious, rapidfire rollercoaster of a read. Get signed up and strapped in for a helluva ride!" -- Michael Cobley, author of the Humanity’s Fire series.

"Great fun... Golden Age chic!" -- Stephen Baxter on Dark Run

"Brooks’s terrific debut demonstrates that a good caper tale can take place anywhere, even in interstellar space ... Fans of rip-roaring space adventures will greatly enjoy this one." -- Publisher's Weekly

"Dark Run is a thrill-ride of non-stop action, wise-crackery and adventure in the vast vaults of outer space. I look forward to revisiting Ichabod Drift and the crew of the Keiko time and again… " -- Luke Scull

"... if you’re looking for a Firefly-like tale, filled with characters like Damian Frey and the crew of the Ketty Jay, you won’t be disappointed with this one. A quick read, but an immensely entertaining one." -- SFF World

"The bonds among the crew continue to be a high point of the writing, as are Brooks's terrific action sequences." -- Publishers Weekly on Dark Deeds, starred review

"Intrigue, piracy and action, Dark Run is a page turning SF romp with an edge as sharp as mono-molecular blade." -- Gavin Smith, author of Veteran and War in Heaven

"A fast and wry SF adventure full of the deviousness and wit of Firefly." -- Stephen Deas on Dark Run

The Black Coast has excellent characters and wonderful world-building, with a wealth of interesting cultural collisions. I’m already excited for the next one!” -- Django Wexler, author of The Shadow Campaigns series.

“Any fan of epic fantasy will find something to love here.” -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

– Publishers Weekly

Named Amazon Editors' Pick for Best SFF - February 2021

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