The Shadow Throne

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Anyone can plot a coup or fire an assassin’s bullet. But in a world of muskets and magic, it takes considerably more to seize the throne.

The ailing King of the Vordan lies on his deathbed. When he dies, his daughter, Raesinia Orboan, will become the first Queen Regnant in centuries—and a ripe target for the ambitious men who seek to control her. The most dangerous of these is Duke Orlanko, Minister of Information and master of the secret police. Having meticulously silenced his adversaries through intimidation, imprisonment, and execution, Orlanko is the most feared man in the kingdom.

And he knows an arcane secret that puts Raesinia completely at his mercy.

Exposure would mean ruin, but Raesinia is determined to find a way to break herself—and her country—out of Orlanko’s iron grip. She finds unlikely allies in the returning war hero Janus bet Vhalnich, fresh from a brilliant campaign in the colony of Khandar, and his loyal deputies, Captain Marcus d’Ivoire and Lieutenant Winter Ihernglass.

As Marcus and Winter struggle to find their places in the home they never thought they would see again, they help Janus and Raesinia set in motion events that could free Vordan from Orlanko’s influence—at the price of throwing the nation into chaos. But with the people suffering under the Duke’s tyranny, they intend to protect the kingdom with every power they can command, earthly or otherwise.

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Reviews

"This audacious and subversive sequel to 2013’s The Thousand Names shifts from the previous book’s military campaign into a political intrigue that examines issues ranging from gender identity to the development of democracy. ... Wexler throws a lot into the story, but the mash-up of 17th-century technology and demon-summoning assassins comes together nicely." - Publishers Weekly

"So with a novella and two full length novels officially under its belt, can I finally say The Shadow Campaigns is one of my favorite fantasy series out right now? Certainly my favorite military fantasy. I knew from the very start that The Thousand Names would be a tough act to follow and that book two would have big shoes to fill, but The Shadow Throne was no slouch; it delivered exactly what I wanted to see in the sequel – raised stakes, impactful decisions that furthered the plot, and of course, more of Wexler’s outstanding characters." - Mogsy at Bibliosanctum

"FANTASY FRENCH REVOLUTION WITH LESBIANS. That’s basically, 'Shut up and take my money,' territory, as far as I’m concerned. ... Things explode. There are running battles in the streets and daggers-drawn in stairwells, and more than one prison break/infiltration. The pacing zooms along with satisfying speed and tension. The gender balance in terms of interesting characters is particularly gratifying to me. A significant proportion of the characters are women, badass women with their own needs and their own agendas, and they get their own moments of awesome. It’s also gratifying to finally read an epic fantasy novel by a male author that hasn’t set out to demonstrate how deeply it can delve into the grim, brutal, and horrific: there’s optimism in The Shadow Throne, and the sense that things might just work out in the end." - Liz Bourke at Tor.com

"That introduction to Raesinia is one of the most shocking and powerful character introductions I’ve come across in quite some time and with it, Wexler sets the tone for the novel. For even though he played with the expectations of readers familiar with the Military Fantasy genre in The Thousand Names, Wexler boldly announces he is forging something truly his own in The Shadow Campaigns saga. ... The Shadow Throne is an extremely successful second-in-a-series book, and nearly perfect one in that regard. Wexler takes the characters we know from the previous volume and puts them in challenging situations which allows them to grow along the track charted in the first novel, with some surprises as well." - Rob Bedford at SFFWorld

"...if you liked the characters from The Thousand Names, you’ll be glad to know that the main ones are back with a couple of newbies thrown in who are just as engaging. Wexler exchanges desert battlefields for city streets and the grayskin enemy for the shadowy figures of Duke Orlanko’s Concordat, whilst weaving strands of social unrest and rebellion which are engagingly real and complete without being dry and boring. Finally, you start to get a greater insight into exactly what the Sworn Church are up to, and exactly what they have at their disposal. It is, in truth, a cracking read and I very much look forward to the next installment." - Mike Brooks

"...Django Wexler shows that he knows what he is doing and does it in an awesome way. He further builds the world of The Shadow Campaigns; the world itself felt vibrant and alive, the characters that inhabit the world are just as alive, they are greatly fleshed out and every character is given it's own personality and has their own vices and virtues that will make you either root for them or hate them. I was full of praise for The Thousand Names and am so once again for The Shadow Throne, obligatory fantasy right here. Managing to create such strong start and building upon it requires skill. I can only imagine what Django Wexler will show next. MUST READ" - The Book Plank

"All in all, The Shadow Throne is an inventive, exciting and fun fantasy novel that can be read as a straight adventure but has additional value for history buffs and those who want deeper politics in their fantasy novels. Oh, and if you were hoping for more of Wexler's super well-rendered battles? There just so happens to be a real doozy at the end. Now, when does book three come out?" - Nerds of a Feather

"In short, and in addition to everything else that recommends them as excellent reading material, Wexler’s books are a masterclass on how writing a sexist culture – and sexist men, even – doesn’t have to restrict the significance and range of your female characters." - Foz Meadows at A Dribble of Ink

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