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The Tower of Living and Dying Audiobook

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Read By: Colin Mace, Meriel Rosenkranz Publisher: Hachette Book Group Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 11.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 8.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781549115417

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Longest Chapter Length:

39:11 minutes

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18 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

13:26 minutes

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Publisher Description

A powerhouse story of bloodshed, ambition, and fate, The Tower of Living and Dying is a continuation of Anna Smith Spark's brilliant Empires of Dust trilogy, which began with The Court of Broken Knives.

Marith has been a sellsword, a prince, a murderer, a demon, and dead. But something keeps bringing him back to life, and now there is nothing stopping him from taking back the throne that is rightfully his.

Thalia, the former high priestess, remains Marith's only tenuous grasp to whatever goodness he has left. His left hand and his last source of light, Thalia still believes that the power that lies within him can be used for better ends. But as more forces gather beneath Marith's banner, she can feel her influence slipping.

Read the second book in this "gritty and glorious!" (Miles Cameron) epic fantasy series reminiscent of Joe Abercrombie and Mark Lawrence where the exiled son of a king fights to reclaim his throne no matter the cost.

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Spark's first novel lives up to its billing as a 'grimdark' tale. The setting may be bleak and dreary, but the worldbuilding is well done and the characters fit right in. Troubled, solitary and downright drug-addled as the protagonist is, readers will come around to his side as the reasons why he seeks for the throne he lost are revealed.

— RT Book Reviews on The Court of Broken Knives 


  • Marked by intense, action-packed battle scenes, this grimdark epic fantasy is the escape you need right now.

    — Kirkus on The Tower of Living and Dying
  • 'One of the most exciting voices not just in grimdark but in fantasy [...] eclipses almost everything else I've read this year'.—Grimdark Magazine on The Tower of Living and Dying

  • Gritty and glorious! A great read.

    — Miles Cameron, author of The Traitor Son Cycle on The Court of Broken Knives
  • Fierce, gripping fantasy, exquisitely written; bitter, funny, and heart-rending by turns.

    — Adrian Tchaikovsky, Arthur C. Clarke Award winner for Children of Time on The Court of Broken Knives
  • Grim, gritty, and fast paced; with great battles scenes! Anna Smith-Spark is one to watch.

    — Andy Remic, author of the Blood Dragon Empire series on The Court of Broken Knives
  • Anna Smith-Spark writes in a unique voice with such pace and veracity your imagination has to struggle to keep up with your eyes.

    — Adrian Collins, Grimdark Magazine on The Court of Broken Knives
  • Captivating.

    — Marc Turner, author of the Chronicles of the Exile series on The Court of Broken Knives
  • All hail the queen of grimdark fantasy!

    — Michael R. Fletcher, author of Beyond Redemption on The Court of Broken Knives
  • Spark's gripping debut is definitely one to read and prize.

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Court of Broken Knives
  • Holy crap, this is good!

    — Grim Tidings on The Court of Broken Knives
  • This outstanding, unputdownable debut holds and horrifies like a blood-spattered tapestry. There's rough humour, high drama and a love of story-telling that shines through every page. Plus it's got dragons with bad breath. Brilliant.

    — The Daily Mail (UK) on The Court of Broken Knives
  • It's a bold experiment and feels like something new. An interesting book to read and fascinating to discuss afterwards!

    — Mark Lawrence on The Court of Broken Knives
  • Exciting twists and turns...Spark keeps the surprises coming all the way to the end.

    — Booklist on The Court of Broken Knives

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About Colin Mace

Colin Mace is an actor recently seen in the National Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors. He starred in the critically acclaimed drama The Night Watch for the BBC, Shirley for BBC2, as well as several episodes of Eastenders. His theater credits include “Ted Narracott” in War Horse at the National Theatre and West End, as well as Cash at WYP, and The 39 Steps and The Odysee at the Lyric Hammersmith. Other television credits includes Peep ShowAbolitionThe BillDown to Earth, and The Project.