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The House of Sacrifice

(Empires of Dust #3)

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A powerhouse grimdark fantasy of bloodshed, ambition, and fate, The House of Sacrifice is the thunderous conclusion to Anna Smith Spark's Empires of Dust trilogy, which began with The Court of Broken Knives.
Marith's power is growing. His empire stretches across half the world, and allies are flocking to his banner to share the spoils of war. With Thalia ruling at his side
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Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by Orbit (first published July 25th 2019)
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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
Anna Smith Spark concludes her trilogy in a truly spectacular fashion; it is fast, violent and ferocious.

ALL HAIL THE QUEEN OF GRIMDARK!


The House of sacrifice gets the ending it deserves. Marith gets the ending he deserves. I must admit, I was a little worried going into this because more often than not writers don’t end their books in the best way. They don’t take risks. They give them nice fluffy endings. They wrap it up and tie a nice pretty bow on it. This couldn’t ever happen here. I’m g
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FanFiAddict
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: ★★★★★+

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A powerhouse grimdark fantasy of bloodshed, ambition, and fate, The House of Sacrifice is the thunderous conclusion to Anna Smith Spark’s Empires of Dust trilogy, which began with The Court of Broken Knives.

Marith Altrersyr has won. He cut a path of blood and vengeance and needless violence around the world and now he rules. It is time for Marith to put down his sword, to send home his armies, to grow a beard and become fat. It is time to look to his own house, and to produ
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Peter McLean
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"I will not be blamed for living my life."

So says Thalia, Queen of all Irlast, of her refusal to kill her Devil God, Murder Christ husband Marith in his sleep and do the world a favour. Marith, god of war and ruin and grief and hate and vengeance. It is in her gift to end his life, any night she chooses, and thus plunge herself into a life of penance and penury. Why should she?

So opens the third and final act of the glorious, thundering black metal opera that is The Empires of Dust. This is ever
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Kristen
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full review is here, on my blog!~

Book fam, let me tell you about Marith Altresyr, King of all of Everything Ever if you’re not familiar.

My dude is crazy AF, first of all. He wants to die, but is moreso terrified of it, and there is… actually a bit of question as to whether he actually can. As he and his army cross the world conquering everything in between, Marith becomes more and more mentally unstable as things don’t always go his way, and tends to drown his woes in drink and drugs.

Thalia, Que
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Jennifer
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Copy received from Netgalley all opinions are my own

Let’s start with the cover, because I am shallow like that. It is stunning. I love the pops of red against the grey background. So beautiful.

The thing I like most about Anna Smith Spark is her writing. It is just as beautiful as the cover. She’s a writer who can make the violence of war seem beautiful with her words and she uses them effectively to create a vivid world marred by constant and very bloody violence. That’s a remarkable skill.

As f
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Jordan
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I will never get tired of Anna Smith Spark's prose. I can't believe this trilogy is over, but I can't wait to see what she writes next!

Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature!

Now this was a satisfying ending to a truly remarkable trilogy that has left me speechless on more than one occasion.

The poetic and literature nature of Spark's writing has done nothing but flourish throughout this trilogy, and it remains as vibrant and immersive as ever in The House of Sacrifice. Spark's prose is,
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Daniel B-G
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fitting end to a great trilogy. If most fantasy is like Iron Maiden – camp, absurd, deluded as to how dangerous and cool they are – this is Emperor – over the top, slightly insane, not to be messed with, might burn your church down in a fit of drunken pique. There are a lot of things here that I would probably object to in other stories. The characters had slightly inhuman motives, normally this is a big no, but it worked in its opulent excessiveness, and it came full circle by the end in a sa ...more
Reggie Kray
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So. I have eight full sized book shelves. All of the shelves are full. Some double stacked and bowing. I also have one ‘special shelf’ where I place the books that I fucking adore. It holds maybe 25 books. This novel has earned a home on that particular shelf with its siblings. That is all.
John Ross
Feb 17, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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James
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
hail the queen of grimdark and glory to her reign long and prosperous.
where here the end of the empire of dust trilogy and its a dozy and a half This book is going to be embedded in the minds of readers im not being hyperbolic this is one of the best fantasy stories written in the last decade or so. The last half of this book is some of the most emotionally charged scenes i have ever read from a lesser author would have been seen as bad taste but she does those scenes masterfully. Thematically
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Izzie
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast-paced, bloody, fitting ending to this trilogy. I look forward to what more Anna Smith Spark has to offer us readers.
Alex Sarll
A book which understands that the world is built on suffering and horror, that we're all quite literally full of shit, and yet beauty somehow exists and persists. Which says early on of the trilogy's key location, a city whose faith is founded on the sacrifice of innocents, "The people of Sorlost are wise. They merely make visible what all the world is based on". Its central figure: Marith, King Ruin, King Death – a fucked-up little boy become destroyer of nations. Which reads increasingly famil ...more
Ross Thompson
* I received an advance copy of this book from the publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review *

Anna Smith Spark broke onto the scene with The Court of Broken Knives (which always annoyed me because the place in the book is named the Court of the Broken Knife), a truly dark and gritty fantasy tale mixing magic, ambition, political intrigue and good old fashion hacking limbs off with blunted swords. Her narrative tone made her debut stand out, being much more lyrical and poetic than
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Gianna
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's time for the Empires of Dust trilogy to come to an end. And it comes with a bang.

Marith Altrersyr has his victory at last. But all victories come with a price. And his price to pay is the nothingness that awaits him after he's conquered all. Marith's mind is on the verge of breaking. How long will it take before his whole kingdom collapses under his fragile mind?

For anyone familiar with the Empires of Dust trilogy, there is not much that can be said to describe the brilliance of the book's
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Annarella
I was fascinated by how powerful and beautiful this book is.
The style of writing, the characters and developments in the plots are part of a coral work that you have to read slowly to enjoy at last and, at same time, makes you wish to turn the pages as fast as you can.
It's grim, dark and enchanting at the same time.
I'm happy I discovered a new great fantasy author and a new amazing series.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
Felix
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The vision is dark & the prose bleeds with splendor.
James Roberts
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Original review on Nightmarish Conjurings:

http://www.nightmarishconjurings.com/...

Don’t make me click your links, mate:

Spark brings her Empires of Dust series to a wonderful conclusion and proving that this is a masterwork of dark fantasy that begs to be read as literature. Grotesque, twisted, horrific, and thought provoking, this is a wonderful little parable about evil and our willingness to follow it. Queen of Grimdark, indeed.
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'Game of Literary Thrones ... the next generation hit fantasy fiction' The Sunday Times

Anna Smith Spark lives in London, UK. She loves grimdark and epic fantasy and historical military fiction. Anna has a BA in Classics, an MA in history and a PhD in English Literature. She has previously been published in the Fortean Times and the poetry website www.greatworks.org.uk. Previous jobs include petty
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Other books in the series

Empires of Dust (3 books)
  • The Court of Broken Knives (Empires of Dust #1)
  • The Tower of Living and Dying (Empires of Dust #2)