The Emperor’s Knife


Author: Mazarkis Williams

Title: The Emperor’s Knife

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Publication Date: 2011

Number of Pages: 346

Geographical Setting: Nooria

Time Period: n/a

Plot Summary: Many, many characters come together in the name of the Cerani kingdom – a kingdom that means something different to everyone. In the time of a plague where the sick are marked with patterns before they are turned into zombie like creatures, the Emperor is in dire need of an heir. The Emperor’s brothers have all been put to death by the Assassin (who wields the Emperor’s Knife) to prevent them from fighting one another for power over the kingdom. Only one brother, Prince Sarmin, was saved. Locked up and forgotten in the Castle, Sarmin now might be the only chance for an heir to the throne. The Vizier Tuvaini and the Emperor’s mother have other plans for the throne.Series: First book of the Tower and Knife Trilogy

Subject Headings: Plague – Fiction, Conspiracies – Fiction.

Appeal: leisurely paced, darker, multiple points of view, detailed, political, complex, world-building, character-driven, exotic, mathematical, violent, multiple plot lines

3 Appeal Terms that Best Describe the Book: dark, multiple plot lines, character-driven

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors: Pattern Theory: From Representation to Inference (Oxford Studies in Modern European Culture) by Ulf Grenander (The Emperor’s Knife relies heavily on the use and finding of patterns, the Pattern is the disease in the book), The Assassin Legends: Myths of the Isma’ilis by Farhad Daftary (This book is about the history and myths of Assassins in the Middle East centuries ago), The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time by John Kelly (This book is about the Black Plague in 1347, medieval setting similar to Emperor’s Knife by the medieval setting and an unstoppable plague).

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors: The Runelords by David Farland (both write world-building novels about Kingdoms and Rulers), Hunter’s Run by George R.R. Martin (both write fantasy about rulers and assassins, this book includes violence, flashbacks and being hunted by an overseer like Emperor’s Knife), Rhapsody by Elizabeth Haydon (both write world-building stories about assassins and magic).
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