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Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 | Posted by John ONeill

For the Killing of Kings Andrew Jones

Howard Andrew Jones upcoming novel For the Killing of Kings is the finest thing he has ever written — and considering his previous books include the modern fantasy classics The Desert of Souls and The Bones of the Old Ones, that’s saying a great deal. It is the opening volume The Ring-Sworn Trilogy, and one of the major fantasy releases of the year. I had a chance to blurb the hardcover release from St. Martin’s Press, and did so enthusiastically. Here’s what I said:

For The Killing of Kings is a white knuckle murder mystery brilliantly set in a Zelazny-esque fantasy landscape. It has everything ― enchanted blades, magic rings, edge-of-your seat sword fights, Game of Thrones-scale battles, ancient legends… It is the finest fantasy novel I have read in years.

The excerpt features one of my favorite scenes, as Kyrkenall and Elenai approach a strange tower and find it defended by a mysterious ring of obelisks… and something far more sinister. Read the complete chapter here.

If you find yourself captivated by the excerpt, you won’t have long to wait. For the Killing of Kings will be published by St. Martin’s Press in three weeks, on February 19, 2019. It is 368 pages, priced at $26.99 in hardcover and $13.99 in digital formats. The cover artist is uncredited. In addition to the exclusive excerpt, you can also read the first chapter at the Macmillan website here, and keep up with the latest news at Howard’s website here.


  1. Next on my TBR pile!

    Comment by Rich Horton - January 29, 2019 9:14 am

  2. Awesome! Let us know what you think!

    Comment by John ONeill - January 29, 2019 11:38 am

  3. That’s a badass excerpt!

    Comment by deuce - January 29, 2019 1:41 pm

  4. Definitely going onto my list.

    Comment by Joe H. - January 29, 2019 6:15 pm

  5. whoa awesome, i had no clue. i will read anything that brought me the Magicians Skull!

    Comment by silentdante - January 30, 2019 4:44 am

  6. can’t edit comment, sorry, meant to say will read anything by the guy that brought me the Magicians Skull.

    Comment by silentdante - January 30, 2019 4:47 am

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