Empire of Dust Series (Books 1-2)
Author: Anna Smith Spark
The Court of Broken Knives (Empire of Dust book 1)
It is the richest empire the world has ever known, and it is also doomed–but only one man can see it.Haunted by prophetic dreams, Orhan has hired a company of soldiers to cross the desert to reach the capital city. Once they enter the palace, they have one mission: kill the emperor, then all those who remain. Only from the ashes can a new empire be built.The company is a group of good, ordinary soldiers for whom this is a mission like any other. But the strange boy Marith who walks among them is no ordinary soldier. Though he is young, ambitious, and impossibly charming, something dark hides in Marith’s past–and in his blood.
The Tower of Loving and Dying (Empire of Dust book 2)
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.