The Hod King

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What to expect

THE THIRD NOVEL IN THE HIGHLY ACCLAIMED BOOKS OF BABEL SERIES, SET IN A LABYRINTHINE WORLD OF MENACE AND WONDER.

‘It is not merely a 5* book, it’s a masterpiece’ Mark Lawrence

‘A vibrant, wholly original, and expertly crafted novel that transcends genre fantasy. It is an instant literary classic’ Fantasy Book Review

Thomas Senlin and his crew have been separated following the orders of the mysterious Sphinx. Meanwhile, the enslaved hods climb the Black Trail and whisper secrets in the dark. As Senlin and his crew are dragged ever further into the Tower’s conspiracies, everything falls to one question: who is the Hod King?

Praise for the series:

‘Josiah Bancroft is a magician. His books are that rare alchemy: gracefully written, deliriously imaginative, action-packed, warm, witty and thought-provoking’ Madeline Miller, author of Circe

‘I’m wildly in love with this book’Pierce Brown, author of Red Rising

‘Brilliant’ – Publishers Weekly

‘I loved it’Django Wexler, author of The Thousand Names

‘A universe of stars out of five’ Superstar Drifter

‘These books are absolutely incredible’ – The Quill to Live

‘Spectacular . . . fabulously gripping’ BookBag

‘An impressive display of imagination and humour‘ – SciFiNow

‘An engrossing, intoxicating delight’ – Forbidden Planet

Critics Review

  • Josiah Bancroft is a magician. His books are that rare alchemy: gracefully written, deliriously imaginative, action-packed, warm, witty and thought-provoking. I can’t wait for more

    Madeline Miller, author of CIRCE
  • It is not merely a 5* book, it’s a masterpiece . . . readers will be talking about these books long after much of what currently keeps them company on the shelves is forgotten . . . I was thrilled by the story, wildly jealous of the writing, and am now very keen to read the final book

    Mark Lawrence
  • The Hod King is a vibrant, wholly original, and expertly crafted novel that transcends genre fantasy. It is an instant literary classic

    FANTASY BOOK REVIEW
  • Just as phenomenally written as its two predecessors . . . this one gets 6/5 stars, because 5 stars are not enough for the amount that I loved it. A universe of stars out of five!

    SUPERSTAR DRIFTER
  • Spectacular . . . Once again Josiah has produced something that belongs in the very top echelons of the fantasy genre

    FANTASY HIVE
  • Like its predecessor it is a brilliant piece of work . . . these two books are genius. I just love them. The story, characters and imagination shine

    Mark Lawrence on ARM OF THE SPHINX

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