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Summary

From acclaimed historical novelist Conn Iggulden, Empire of Salt is an epic new fantasy series of spellbinding imagination.

Twelve families. One throne. Welcome to the Empire of Salt.

The city of Darien stands at the weary end of a golden age. Twelve families keep order with soldiers and artefacts, spies and memories, clinging to a peace that shifts and crumbles. The people of the city endure what they cannot change. Here, amongst old feuds, a plot is hatched to kill a king.

It will summon strangers to the city - Elias Post, a hunter; Tellius, an old swordsman banished from his home; Arthur, a boy who cannot speak; Daw Threefold, a chancer and gambler; Vic Deeds, who feels no guilt; and Nancy, a girl whose talent might be the undoing of them all. As the sun sets, their arrival inside the walls will spark a series of explosive events. Before the sun returns, six destinies will have been made - and lost - in Darien.

©2017 Penguin AudioBooks (P)2017 C. F. Iggulden

Critic reviews

"A master storyteller." ( Sunday Express)
"Iggulden is in a class of his own." ( Daily Mirror)
"One of our finest historical novelists." ( Daily Express)

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Great Expectations Partly Met!

I'm a big fan of Conn Iggulden's work. He brings history to life with diligent research and his great quality writing coupled with impressive visualization infuses colour and detail. So when I heard that he was to write a novel in one of my other favourite genres I was naturally delighted. Even more so when I read that a quality narrator like Daniel Weyman was at the microphone.

I have to say that what then unfolds isn't at all bad. There are interesting characters and a detailed enough world, though we never seem to get the kind of background on either that you might expect from Iggulden's work. The story moves along at a fair pace and there is action that Weyman does breathe life into.

Unfortunately I never quite felt that the characters quite made it all the way from two to three dimensional persona and the lighter-hearted humour that the author aimed for didn't quite work for me. The chemistry wasn't quite right particularly where female characters were involved and the magical powers that some possessed seemed a little too convenient to the plot and simplistic in design.

So, one of my favourite authors bravely tries something new and fair play to him but in the crowded fantasy genre this one doesn't stand out.

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nice idea - though the story seems short

it is a good idea, nice setting, characters, etc. not an awful lot happens though.
i have read all of his books, this is the first im a little disappointed with

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conn iggulden

took a while to warm up, but once i finished i was looking for the next installment.

CIgg still not reached the heights of tbe mongal series....

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A good starting point for the series

lots of little stories introducing various characters which I presume will feature in the future. I look forward to the next book.

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excellent performance of an amazing book

another amazing book from Conn Iggulden with a brilliant narration by Daniel Weyman who really brings all of the characters to life

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narrated by a child

i have been a huge fan of Conn Iggulden for years but as with the rest of his recent work it has dropped off a cliff. cannot believe this is the same author who gave the conquerer and war of the roses classics. i notice his publishers have kept quiet about his career direction change into poor qualty fantasy. should have been front and centre. gutted we have lost a great writer. the fact he has an awful child sounding single monotone narrator hasnt helped. starting to feel like i should be asking for my money back.

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Riveting and exciting

This book was thoroughly riveting from start to finish.

I’m a big fan of Conn Iggulden and Daniel Weyman does a great job on the narration. I loved the way all the different characters inter weave

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Fab!

Thoroughly enjoyed this, the voice added to it as well, great story, great ending, strong characters

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Original Fantasy, Great Story!

Conn has written the almost impossible story, an original fantasy with some great ideas and themes, also with an anything could happen next vibe. Well worth a listen.

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Absolutely brilliant experience

Brilliant characters, intriguing concepts, enthralling story, excellent writing and performance. There's little else that needs to be said.

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  • Sebastien
  • 13-10-17

A perfect book for fans of Game of Thrones

A skillfully told tale of magic and intrigue. Darien is a corrupt city living under the iron grip of twelve wealthy houses. But when three strangers with unusual abilities find themselves caught up in a conspiracy to take control of the city, they're forced to choose whether to stand by the devil they know or risk one who might be much, much worse.

Darien is a terrific novel from an expert storyteller and the narration by Daniel Weyman is stellar. The combination of the two makes this one of my favourite audiobooks of the year.

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  • Lyndon Skjaveland
  • 26-07-17

interesting

liked it alot .... it was hard to follow at first. looking forward to book 2