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The Garden of Empire

A sweeping fantasy epic full of magic, secrets and war
  • Author
    • J.T. Greathouse
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  • Published: May 18 2023
  • Pages: 480
  • 198 x 130mm
  • ISBN: 9781473232938

Foolish Cur, once named Wen Alder, finds that his allies in the rebellion might cross any line if it means freedom from the Empire. But he can't overcome a foe as strong as Emperor Tenet alone.


Koro Ha, Foolish Cur's former tutor, discovers the Empire is not so forgiving of those who raise a traitor. And their suspicion may cost him and his people more than he can imagine.


As war against the Empire rages, Foolish Cur knows there is a greater threat. The emperor plans his own coup against the gods, and they will wreak destruction if he tries. To stop him, Foolish Cur might have to risk everything - and resort to ancient magics that could tear the world apart.

This is perfect for fans of Robin Hobb and Shelley Parker-Chan.

Readers can't get enough of The Garden of Empire:

'This book is a complete package of beautiful prose, well written characters, well explained magic with good battle scenes and immersive world-building' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'A gripping, riveting, highly entertaining, well plotted, and well told story. A page turner that kept me hooked. A story which is epic and intimate and the same time. Loved it, loved it, loved it' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'The plot was amazing. It kept me engaging and there was not even a small moment throughout the book when I didn't enjoy it. It had a huge twist in the story that I didn't see coming. The themes of rebellion, war and its consequences, leadership, betrayals, family, friendship, duties, power are employed very well' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'We are treated to rich characterization, vivid description, a believable lush world, amazing magic, and wrenching moral conflicts' Goodreads review, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'A thrilling sequel to The Hand of the Sun King. The magic system is still one of the most unique I've read' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'Magic in this series feels like a magic of an old style. While I love some of the more mechanistic descriptions of magic in some modern books, I love the way magic is more of an art than a science' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'This focus on wider, ancient powers is elegant and vividly described, the increasing complexity was cleverly integrated and really opens the plot up to something that I think, come the third book, could be utterly shattering' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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Press Reviews

  • Under the Rader SFF Books
    There were several scenes which left me in complete shock while the slow build up kept me sweating like a tea kettle waiting to scream . . . Wild twists and shocking revelations will leave you begging for the finale
  • Fantasy Book Nerd
    J.T. Greathouse writes fantastically rich and complex characters . . . the prose remains both rich and elegant. The plot is masterfully executed . . . The Garden of Empire is simply an absolutely amazing piece of fantasy fiction
  • The Quill to Live
    Some lines took my breath away or sent shivers up and down my spine because of the delivery. I adored it immensely
  • The Bibliophile Chronicles
    An incredibly fascinating fantasy tale, with a few twists I definitely did not see coming
  • Grimdark Magazine
    Superb and on par with the finest moments I've read in SFF so far this year . . . I'm all-in for the final novel in this series
  • Al Alhambra Book Reviews
    The characters are the strongest point in this book, and J.T does a brilliant job of showcasing these characters. Honestly, it's a great sequel, and I really recommend it!
  • SFF World
    A worthy read for those who like their fantasy epic. I think it is one of the best fantasy series I have read
  • The Fantasy Hive
    Broader in scope, seeped in electrifying magic and topped with a heart stopping finale, this is a sequel not to be missed
  • FanFiAddict
    The Garden of Empire is a great novel, it's quite the novel indeed . . . I really recommend it!
  • The Reading Notions
    This book is a complete package of beautiful prose, well written characters , well explained magic with good battle scenes and immersive world-building