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Publisher's 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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A great fantasy audio

I loved this! I am a big Iggulden fan & have read most his historical fiction so was excited to read this. It definitely met expectations! It was a great story with multiple POV which worked really well together. I didn't know who to support in the battle for the control of Darien with all the twists & turns! Great characters & a fantastic storyline.

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Loved this book.

Different to his other books but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story pulled me in and kept me wanting more.

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Fantastic fantasy that moves along at a good pace.

Great story and characters. Very interesting with a few twists that have left me eager for the next book

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OMGosh

This Listen/Read is just amazing once i started i was hooked, i could not put it down, really easy to listen. Story is brilliant and looking forward for more!!

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loved it

well worth a read. Different from other conn iggulden books being a fantasy novel not his usual historic novels but still very good.

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  • Sebastien
  • 13-10-2017

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
  • 26-07-2017

interesting

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

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  • Simon
  • 13-07-2017

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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  • Karen and Stephen Ross
  • 17-02-2020

No Thank you

Brought this book. Started it. Realised its for young adults. Im not a young adults wish it had been made clear in the description.

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  • Warren leath
  • 07-02-2018

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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  • Robert
  • 09-08-2017

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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  • Mr C
  • 31-12-2020

I loved it

this is the second time I have listened to this book, the first was borrowed through a library. I enjoyed it enough to want to own it you should too if you like a fast paced fantasy story. I look forward to the next in the series.

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  • lee
  • 25-10-2020

Brilliant

I was highly cynical that Mr Iggulden could have the skills to achieve anything that came close to the Wolf of the Plains, Lord of the Bow etc. This book was fabulous. At the time of writing this review I have almost 800 titles in my library. My main genre is historical fiction followed closely by fantasy. Whilst, I have many individual books or full series not many make it too my hall of fame. This means that they are read many times over during the weeks or months of ownership. This book is just one of those gems we occasionally find and relish. It is a kin to Herald of the Storm and if memory serves me correctly the Shattered Crown by something Ford. Sadly, whilst these 2 books are fantastic its been many years since the author has concluded this potential trilogy. What does these books have to do with this book? Well, you would need to read them to understand but, from the first you are gripped with the characters, their personalities, the environments too the clothing. Exactly, it is so textured you almost feel you are a fly on the wall. It has a great pace suffice I had to finish it within 24 hours. C F Iggulden has created a master piece beyond any doubt but he has been fortunate to bring this great work to life with the choice of narrator. You will know that a narrator can make a book or break it. In this instance you will not be disappinted at all so I say this to the narrator your skill and choice of character voices is superb. Suffice having submitted this review I will be down loading the next book in the series. Gentleman for what it is worth you both have provided me and others that will undoubtedly stand the test of time and in spite of the many great works out there in my mind this is on a par with AAngus Watson Age of Iron series. Joe Abbercromby First Law series, Chae Ford Dragon’s Bain Series, I’ll not bore you with the other great works that have listened too frequently. The important detail is that to me this and those others have the perfect texture notwithstanding, the perfect narration invest and you in all reality surely couldn’t be disappointed?

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  • Dustydogg
  • 17-03-2020

Good once gets going.

Like Terry Pratchett's Ankh Morpork, only for grown ups. Good mix of sword, sorcery, AND guns.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-2020

another thumbs up for conn!

starts slow and theres alot of characters to get used to but the end is brilliant. narrator is really good and tells the story well.

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  • stephen e dolby
  • 18-01-2020

Brilliant

Brilliant book once again from Conn one of the best in my opinion well worth a read

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  • Maddocks
  • 17-01-2020

Enjoyable Read

Lee I love Conn Igguldens books. Him Wolf of the plain series is excellent. This book doesn’t disappoint and is equally as good. I would Howes recommend the wolf of the plain if you have to choose between the two.

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