The Garden of Empire

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781473232914

Price: £20

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The bold sequel to The Hand of the Sun King, where one man’s magic and choices could change the fate of the world.


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.

The sequel to the spectacular The Hand of the Sun King, filled to the brim with magic and the cruel consequences of war. This is perfect for fans of Robin Hobb and Shelley Parker-Chan.

Readers love The Garden of Empire:

A thrilling sequel to The Hand of the Sun King. The magic system is still one of the most unique I’ve read and I really enjoyed reading about all of the magic/abilities it produces’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Garden of Empire is beautifully written, the prose engaging and vivid without losing itself in dramatics’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

‘The story is developed with a wonderful complexity, and as always the prose is luscious. J.T. Greathouse is one of the most effective prose artists that I’ve read in SFF in a long time‘ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

‘Where The Hand Of The Sun King was one of my favorite fantasy debuts in years. The Garden Of Empire is one of the best fantasy books I’ve read’ 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 ad the same time. Loved it, loved it, loved it‘ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

‘I absolutely loved this book! It’s even better than the first one in my opinion. The character growth is fantastic. I loved following them as they learned new magic‘ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


Broader in scope, seeped in electrifying magic and topped with a heart stopping finale, this is a sequel not to be missed
The Fantasy Hive
Some lines took my breath away or sent shivers up and down my spine because of the delivery. I adored it immensely
The Quill to Live
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
Fantasy Book Nerd
This book is a complete package of beautiful prose, well written characters , well explained magic with good battle scenes and immersive world-building
The Reading Notions
The Garden of Empire is a great novel, it's quite the novel indeed . . . I really recommend it!
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
Under the Rader SFF Books
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!
Al Alhambra Book Reviews
An incredibly fascinating fantasy tale, with a few twists I definitely did not see coming
The Bibliophile Chronicles
A worthy read for those who like their fantasy epic. I think it is one of the best fantasy series I have read
SFF World
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
Grimdark Magazine