'A book that beats you emotionally senseless, A Woman of the Sword is an intense experience delivered in the way only Anna Smith Spark delivers fiction. It’s grimdark at its finest.

It hurts to read at times, is unputdownable at others. 

This is Anna Smith Spark at her heart-wrenching, mythic-feeling, storytelling best, and just completely unmissable.'

Grimdark Magazine

All men long to see dragons. 

Dream of wonders. 

Hope deep down 

in the depths of their souls

to see wonders 


and burn

and die. 

'Just magnificent ... Easily the most unique voice in fantasy'

Grimdark Magazine

'Dazzling. Howls like early Moorcock, converses like the best of Le Guin'

Daily Mail

'Game of Literary Thrones'

Sunday Times

'A masterwork of dark fantasy'

Nightmarish Conjurings

'Weaves a spell that will consume you'

Barnes and Noble

'Stunning ... Epic'

Starburst Magazine

'Immense depth and breadth ... the best voice in the genre'

Three Crows Magazine


Publishers Weekly (starred review)