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Five Broken Blades by Mai Corland

Five Broken Blades

by Mai Corland

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Five killers unite for a high-stakes quest to topple an unkillable king in this bloody, exhilarating fantasy adventure.

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  • Illustrated icon, Icon_400

    400+ pages

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_MultipleNarrators

    Multiple viewpoints

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_LGBTQ

    LGBTQ+ themes

  • Illustrated icon, Icons_Series

    First in series


It’s the season for treason…

The king of Yusan must die.

The five most dangerous liars in the land have been mysteriously summoned to work together for a single objective: to kill the god king Joon.

He has it coming. Under his merciless immortal hand, the nobles flourish, while the poor and innocent are imprisoned, ruined…or sold.

And now each of the five blades will come for him. Each has tasted bitterness—from the hired hit man seeking atonement, a lovely assassin who seeks freedom, or even the prince banished for his cruel crimes. None can resist the sweet, icy lure of vengeance.

They can agree on murder.

They can agree on treachery.

But for these five killers—each versed in deception, lies, and betrayal—it’s not enough to forge an alliance. To survive, they’ll have to find a way to trust each other…but only one can take the crown.

Let the best liar win.

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This book contains a scene that depicts the death of a child.

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Five Broken Blades




Gold for blood—that’s my advertisement and the words I live by.

The merchant slowly counts out gold mun, his gloved hands shaking as each coin lands in his palm. He’s a little taller than me, but my shoulders are twice as wide.

“Hurry it up. I don’t got all night,” I say.

My deep voice startles him, and two bronze mun clatter onto the ground. He lets the coins roll away but pauses to consider chasing them down. Ten Hells. This is gonna take two lifetimes.

Finally, he slips the money into my hand, paying for the broken nose and leg. Then he darts away, fur-lined cape flapping in the night breeze. It’s not a noble living, being muscle for hire, but the upper class ain’t great neither.

I count my gold as I lumber between the soot-covered buildings. All there. I put the money in my coin purse and tuck it into my inner jacket pocket. Behind me, my latest victim whimpers in the darkness of the alley. If he keeps up that noise, the hael birds will peck him clean before morning. And the rich merchant prick didn’t pay for a kill.

“Can you stop that racket?” I say.

The whimpering dies down.

“Thank you,” I say. He’s silent—shut up by my manners or his pain.

I think about going back to help. I always think about it. But it’s none of my business. It’s not my problem, what happens after my jobs are done. Or why the merchant wanted to send a message in the first place.

Those are roads that lead nowhere. And I’ve got somewhere to be.

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Why I love it

In a land where the rich flourish at the expense of the poor, we root for the liars, the thieves, and the misunderstood prince. Buckle up and hold onto your coin purses, because Mai Corland’s Five Broken Blades have just been released. And they’re sharp.

A royal spymaster has rallied a deadly band of misfits to execute the heist of the century. Whether they’ll be able to work together to accomplish it is yet to be seen.

After receiving the anonymous summonings, five deadly liars find themselves en route to the capital of Yusan, and to its king. The message is simple: get to the king, take his crown and his head. The catch: they won’t be doing it alone.

A lovely assassin must travel with the cruel nobleman who has inflicted unspeakable pain on her and her sister—but has he? An exiled prince must work with the guard who loved and betrayed him years ago—but did he? A jaded strongman must protect the foolish thief who hires him to get her to the capital—but is she? These characters must eventually join their talents to pull off the greatest act of treason, and trust each other enough to survive it. They are all liars and they are all lying—but who is the traitor?

Five Broken Blades is jam-packed with action, intrigue, and surprises. Pick up this book this month and follow these morally gray and awfully entertaining characters on their journey to behead the king and take the crown.

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