Talus and the Frozen King

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Meet Talus – the world’s first detective.

A dead warrior king frozen in winter ice. Six grieving sons, each with his own reason to kill. Two weary travellers caught up in a web of suspicion and deceit.

Meet Talus – the world’s first detective.

A dead warrior king frozen in winter ice. Six grieving sons, each with his own reason to kill. Two...

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Overview

Meet Talus – the world’s first detective.

A dead warrior king frozen in winter ice. Six grieving sons, each with his own reason to kill. Two weary travellers caught up in a web of suspicion and deceit.

Meet Talus – the world’s first detective.

A dead warrior king frozen in winter ice. Six grieving sons, each with his own reason to kill. Two weary travellers caught up in a web of suspicion and deceit.
In a distant time long before our own, wandering bard Talus and his companion Bran journey to the island realm of Creyak, where the king has been murdered. From clues scattered among the island’s mysterious barrows and stone circles, they begin their search for his killer. But do the answers lie in this world or the next?
Nobody is above suspicion, from the king’s heir to the tribal shaman, from the servant woman steeped in herb-lore to the visiting warlord whose unexpected arrival throws the whole tribe into confusion. And when death strikes again, Talus and Bran realise nothing is what it seems.
Creyak is place of secrets and spirits, mystery and myth. It will take a clever man indeed to unravel the truth. The kind of man this ancient world has not seen before.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/02/2013
Wandering Talus and his doughty companion, Bran, find themselves at the center of a regicidal mystery in a prehistoric settlement whose pleasant facade conceals undercurrents of oppression and misery. King Hashath believes Creyak to be the perfect place: peaceful and aloof from the world. Hashath’s heavy-handed rule over the isolated village, and particularly over his six sons, provokes his murder, which Talus offers to solve. The bard’s methodical observation and leisurely ratiocination are powerful tools, but they require time, which is in short supply as more murders are committed. Although flavored with fantasy elements, this work resembles nothing so much as a certain consulting detective and his physician amanuensis transported back to the Neolithic. Similarly, Creyak recalls the isolated country estates of a thousand cozy mysteries. A close cousin to the writings of Conan Doyle, Christie, and Marsh, the story plays fairly with its readers, revealing clues and insights as Talus and Bran become aware of them. Mystery fans who find the conceits amusing will look forward to Talus’s future investigations. (Feb.)
Publisher’s Weekly
A close cousin to the writings of Conan Doyle, Christie, and Marsh… Mystery fans will look forward to Talus’s future investigations.
British Fantasy Society
A+ Great fun, well worth it … extremely well done and very enjoyable. Putting Sherlock Holmes and Watson into the Stone Age worked for me!
Crime Fiction Lover
This book is an unexpected delight, a detective story in a setting like no other, and I recommend it unreservedly.
Adventures In Sci-Fi Publishing
Talus and the Frozen King is the ideal book for mysteries lovers who want a classic murder scenario in a new setting. It’s not a rehash or a reimagining of old ideas, but one that makes use of the genre’s tropes to the best of Graham Edwards’ abilities and that makes it a worthy read.
Drunken Dragon Reviews
It all makes for a pretty fast, intense mystery as shadows thicken, nothing is as it seems and men start to die all around. Combined with an ending I didn’t expect from a mystery novel that stokes the fires of my inner geek, is it a wonder I only have good things to say about this book? Highly recommended, and definitely on the shortlist for best books I’ve read this year.
Bibliosanctum
There aren't a lot of books like this out there, that's for sure. While there's a strong element of fantasy in this one, at it's heart it really is a variety of your good old detective story. The prehistoric ice age setting garners huge points from me, and like I mentioned, so does our protagonist being an eccentric bard. I think both mystery and fantasy readers alike will feel right at home with this one. A very entertaining and fast read.
Bookonaut
I think what Edwards has tried to do is ambitious, how do you create a Holmesian character in a world where philosophy, science and logic are still in their infancy. How do you create the world’s first detective without it feeling like it’s Holmes and Watson in bear fur. I think the answer lies in exceptional world and character building.
Publisher’s Weekly
A close cousin to the writings of Conan Doyle, Christie, and Marsh… Mystery fans will look forward to Talus’s future investigations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781081990
  • Publisher: Solaris
  • Publication date: 3/25/2014
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,435,248
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Edwards was born in England near Glastonbury Tor and now lives in Nottingham (not such a big leap from King Arthur to Robin Hood). His formative years were spent on the UK’s Jurassic Coast making disturbing movies on Super-8 film. Since then he’s worked as a graphic designer and animator. He’s also written and produced multimedia shows for theme parks and visitor centres.

Graham’s first novel Dragoncharm was inspired by Watership Down – if Richard Adams could write an epic adventure about rabbits, why not do the same for dragons? His later novels include Stone & Sky, in which he explored the dizzying heights of a world-sized wall, travelled in time and played with fairies.

There’s short fiction in the form of The String City Mysteries, a series of ebooks about a detective working in a town where the dimensions are really messed-up. Graham’s also ghostwritten several books in collaboration with book packagers Working Partners.

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