We’ve had our eye on Alexandra Rowland’s debut fantasy A Conspiracy of Truths ever since Saga Press senior editor Navah Wolfe sold it to us as “a fantasy of fake news,” and gave us a peek at the plot synopsis: “In a bleak, far-northern land, a wandering storyteller is arrested on charges of witchcraft. Though Chant protests his innocence, he is condemned not only as a witch, but a spy. His only chance to save himself rests with the skills he has honed for decades—tell a good story, catch and hold their attention, or die.”
“I fell in love with this book from the first page, got lost in the voice and worldbuilding, and Chant’s stories upon stories,’ Navah said. “This is a book about the power of stories, the power of the right words, to bring down a corrupt government. It is unquestionably the book we need right now—plus, it’s lush and gorgeous and a lot of fun.”
Now that we’ve seen the book’s cover, designed by Nick Sciacca, we’re even more excited to dive into this intricate world, in which stories have life-or-death stakes. Read the full blurb below and then check out a large version of the cover (which Navah promises us will be very shiny in person).
In a bleak, far-northern land, a wandering storyteller is arrested on charges of witchcraft. Though Chant protests his innocence, he is condemned not only as a witch but a spy. His only chance to save himself rests with the skills he has honed for decades: tell a good story, catch and hold their attention, or die.
But the attention he catches is that of the five elected rulers of the country, and Chant finds himself caught in a tangled, corrupt political game, which began long before he ever arrived here. As he’s snatched from one Queen’s grasp to another, he realizes that he could either be a pawn for one of them . . . or a player in his own right. After all, he knows better than anyone how powerful the right story can be. Powerful enough to save a life, certainly. Perhaps even powerful enough to bring a nation to its knees.
Here’s the cover:
And just in case you aren’t sold yet, here’s what Alexandra has to say about the book:
“Sometimes you set out with purpose to write a sweeping epic, or a cozy mystery, or a heartfelt romance. Sometimes you plan. And sometimes, it’s just a wizened old man shuffling into the room in your head, grabbing a chair before he’s even invited to sit and, without ceremony, beginning to grouch about the terrible day he’s having—arrested for witchcraft! Imprisoned! Sentenced to death, jail time, and formal apologies! This is a book about stories with sharp edges. It’s about those blades, and about the hands that wield them: A thief’s dagger, a surgeon’s scalpel, a warrior’s sword… A politician’s tongue. It’s about the magic and the power you can find both in lies and in the right truth, spoken at the right time to the right person. I am thrilled to be setting this book loose on the world, and I hope you will find as much joy in the reading of it as I did in its writing.”