Peter McLean put a new twist on urban fantasy in the Burned Man trilogy, which followed a hitman in debt to a demon who wound up hunting them down in an effort to save the world—and his soul. Now that the series has wrapped, we’re excited to see what’s coming next from this up-and-coming author, and we won’t have to wait too long: this Fall, Ace will release his next book, Priest of Bones, the first installment of The War for the Rose Throne, a grimdark fantasy epic about a crime boss who returns from fighting a war to discover someone has stolen his businesses out from under him. Revenge, naturally, ensues.
Today we’re showing off the cover art for the first book, available October 2. Design in by Berkley’s Katie Anderson. Check it out below the official summary.
It’s a dangerous thing, to choose the lesser of two evils.
The war is over, and army priest Tomas Piety finally heads home with Lieutenant Bloody Anne at his side. When he arrives in the Stink, Tomas finds that his empire of crime has been stolen from him while at war. With his gang of Pious Men, Tomas will do whatever it takes to reclaim his businesses. But when he finds himself dragged into a web of political intrigue once again, and is forced to work in secret for the sinister Queen’s Men, everything gets more complicated.
When loyalties stretch to the breaking point and violence only leads to violence, when people have run out of food, and hope, and places to hide, do not be surprised if they have also run out of mercy. As the Pious Men fight shadowy foreign infiltrators in the backstreet taverns and gambling dens of Tomas’s old life it becomes clear; the war is not over.
It is only just beginning.