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The Court of Broken Knives by dejan-delic The Court of Broken Knives by dejan-delic
‘Big as a cart horse. Deep fetid marsh rot snot shit filth green. Traced out in scar tissue like embroidered cloth. Wings black and white and silver, heavy and vicious as blades. The stink of it came choking. Fire and ash. Hot metal. Fear. Joy. Pain. There are dragons in the desert, said the old maps of old empire, and they laughed and said no, no, not that close to great cities, if there were ever dragons there they are gone like the memory of a dream.’

The Court of Broken Knives / Anna Smith Spark


“The Court of Broken Knives”
is written by Anna Smith Spark. It's the first part of "Empire of Dust" trilogy, and it’s one of the few last year debuts which utterly surprised me with its quality and uniqueness. If you want to read something new, something that will give you pure literary pleasure, and still feed your hunger for grimdark fantasy, this book is all of this. And more. Definitely more.
Now, I will not talk much about this unique and outstanding piece of a written art. Let’s just say that the writer Anna have a title of Queen of Grimdark. And it’s bloody well deserved, trust me on that.

 
 

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:iconharkale-linai:
Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018   Digital Artist
I'm definitely adding the book to my "to-read" list, thank you!
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dejan-delic Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
No prob. The book is absolutely amazing, and I'm sure you'll love it. :D
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FantasyRebirth96 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018
Ho? This is really cool! Yeah nice work here! Keep doing more awesome stuff much like this understand? :) 
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dejan-delic Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
:D :thumbsup:
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147CombatMedic Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018
Something to add to my list while I wait for book two of Raven's Mark.  :nod:

Great work!  :w00t:
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dejan-delic Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, so you liked "Blackwing"? What a great book, right? :D
Sure, this one is absolutely amazing too. A bit different writing style than Ed McDonald, but most enjoyable and unique. I'm sure you'll love it ;)

Tnx! :D :ahoy:
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:icon147combatmedic:
147CombatMedic Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018
I enjoyed it quite a bit.  Really looking forward to the next one!  =D
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dejan-delic Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah! "Ravencry" should be released on June 12th this year. Can't bloody wait! :D
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Guilty-10-Games Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
Super epic awesome.
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dejan-delic Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Many tnx mate! :D
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Infinity8th Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Student General Artist
so coooooool
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:icondejan-delic:
dejan-delic Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Why thank you! :D
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
cool
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dejan-delic Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Tnx! :D
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xibalba01 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
THIS!!!! Is goddamn beautiful and awesome at the same time!!! :D
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dejan-delic Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, tnx a lot mate! Appreciate it! :D
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LordPendragonOfCaria Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Gotta love grimdark fantasy :heart:
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:icondejan-delic:
dejan-delic Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Totally. Especially if it is so bloody well written. :D
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:iconlordpendragonofcaria:
LordPendragonOfCaria Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Have you played the "Witcher" games; or read the original novels?
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dejan-delic Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Just read the first two books "Sword of Destiny" and "The Last Wish" when the series was still in a form of short stories.
Last I heard Netflix should be making a tv show based on Sapkowski' books. Now, that should be interesting. :D
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LordPendragonOfCaria Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, ok :D I'd honestly recommend the games. I've played them, but I've yet to read the books. I hope to someday.

Also, yes ^^ I'll be curious to see how that unfolds. Eva Green though would make the perfect Yennefer ;)
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dejan-delic Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Well, tbh, I'm not much of a gamer. But I did saw how it looks, and it's totally amazing. :D
Oh, they are short and fact pacing book. At least those first two I've read.

Yeah, Eva would be great in that role. And, let's say Zach McGowan (Charles Vane from "Black Sails") as a Witcher. It would be such a killer combination! :D
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LordPendragonOfCaria Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I understand ^^ If you ever do truly want to play it, though, I think you’ll like it ;)

Nice ^^

Oh yes :D I’ve seen people suggest McGowan for Geralt. It could definitely work, though I lean more towards Mads Mikkelsen or Richard Armitage ;)
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dejan-delic Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, Mads "Hannibal" Mikkelsen has everything for that role. Richard "Thorin" Armitage could pass easily. Damn, it will be one hell of a casting. :D
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doobbledobble Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hell yeah!!!
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dejan-delic Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
:D :beer: :ahoy:
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doobbledobble Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
How long did this take you??
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:icondejan-delic:
dejan-delic Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Dunno exactly, really. Couple of days, each day for a few hours, with all the pauses in between. ;)
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kiborgalexic Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work!
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dejan-delic Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Tnx mate! Appreciate it! :D
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sias43 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it! Bloodier, darker and better than I imagined! Well done sir.
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dejan-delic Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Why thank you! Especially glad to hear something like that from someone who's actually read the book. :D
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