Thursday, 2 July 2020

Nick Martell

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The Mercenary King Series | Biblio. & Rights Info
The Kingdom of Liars (forthcoming from Saga in 2019)
Untitled #2 (under contract to Saga)
Untitled #3 (under contract to Saga)


For The Legacy of the Mercenary King


Martell’s taut, clever debut tells of rebellion and regicide in a world where the use of magic comes at the cost of one’s memories…This smart, briskly told high fantasy entertains all the way until the unexpected end.”

Publishers Weekly

An obvious strength of this novel is Martell’s worldbuilding prowess as well as his utilization of magic, which is subtle but powerful…An impressive fantasy debut that creates a solid foundation for (hopefully) a much larger narrative to come.”


Martell’s portrayal of his protagonist’s growth, from a cocksure chancer to a mature adult sobered by his discoveries, is just as impressive as the twisty plot.”

The Guardian

Nick Martell is poised to become a promising and inspiring powerhouse in the fantasy genre.”

The Bibliosanctum

THE KINGDOM OF LIARS is an enthralling debut that melded intriguing mysteries, shocking revelations, costly magic, and deeply strong familial themes into its narrative.”

Novel Notions

THE KINGDOM OF LIARS is a pretty impressive debut release. It’s an exciting, action-focused fantasy thriller with intriguing mystery elements included.”

Grimdark Magazine

“An ingenious and stunning debut fantasy novel. A magic system with harsh consequences, and intriguing array of characters, and world-building that begs for its own stand-alone novel make this a must-read.

FanFi Addict

“…interesting worldbuilding, engaging plot, unusual characters. THE KINGDOM OF LIARS is an impressive debut.

SFF World

THE KINGDOM OF LIARS is a tale of family, loyalty and leaving a legacy that none shall forget. This is certainly a book that you won’t be able to put down, and will linger with you long after you’ve read the last page.”

The Fantasy Hive

A fast-moving first-person story of magic, danger and skulduggery.”


It’s an epic fantasy series, full of magic, politics, and the quest for the truth.”

Word of the Nerd

Martell does a good job of blending politics and mysteries into the plot…a good fantasy debut.”

Little Book Owl

Brilliant fantasy debut.”

Noel Lives

“[A] brilliant, dazzling novel…The writing, the dialogue, everything is on point.”

Al-Alhambra Book Reviews

A superb fantasy debut.”

Adeel Reads and Reviews

“A symphony of loyalty, greed, family, and betrayal set in an innovative culture!”

—Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Tempests and Slaughter

“An excellent fantasy debut, with engaging worldbuilding and a good mix between action and character.  I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, and look forward to following Nick’s sure-to-be lengthy writing career.”

—Brandon Sanderson
Bestselling author of Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive, and The Skyward Series

“With a smartly plotted story, great world-building, flawed but fascinating characters and plenty of mystery, The Kingdom of Liars is a terrific debut.”

—James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was Lost (The Licanius Trilogy)

“A richly rewarding fantasy that seethes with mysteries, fuzed with a mindscrew of a magic system. This, dear readers, is the good stuff.”

—Jeremy Szal, author of Stormblood

“A roaringly good romp full of intrigue and mystery. Marvellous fun.”

—Edward Cox, author of The Song of the Sycamore



1. THE KINGDOM OF LIARS (forthcoming from Saga in 2019)

  • Czech rights (#1) to Euromedia
  • German rights (#1-3) to Blanvalet
  • Polish rights (#1-3) to MAG
  • UK rights (#1-3) to Gollancz
  • Interviewed by Tau Kappa Epsilon (pg. 8)