Priest of Gallows (War for the Rose Throne) (Paperback)

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Priest of Gallows (War for the Rose Throne) (Paperback)


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Gangster, soldier, priest. Queen's Man. Governor.

'If you haven't yet picked up this riveting and unique series, I highly recommend you do' Fantasy Book Critic

Tomas Piety has everything he ever wanted. In public he's a wealthy, highly respected businessman, happily married to a beautiful woman and governor of his home city of Ellinburg. In private, he's no longer a gang lord, head of the Pious Men, but one of the Queen's Men, invisible and officially non-existent, working in secret to protect his country.

The queen's sudden death sees him summoned him back to the capital - where he discovers his boss, Dieter Vogel, Provost Marshal of the Queen's Men, is busy tightening his stranglehold on the country.

Just as he once fought for his Pious Men, Tomas must now bend all his wit and hard-won wisdom to protect his queen - even when he can't always tell if he's on the right side.

Tomas has started to ask himself, what is the price of power? And more importantly, is it one he is willing to pay?

'If you like your fantasy with a side of dark and gritty, you won't want to miss this' CHRISTINA HENRY, bestselling author of The Girl in Red on Priest of Lies

Peter McLean was born in London and went to school in the shadow of Norwich Cathedral, where he spent most of his time making up stories. He grew up alternating dingy nightclubs with studying martial arts and practical magic before settling to a career in corporate IT. The noir urban fantasy Burned Man series was followed by the highly acclaimed grimdark fantasy quartet, starting with Priest of Bones,Priest of Lies and Priest of Gallows. The final book about Tomas Piety will be Priest of Crowns.

You will find Peter Mclean on Twitter (@PeteMC66), on Facebook (@PeterMcLeanAuthor) and at his website,

Product Details ISBN: 9781529411317
ISBN-10: 1529411319
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication Date: July 12th, 2022
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: War for the Rose Throne
Stunning. Best book of the year by a spear length and then someANNA SMITH SPARK, author of Empires of Dust, on PRIEST OF GALLOWS

Mclean writes fantasy that feels slick, modern, and pulls few punches. Pacey writing lends subtle weight to the gritty themes explored as The War for the Rose Throne gathers ever more speedED MCDONALD, bestselling author of the RAVEN'S MARK series on on PRIEST OF GALLOWS

A brilliant story . . . that's full of invention, surprise and MacLean's knack for complex, morally grey characters—TRACK OF WORDS on PRIEST OF GALLOWS

If you like your fantasy with a side of dark and gritty, you won't want to miss thisCHRISTINA HENRY, bestselling author of The Girl in Red on PRIEST OF LIES

Utterly unputdownableTRACK OF WORDS on PRIEST OF GALLOWS in 'Best SFF of 2021'



The first two books in this series were a great deal of fun so I had high hopes for book three. I'm glad to report that I was not at all disappointed. I'm beyond pleased to note that we are not quite done with the adventures of Tomas Piety and the rest of the Pious Men yet. Highly recommendedTHE ELOQUENT PAGE on PRIEST OF GALLOWS

An enigma. It manages to be light and dark, clean but dirty, harsh but fair, full of love and equally full of death. It's an awesome story, one that grabs you from the first line and doesn't let go until the finale when it slams you to the groundFANTASY HIVE on PRIEST OF LIES

The politics of The Godfather meets the grit of Gangs of New York . . . a dark, dirty, foul-mouthed triumph of grimdark gangster heist novels. If Locke Lamora (Scott Lynch) had a bigger, uglier, more violent brother, his name would be Tomas Piety. Amid the violence and the stink of the Ellinburg, though, there's camaraderie and trust, concern for the wellbeing of the poor and a rusty sort of honour among thievesANNA STEPHENS, bestselling author of the Godblind trilogy, on PRIEST OF BONES

Priest of Lies is pretty damn exceptional . . . the ending is stunning . . . an author who is on top of his gameGRIMDARK MAGAZINE on PRIEST OF LIES

A hell of a good time, and serves up a damn fine cliffhangerFANTASY BOOK REVIEW

Clever storytelling and beautifully immersive prose. Priest of Liesdigs deeper and hits harder, getting darker by the chapter, with astonishing surprises around each and every corner. I'm really looking forward to seeing what blood-soaked mischief Tomas gets into next. If you haven't yet picked up this riveting and unique series, I highly recommend you doFANTASY BOOK CRITIC on PRIEST OF LIES

Managing to be exciting, narratively taut and a commentary on the terrible things war and violence do to people is no mean feat, but Peter McLean manages it with Priest of Bones. I wish I had written this

R.J. BARKER, bestselling author of Blood of Assassins, on PRIEST OF BONES

Let me just tell you that Peter McLean knows how to fucking write!PARSECS AND PARCHMENT

This is the best entry into the series yet and I couldn't put it downFANFIADDICT

I can't remember the last time I read such a consistently good series as The War for the Rose Throne. Characterization in these books is phenomenalGEEK DAD

A powerful and moving urban fantasy that I found myself completely immersed inMUSE’S BOOK JOURNAL