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The Councillor

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The Councillor by E. J. Beaton
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Apr 26, 2022 | ISBN 9780756418335

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Praise for The Councillor

The Councillor is, in a word, sumptuous. E.J. Beaton’s debut is an expertly crafted story of cut-throat politics, courtly intrigue, addiction, sex, and murder, gilded by some of the most eloquent writing I’ve read in a long while.” —Nicholas Eames, David Gemmell Morningstar Award-winning author of Kings of the Wyld

The Councillor is a wonderfully assured debut. A smartly-crafted tale of Machiavellian politics, privilege and power, driven by a fantastically nuanced, flawed protagonist and wrapped in sharp, lyrical prose. There’s a lot to love about The Councillor.” —John Gwynne, author of the Of Blood and Bone series

“A tense intrigue of unknown loyalties, political machinations, and secret magic, The Councillor explores ambition, addiction, and the consequences of power. A powerful and intelligent debut from a writer to watch.” —Sam Hawke, author of City of Lies

“Vivid, intelligent, and intense, The Councillor is a story that begs to be consumed. Beaton skillfully layers poetic prose over intricate political machinations, elemental magic, and the strengths and foibles of the human heart.”—Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter

“E.J. Beaton brings a poet’s eye to politics. Her deft language lays bare the exquisite intimacies of human connection, from the brutal—yet seductive—exercise of power over another, to the moments of tenderness and vulnerability between lovers. An intelligent fantasy of the highest calibre.” —Shelley Parker-Chan, author of She Who Became the Sun

“A sharp and insightful look at power and privilege in a magical world, and what happens when people who’ve historically had neither find themselves in possession of both.” —Anna Stephens, author of the Godblind trilogy

“A gripping tale of intrigue and politics and power, set in a beautifully-drawn world of shifting alliances and morally grey characters. Intelligent, nuanced, and compelling.” —H. G. Parry, author of The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep

The Councillor is elegant, intricate, and utterly engaging! A beautifully written and intelligent debut novel.” —Rowenna Miller, author of the Unraveled Kingdom series

Sharp and scintillating, The Councillor is high-intrigue fantasy with complex politics, fascinating characters, and gorgeous prose. Beaton has crafted an intricate story and executed it with the elegance of a well-placed blade.” —Cass Morris, author of Give Way to Night

“Beaton’s worldbuilding, character evolutions, and morally gray decisions make this story incredibly nuanced and smart. A skilled debut of politics, secrets, and magic that will grab readers from the start.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Emulating Lysande’s approach as a quiet, analytical woman, Beaton’s novel begins by prodding at these newcomers, then thunders to a breathless conclusion as all the strands in this shrewd plot finally come together. A clever start to what’s sure to be an exciting duology.” —ALA Booklist

The Councillor is a smartly-crafted political debut imbued with elemental magic, monsters, chimera, intense tournament, and intrigues.” —Petrik Leo, Novel Notions

The Councillor is an exceptional book…. The world and culture depicted by Beaton is breathtaking as it drew me in and I never wanted to leave.” —The Nerd Daily

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