Tor #FearlessWomen Blog Tour: City of Lies by Sam Hawke

Today, I’m excited to share two posts for #FearlessWomen titles. The first is an excerpt from City of Lies by Sam Hawke, which releases today. I love this sound of this one (treachery and assassins!) and am really looking forward to reading it!

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Women are shining in every genre of speculative fiction, and it is no longer enough to say “Women are here.” Instead, #FearlessWomen everywhere are taking a stand to say “Women will thrive here.”

Highlighting major titles from bestselling authors V.E. Schwab, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jacqueline Carey as well as titles from acclaimed and debut authors such as Mary Robinette Kowal, Tessa Gratton, Sam Hawke, and Robyn Bennis, #FearlessWomen will be a coordinated social media celebration encouraging fans to start a dialogue about women in publishing, their worlds, their voices, and their unique stories.

Tor Books’ handles across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@torbooks) will be using the hashtags #FearlessWomen (and #FearlessFantasy and #FearlessSF) to promote excerpts, exclusive content, quizzes and giveaways beginning in May. There will also be exclusive giveaways at BookCon, San Diego Comic-Con, and New York Comic Con. Follow Tor Books online, join the conversation – and get reading!

About the Book

City of Lies (Poison Wars, #1) by Sam Hawke
Also by this author: City of Lies
Published by Tor Books on July 3, 2018
Pages: 512

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Poison. Treachery. Ancient spirits. Sieges. The Poison Wars begin now, with City of Lies, a fabulous epic fantasy debut by Sam Hawke

I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me…

Outwardly, Jovan is the lifelong friend of the Chancellor’s charming, irresponsible Heir. Quiet. Forgettable. In secret, he’s a master of poisons and chemicals, trained to protect the Chancellor’s family from treachery. When the Chancellor succumbs to an unknown poison and an army lays siege to the city, Jovan and his sister Kalina must protect the Heir and save their city-state.

But treachery lurks in every corner, and the ancient spirits of the land are rising…and angry.

Exclusive Excerpt:

“Hello?” I called out. The gardens I passed by were sad things, overgrown with weeds and strewn with the hollow shells of rotten vegetables. I could no longer hear the women I’d originally followed. I walked down the alleyways, my footfalls intrusive in the silence. The buildings all looked much the same, with a single door on the ground floor, a window barred and oil-papered, and a frighteningly narrow stone staircase leading up the outside of the building to the upper floors. Clothing, laid out to dry in the sun, draped the iron balustrade of the equally narrow second-story landing of the nearest house.


And opposite, in a tiny alcove, a Darfri shrine.


They were common enough, especially around festival times: usually a small stack of rocks, clusters of herbs and flowers, artfully arranged, to which believers sometimes brought their young ones for blessings, or to wish someone good tidings. They were harmless little things, decorative and unobtrusive.


This one had been smashed, the rocks scattered and faded greenery flattened. The intense smell of old urine assaulted my nose. Uneasy, I backed away. “Is anyone here?” I called out again and bumped into the gate of the garden behind me. I tried knocking on the door of the house, but it swung open on its rickety hinges at my touch. “Hello?” Something felt wrong about the house; the silence, the stillness. . . . It was too intense. I stepped inside.




Poorly lit though the room was, it was obvious no one would answer. Cupboards lining the walls gaped like sad, empty mouths, and a blanket of dust and grit covered most of the surfaces, broken only by scattered foot tracks. On the back wall, someone had painted a single word: traitor.

About the Sam Hawke

A black belt in jujitsu, Sam Hawke lives with her husband and children in Australia. CITY OF LIES is her first novel.





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