Title: The Censor’s Hand (Book One of the Thrice-Crossed Swords Trilogy)
Author: A. M. Steiner
Version: ARC (eBook)
Page Count: 502
Publisher: Ptolemy Publishing UK
Notable Notables: Strong world-building, thought-provoking
Recommended Readers: Fans of high fantasy, philosophy
I downloaded a copy of this book from NetGalley a few months after the publication date. It’s technically an ARC, just not an “advanced from the author/publisher” one. Regardless, the review that follows is my honest and true opinion.
The Censor’s Hand is the first book of the Thrice-Crossed Swords trilogy, an adult fantasy that veers towards the philosophical. I chose it because it’s a little different from what I usually read, but it still sounded promising.
In this fictional world, magic is harnessed via masters of the Honorable Company of Cunning and sold to whoever can afford it, their headquarters located on the island of the Convergence. After a censor, a guardian of justice, is discovered murdered there, a discreet investigation is launched to find the true culprit.