Talus and the Frozen King

Released 26 March 2014

By Graham Edwards

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3000 BC: A dead warrior king frozen in winter ice. Six grieving sons, each with his own reason to kill. Two weary travellers caught up in a web of suspicion and deceit. Meet Talus – the Bronze Age Detective!

Even at the dawn of society, murder is an ancient habit. But Talus is the first man who understands that the identity of an unknown killer can be found, if you can start asking the right questions.

 Neither historical fantasy nor crime fiction has ever seen anything like Talus before – a wandering bard who, with his companion Bran, journey to the island realm of Creyak, where the king has been murdered. From clues scattered among the island’s mysterious barrows and stone circles, they begin their search for his killer.

Nobody is above suspicion, from the king’s heir to the tribal shaman, from the woman steeped in herb-lore to the visiting warlord. And when death strikes again, it will take a clever man indeed to unravel the truth. The kind of man this ancient world has not seen before.

Edwards brings a unique character to the world of crime fiction while blending myth, legend, and fantasy into a rich tapestry about a bright light amidst humanity’s darkest dawn.

“A close cousin to the writings of Conan Doyle, Christie, and Marsh... Mystery fans will look forward to Talus’s future investigations.”
-Publisher’s Weekly

UK: 9781781081983 | 10th April 2014
US: 9781781081990 | 26th March 2014


Graham Edwards

Graham Edwards was born in England near Glastonbury Tor and now lives in Nottingham. His formative years were spent on the UK's Jurassic Coast making disturbing movies on Super-8 film. Since then he's worked as a graphic designer and animator. He's also written and produced multimedia shows for theme parks and visitor centres. His novels include Dragoncharm and Stone & Sky.

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Review round-up: Talus and the Frozen King

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We love Graham Edwards' new novel for Solaris, Talus and the Frozen King - and so do the critics! Observe...

"This book is an unexpected delight, a detective story in a setting like no other, and I recommend it unreservedly." - Crime Fiction Lover

"Talus and the Frozen King is the ideal book for mysteries lovers who want a classic murder scenario in a new setting. It’s not a rehash or a reimagining of old ideas, but one that makes use of the genre’s tropes to the best of Graham Edwards’ abilities and that makes it a worthy read." - Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing
"If you like historical fiction and/or interesting mysteries, give this book a try." - Sci-Fi Fan Letter

"...a pretty fast, intense mystery as shadows thicken, nothing is as it seems and men start to die all around. Combined with an ending I didn’t expect from a mystery novel that stokes the fires of my inner geek, is it a wonder I only have good things to say about this book? Highly recommended, and definitely on the shortlist for best books I’ve read this year." - Drunken Dragon Reviews

"A+ Great fun, well worth it … extremely well done and very enjoyable. Putting Sherlock Holmes and Watson into the Stone Age worked for me!" - British Fantasy Society

"There aren't a lot of books like this out there, that's for sure. While there's a strong element of fantasy in this one, at it's heart it really is a variety of your good old detective story. The prehistoric ice age setting garners huge points from me, and like I mentioned, so does our protagonist being an eccentric bard. I think both mystery and fantasy readers alike will feel right at home with this one. A very entertaining and fast read." - Bibilosanctum

“A close cousin to the writings of Conan Doyle, Christie, and Marsh… Mystery fans will look forward to Talus’s future investigations.” - Publisher’s Weekly

"This is a very entertaining book, offering something that hasn't really been done much in the detective genre. Graham Edwards tells an intriguing tale that really gets you turning pages. The setting is fresh, the world is full of mystery, and solving the "case" is not an easy task for our protagonists." - Trash Mutant

"I think what Edwards has tried to do is ambitious, how do you create a Holmesian character in a world where philosophy, science and logic are still in their infancy. How do you create the world’s first detective without it feeling like it’s Holmes and Watson in bear fur. I think the answer lies in exceptional world and character building." - Bookonaut

"Part of what makes a good mystery enjoyable are the characters because frankly, going in, the reader pretty much knows the mystery will be solved when the book is finished. In the case of Talus and the Frozen King, I thought Talus and Bran were both engaging characters who had a deep past that was hinted at from the start, but in the case of Talus, becomes only minimally clear by novel’s end." - SFFWorld