More info The first novel of the new series of epic fantasy «The Empire of Salt» by the Briton Conn Yggulden — a recognized master of the historical novel! The golden age of the city of Darien ends. The Twelve Families hold on to power with the help of mercenary swords, arcane artifacts, secret guards and bitter memories of past glory. Ruling Families cling to a world that has already changed. Here, in the midst of ancient enmity, a conspiracy is brewing and an attempt on the king’s life is being prepared. Tellius, the exile and swordsmen, the hunter Elias Post, the dumb golem Arthur, the criminal Trifold and Nancy, whose talent could destroy them all, arrive in the city. Events begin to develop, destinies intertwine and not everyone will be able to leave the walls of Darien alive. The Salt Empire respects only sharp blades and black magic! Abstract Everyone strives to achieve their goals in Darien, the city of the ancient Salt Empire. Elias Post, a hunter with the gift of foresight, wants to find a cure for the plague and save two surviving daughters. Adventurer and freelance marksman Deeds lures Elias into the army camp in order to get a good jackpot from his superior general. Thief Trifold dreams of getting into a white tomb, lost in the black desert. Only Nancy, who longs to avenge her father’s death, will help him to print the protective magic of the tomb. Well, to the old man Tellius — the master of martial arts — another student, the boy-golem Arthur, is nailed. The news of the invulnerable Arthur quickly reaches the royal ears, and the boy becomes a favorite at court. Tellius is left with nothing, but he is not going to surrender, however, like the rest of the heroes, and meanwhile the army of General Justan is approaching the city. It looks like now the battle cannot be avoided!