The Kingdom of Liars (#1)

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In this brilliant debut fantasy, a story of secrets, rebellion, and murder are shattering the Hollows, where magic costs memory to use, and only the son of the kingdom’s despised traitor holds the truth. 

Michael is branded a traitor as a child because of the murder of the king’s nine-year-old son, by his father David Kingman. Ten years later on Michael lives a hardscrabble life, with his sister Gwen, performing crimes with his friends against minor royals in a weak attempt at striking back at the world that rejects him and his family.

In a world where memory is the coin that pays for magic, Michael knows something is there in the hot white emptiness of his mind. So when the opportunity arrives to get folded back into court, via the most politically dangerous member of the kingdom’s royal council, Michael takes it, desperate to find a way back to his past. He discovers a royal family that is spiraling into a self-serving dictatorship as gun-wielding rebels clash against magically trained militia.

What the truth holds is a set of shocking revelations that will completely change the Hollows, if Michael and his friends and family can survive long enough to see it.


“An excellent fantasy debut, with engaging worldbuilding and a good mix between action and character. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, and look forward to following Nick’s sure-to-be lengthy writing career.”

Brandon Sanderson, Bestselling author of Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive, and The Skyward Series

“An obvious strength of this novel is Martell’s worldbuilding prowess as well as his utilization of magic, which is subtle but powerful […] An impressive fantasy debut that creates a solid foundation for (hopefully) a much larger narrative to come.”


“[A] taut, clever debut [...] This smart, briskly told high fantasy entertains all the way until the unexpected end.”

Publishers Weekly

"Intriguing and fascinating."

“For all the right reasons, THE KINGDOM OF LIARS resonated with Scott Lynch’s Gentlemen Bastards sequence, Joe Abercrombie’s First Law, and Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn novels, from the world, Domet, and the magic respectively […] an immensely absorbing fantasy debut.“

SFF World

“THE KINGDOM OF LIARS is a tale of family, loyalty and leaving a legacy that none shall forget. This is certainly a book that you won’t be able to put down, and will linger with you long after you’ve read the last page.”

The Fantasy Hive

“This is what Game of Thrones would look like, if it had a sense of an moral compass and heroism.”

Al-Alhambra Rook Reviews

“Martell’s portrayal of his protagonist’s growth, from a cocksure chancer to a mature adult sobered by his discoveries, is just as impressive as the twisty plot.”

The Guardian

“THE KINGDOM OF LIARS is a pretty impressive debut release [...] an exciting, action-focused fantasy thriller with intriguing mystery elements included too [...] Martell is an author whose career I’ll be watching.”

Grimdark Magazine

“An enthralling debut that melded intriguing mysteries, shocking revelations, costly magic, and deeply strong familial theme into its narrative.”

Novel Notions

“An ingenious and stunning debut fantasy novel. A magic system with harsh consequences, and intriguing array of characters, and world-building that begs for its own stand-alone novel make this a must-read.“

FanFi Addict

“A symphony of loyalty, greed, family, and betrayal set in an innovative culture!”

Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Tempests and Slaughter

“A richly rewarding fantasy that seethes with mysteries, fuzed with a mindscrew of a magic system. This, dear readers, is the good stuff.”

Jeremy Szal, author of Stormblood