Nick Martell

Nick Martell was born in Guelph, Ontario, where he lived for 7 years before moving to Huntington, New York. After elementary school, Nick went on to attend Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School. Nick started writing in 5th grade, beginning to explore the world that would fully emerge in The Kingdom of Liars.

After graduating from Long Island Lutheran High School, Nick attended Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. While attending, Nick was a Head Resident for Residence Life, a member of the Executive Board for a Fraternity and Inter-Fraternity Council, spent a semester abroad in France, and was a breaststroker for the varsity men’s swim team after joining the team as a walk-on his freshman year. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in French.

Since then, Nick has done a wide range of jobs that had nothing to do with his major in university from a Quality Insurance Tester for an engineering company in New York City to a volunteer on an organic farm in Ireland.

The Kingdom of Liars is his debut novel.

Find Nick on his website, or follow him on Twitter @MacMartell.


  • The Legacy of the Mercenary King
    The Kingdom of Liars (#1)
    Nick Martell
    The Legacy of the Mercenary King
    The Two-Faced Queen (#2)
    Nick Martell


The Legacy of the Mercenary King

The Kingdom of Liars (#1)
“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

Awards & Accolades

The Legacy of the Mercenary King

The Kingdom of Liars (#1)