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

"[THE KINGDOM OF LIARS] is for fans of epic fantasy who’re looking for a new spin on magic and a whole helping of mystery."

Fanfi Addict

"THE KINGDOM OF LIARS is an incredible, compelling, and deeply exciting novel."

The Unseen Library

“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

“Nick Martell is poised to become a promising and inspiring powerhouse in the fantasy genre.”

The Bibliosanctum

“A fast-moving first-person story of magic, danger and skulduggery.”


“It’s an epic fantasy series, full of magic, politics, and the quest for the truth.”

Word of the Nerd

“Extremely impressive … one of my favourite books of the entire year."

The Unseen Library

“Martell does a good job of blending politics and mysteries into the plot […] a good fantasy debut.”

Little Book Owl

“Brilliant fantasy debut.”

Noel Lives

"A full cast brings a fantasy epic to life, replete with sound effects and music. Michael has been branded a traitor for the sins of his father and finds himself struggling to survive in the Hollows, a land where the price for using magic is memories. Every character is given a unique and lively voice. The story races forward, and twists are punctuated with sound effects, all scored with a subtle soundtrack. Action sequences unfold like a movie, with dramatic moments being given special attention. Michael's story becomes an explosive performance that's remarkably different from other versions of the story. This is ideal for newcomers and series fans alike."

Audio File Magazine (Proclaiming Martell as winner of the Earphones Award)

“A superb fantasy debut.”

Adeel Reads and Reviews

“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

“A roaringly good romp full of intrigue and mystery. Marvellous fun.”

Edward Cox, author of The Song of the Sycamore

“With a smartly plotted story, great world-building, flawed but fascinating characters and plenty of mystery, THE KINGDOM OF LIARS is a terrific debut.”

James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was Lost, author of The Licanius Trilogy

The Two-Faced Queen (#2)
"Powered by an impressively large cast of well-developed characters, immersive worldbuilding, a multitapestried narrative that adeptly weaves together numerous storylines, and an abundance of jaw-dropping plot twists, this novel also works on a more sublime, symbolic level...Simply put, this series is a masterclass in grand-scale storytelling. The future of epic fantasy is here—and this saga is it."

Kirkus, Starred Review

"A solid book from a solid writer."

The Farewell Scene

"THE TWO-FACED QUEEN delivers everything an awesome sequel should, far surpassing the first while expanding on the world in surprising and often gut-wrenching ways. Make sure it's on your radars!"

Jeremy Szal, author of Stormblood

Awards & Accolades

The Legacy of the Mercenary King

The Kingdom of Liars (#1)