Awarded Book of the Year among other accolades from 16 major media sites including Time, Goodreads, Vogue, & NPR
“A novel of international intrigue and weaponized linguistics,” it's about “as close you can get to the perfect cerebral thriller: searingly smart, ridiculously funny, and fast as hell.”
“Stick and stones break bones. Words kill.
They recruited Emily Ruff from the streets. They said it was because she's good with words. They'll live to regret it.
They said Wil Parke survived something he shouldn't have. But he doesn't remember. Now they're after him and he doesn't know why.
There's a word, they say. A word that kills. And they want it back . . . “
Beloved by a variety of authors the likes of Hugh Howey, NY Times bestselling author of Wool who titled it “A masterpiece!”, Kirkus notes this is “an up-all-night thriller for geeks who want to see their wizards all grown up in the real world and armed to the teeth in a bloody story.”