Steel Crow Saga

Steel Crow Saga Cover
Cover art for Steel Crow Saga by Chun Lo.
Steel Crow Saga Cover (UK edition)
Cover art for UK edition of Steel Crow Saga by Rachael Lancaster.

Steel Crow Saga

by Paul Krueger

First published September 24, 2019 by Random House Worlds

ISBN 9780593128220 (hardcover); 9781984800893 (paperback)
ISBN 9781473229006 (UK hardcover); 9781473229020 (UK paperback)
ISBN 9780593128237 (ebook); 9780593148761 (audiobook)

Four destinies collide in a unique fantasy world of war and wonders, where empire is won with enchanted steel and magical animal companions fight alongside their masters in battle.


A soldier with a curse
Tala lost her family to the empress’s army and has spent her life avenging them in battle. But the empress’s crimes don’t haunt her half as much as the crimes Tala has committed against the laws of magic . . . and against her own flesh and blood.

A prince with a debt
Jimuro has inherited the ashes of an empire. Now that the revolution has brought down his kingdom, he must depend on Tala to bring him home safe. But it was his army who murdered her family. Now Tala will be his redemption—or his downfall.

A detective with a grudge
Xiulan is an eccentric, pipe-smoking detective who can solve any mystery—but the biggest mystery of all is her true identity. She’s a princess in disguise, and she plans to secure her throne by presenting her father with the ultimate prize: the world’s most wanted prince.

A thief with a broken heart
Lee is a small-time criminal who lives by only one law: Leave them before they leave you. But when Princess Xiulan asks her to be her partner in crime—and offers her a magical animal companion as a reward—she can’t say no, and she soon finds she doesn’t want to leave the princess behind.

This band of rogues and royals should all be enemies, but they unite for a common purpose: to defeat an unstoppable killer who defies the laws of magic. In this battle, they will forge unexpected bonds of friendship and love that will change their lives—and begin to change the world.

Book description courtesy of Barnes & Noble.


Lee & Xiulan by Yoshi Yoshitani
Art of Lee (standing) and Xiulan (seated) commissioned from Yoshi Yoshitani.
Steel Crow Saga characters by Grace Fong
Art of Steel Crow Saga characters by Grace Fong.

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Press & Interviews

  • Interview With an Author: Paul Krueger

    by Daryl Maxwell
    December 26, 2019 on the Los Angeles Public Library blog

  • Highlights from Paul Krueger’s r/Books AMA

    by Stubby the Rocket
    September 27, 2019 on

  • AMA: I’m fantasy author Paul Krueger, writer of STEEL CROW SAGA. Though mighty and fearsome, I am also just. Ask me anything!

    by Paul Krueger
    September 25, 2019 on r/books

  • Gollancz nets two ‘astonishing’ fantasy novels from Krueger

    by Mark Chandler
    August 9, 2019 on The Bookseller

  • Paul Krueger, in conversation with S. Jae-Jones, discusses and signs Steel Crow Saga

    by Vroman’s Bookstore
    September 30, 2019

Featured Reviews

  • Steel Crow Saga Decolonizes Epic Fantasy with Style

    by S. Qiouyi Lu for the Barnes & Noble blog
    September 23, 2019

  • A Framework for Decolonizing Speculative Fiction: Beneath the Rising and Steel Crow Saga

    by S. Qiouyi Lu on
    March 10, 2020

    Literary analysis drawing from Steel Crow Saga and Beneath the Rising by Premee Mohamed.

  • Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger

    by HiuGregg of The Fantasy Inn
    September 17, 2019

  • Book Review: Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger

    by Ana Grilo of The Book Smugglers
    September 27, 2019

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