about the book


Welcome to the world of “No Place for Heroes,” a captivating dark fantasy novel that promises an exhilarating expedition through the dingy alleys of Horner and the independent state of Seaport

Penned by the skilled writer Justin Harnick, this novel tells the story of the Known World that is ruled by the aristocratic royal families of the three main empires: the Veramount Empire, the Deverine Empire, and the Cumberland Empire. The uncanny abilities of the desirables, with their supernatural powers, have granted them the power to rule, exploit, and subjugate the rest of the undesirables in the Known World. The story takes off as characters, each with their own motivations, quests for vengeance, and predicaments, cross paths unexpectedly.

“No Place for Heroes” is a dark fantasy book that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Its complex characters, intricate plot, and vivid world-building make it one of the best dark fantasy books out there.

Whether you’re a connoisseur of revenge book literature or a fervent admirer of grand battles and high fantasy, there is something in this novel that is sure to capture your heart.

The book has all the elements that constitute a great story: a well-crafted world, intriguing characters, and a plot full of twists and turns. The author’s writing style is fascinating, and the pacing of the story is just right, keeping the reader hooked until the very end. The characters in this exciting dark fantasy book, “No Place for Heroes,” are complex and multi-dimensional, each with their own unique personality and backstory.

Nick Shamus is a liar, a thief, and a cheat who has spent his entire life scraping by in the slums of Horner. But everything changes when he discovers he has enchanting abilities that make him a wanted man. As Nick struggles to navigate his newfound powers, he must face the consequences of his past actions and decide what kind of hero he wants to be.

Ester Rayther is a mercenary who has had a string of bad luck lately. With her father’s death, Ester turns to Brotherhood of Arms to find a home and a possible family, and to also get the job that she should be inheriting. What she does find, although, is rejection and humiliation in a world that is run by men. However, when she meets the mysterious Berend Finch, she embarks on a dangerous journey to uncover a twenty-year-old conspiracy that could be the death of her.

Weston Fairchild has spent the last two decades drowning his sorrows in alcohol after his wife and child were killed by King Antony. But when he is asked to lead an army to rebel against the king, he finally sees an opportunity to get the revenge he has been craving. As Weston rallies his troops and prepares for battle, he must confront his demons and decide if he will pay the ultimate price for his revenge.

Samuel Guidry is a highly clever and visionary pupil at the University of Horner who questions the norms of the Known World and has a deep desire to leave a lasting impact on society and be remembered for generations to come.

However, his integrity and uprightness are challenged to their limits when he meets Princess Catalina Woller, who, using her supernatural powers, forces him into initially a liaison and then a one-sided relationship through torture. Samuel complies and endures the humiliation at the hands of the Woller family, unaware that his perseverance might eventually, one day, lead to ultimate glory.


Harnick’s dark fantasy book creates an incredibly captivating and mysterious fictional world to perfection. The story’s universe is comprised of various lands and cultures, each described with evocative and detailed imagery, from the dark and foreboding forests to the bustling cities, immersing the reader in fully realized settings.

One of the strengths of “No Place for Heroes” is its ability to balance action and character development. The book features thrilling fight scenes and battles, seamlessly woven into the narrative to drive the story forward while adding tension and excitement.

If you’re looking for a gripping and captivating dark fantasy novel, “No Place for Heroes” is perfect. “No Place for Heroes” is a must-read for dark fantasy and adventure fans. Its well-crafted world, intriguing characters, and a fast-paced plot make it a standout in the genre. Whether you are a seasoned fantasy reader or just seeking a new adventure, this book is sure to captivate you from beginning to end.