Daniel Polansky

Daniel Polansky was born in Baltimore. He lived for a time in China before returning to the US, where he began writing the first draft of The Straight Razor Cure which became his first novel and forms the first part of his Low Town series. The Straight Razor Cure has been described as “Tarantino meets Tolkien” but in his own mind Polansky believes it is more "Dan Brown meets the Old Testament".

"I wear my influences pretty heavy on my sleeve, Chandler and Hammett in particular. As far as fantasy goes, Gene Wolfe is a giant, deserved of far more regard than he gets. George RR Martin is probably the only person who ever wrote a good high fantasy book, cruel though it was to strand us mid-series."
Taken from an interview with Polansky, in which he was asked which other fantasy/sci-fi authors influenced him

"I can't remember when I last enjoyed a fantasy book this much" Books Monthly

"Polansky's writing is confident and punchy from the offset. The action rips along at a brilliant pace allowing us to experience this gritty world through the eyes of a thrilling, dangerous, flawed, yet strangely endearing protagonist. This is modern, dark fantasy at its best and a debut to be envied." British Fantasy Society

Daniel Polansky reviews

Straight Razor Cure

Low Town: Book 1 written by Daniel Polansky

Welcome to Low Town. Here, the criminal is king. The streets are filled with the screeching of fish hags, the cries of swindled merchants, the inviting murmurs of working g [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 8.3 | 0 positive reader reviews


Tomorrow the Killing

Low Town: Book 2 written by Daniel Polansky

Once he was a hero of the Great War, and then a member of the dreaded Black House. Now he is the criminal linchpin of Low Town. His name is Warden. He thought he had left t [...]

Published: 2012

Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews


Those Above

The Empty Throne #1 written by Daniel Polansky

They enslaved humanity three thousand years ago. Tall, strong, perfect, superhuman and near immortal they rule from their glittering palaces in the eternal city in the cent [...]

Published: 2015

Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews


Those Below

The Empty Throne #2 written by Daniel Polansky

For centuries beyond counting, humanity has served the Others, god-like Eternals who rule from their cloud-capped mountain-city, building a civilization of unimagined beaut [...]

Published: 2017

Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews