Encyclopedia of Fairies in World Folklore and Mythology by Theresa Bane. McFarland, $75.00, 428pp, tp, 9780786471119. Non-fiction.
Fairies have been revered and feared, sometimes simultaneously, throughout recorded history. This encyclopedia of concise entries, from the A-senee-ki-wakw of northeastern North America to the Zips of Central America and Mexico, includes more than 2,500 individual beings and species of fairy and nature spirits from a wide range of mythologies and religions from all over the globe.
The Power of Storytelling: The Art of Influential Communication by Ty Bennett. Sound Concepts, $19.95, 162pp, tp, 9781936631087. Self Help/Business.
The Power of Storytelling is for anyone involved in speaking, selling, leading or teaching. This book is the first of its kind — a deep-dive, step-by-step guide to influential communication. As Ty breaks down the mindset, the skillset and the toolset of storytelling — you will learn both the science and the art of how to create, craft and deliver the stories that will engage, persuade and move your audience to take action.
Ghosts Know by Ramsey Campbell. Tor, $25.99, 288pp, hc, 9780765336330. Horror.
Reality and fantasy blur in a kaleidoscope of terror….
This October, Tor Books is proud to publish Ghosts Know, the latest novel by master of horror, Ramsey Campbell. Ghosts Know is a fascinating exploration of the twists and turns of reality-media personalities, the line between the dead and the living… and how the truth can be twisted to serve all manner of reality.
Graham Wilde is a contentious, bombastic host of the talk radio program Wilde Card. His job, as he sees it, is to stir the pot, and he is quite good at it, provoking many a heated call with his eccentric and often irrational audience. He invites Frank Jasper, a purported psychic, to come on the program. He firmly believes that the man is a charlatan, albeit a talented one. When Jasper appears on his show, Wilde draws upon personal knowledge about the man to embarrass him on air, using patter similar to that which Jasper utilizes in his act.
Wilde’s attack on Jasper earns him the enmity of his guest and some of the members of his audience. He next encounters Jasper when the psychic is hired by the family of a missing adolescent girl to help them find her. Wilde is stunned and then horrified when Jasper seems to suggest that he might be behind the girl’s disappearance. Thus begins a nightmarish journey as circumstantial evidence against Wilde begins to mount, alienating his listeners, the radio station, and eventually, his lover.
Told in Campbell’s famously smooth prose, Ghosts Know will pull the reader into a spiral of deceptive proportions. True horror fans will need no encouragement to pick up Campbell’s latest, and any readers looking for a skillfully crafted and well-wrought tale need only check the author’s credentials.
1920: America’s Great War by Robert Conroy. Baen, $25.00, 368pp, hc, 9781451639315. Alternate history. On-sale date: 3 December 2013.
By the author of breakout WW II era alternate history Himmler’s War and Rising Sun, a compelling alternate history thriller. After winning WW I, Germany invades America in 1920, marching through California and Texas as a desperate nation resists.
Consider another 1920: Imperial Germany has become the most powerful nation in the world. In 1914, she had crushed England, France, and Russia in a war that was short but entirely devastating.
By 1920, Kaiser Wilhelm II is looking for new lands to devour. The United States is fast becoming an economic super-power and the only nation that can conceivably threaten Germany. The U.S. is militarily inept, however, and is led by a sick and delusional president who wanted to avoid war at any price. Thus, Germany is able to ship a huge army to Mexico to support a puppet government.
Her real goal: the invasion and permanent conquest of California and Texas.
America desperately resists as the mightiest and most brutal army in the world in a battle fought on land, at sea, and in the air as enemy armies savagely marched up on California, and move north towards a second Battle of the Alamo. Only the indomitable spirit of freedom can answer the Kaiser’s challenge.
The Diamond Deep by Brenda Cooper. (Book Two of Ruby’s Song), Pyr, $18.00, 441pp, 9781616148553. Science fiction.
What if a woman as strong and as complex as Eva Peron began her life as a robot repair assistant threatened by a powerful peacekeeping force that wants to take all she has from her?
The discover ship, Creative Fire, is on its way home from a multigenerational journey. But home is nothing like the crew expected. They have been gone for generations, and the system they return to is home to technologies and riches beyond their wildest dreams. But they are immediately oppressed and relegated to the lowest status imaginable, barely able to interact with the technologies and people of the star station where they dock, the Diamond Deep.
Ruby Martin and her partner, Joel North, must find a way to learn what they need to know and to become more than they have ever been if they are to find a way to save their people.
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner. Delacorte, $18.99, 336pp, hc, 9780385741392. YA sf.
Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, is pleased to announce the publication of James Dashner’s The Eye of Minds, the first book in his new Mortality Doctrine series. Best known for his New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, which has sold 2.4 million copies in all formats, Dashner has created another thrilling adventure for readers, this time entering into the world of gaming and what happens when the line between what is virtual and what is real becomes blurred.
Michael enjoys spending the majority of time plugged into the VirtNet, a virtual world where anything seems possible. You can experience adventure without getting hurt, hang out with your friends, and enjoy life as you might not be able to in reality. But when a cyber-terrorist infiltrates the VirtNet, his actions begin to have deadly results in the real world. The government wants to catch the evil hacker before more deaths occur, and they have set their sights on Michael to help them nab their suspect. Soon Michael and his friends find themselves entering the darkest corners of the virtual world, and trying to escape the horrifying creatures and events that will try to prevent them from locating this dangerous killer. And it will be a game like no other….
The Waking Engine by David Edison. Tor, $25.99, 400pp, hc, 9780765334862. Science fiction. On-sale date: 11 February 2014.
Tor Books is pleased to announce this stunning and richly imaginative debut by a major new talent — The Waking Engine by David Edison. The City Unspoken, beautiful, mysterious, and evocative, is full of the stuff that dreams and nightmares are made of as travelers weary of the worlds they’ve lived in seek the gateway to a final and True Death.
Those who die merely awake as themselves on one of a million worlds, where they are fated to live until they die again, and wake up somewhere new. All are born only once, but die many times… until they come at last to the City Unspoken, where the gateway to True Death can be found.
Wayfarers and pilgrims are drawn to the City, which is home to murderous aristocrats, disguised gods and goddesses, a sadistic faerie princess, immortal prostitutes and queens, a captive angel, gangs of feral Death Boys and Charnel Girls… and one very confused New Yorker.
Late of Manhattan, Cooper finds himself in a City that is not what it once was. The gateway to True Death is failing, so that the City is becoming overrun by the Dying, who clot its byzantine streets and alleys… and a spreading madness threatens to engulf the entire metaverse.
Inhuman by Kat Falls. Scholastic, $17.99, 380pp, hc, 9780545370998. YA thriller.
In her first novel for young adults, acclaimed author and screenwriter Kat Falls weaves an imaginative tale of action, political intrigue, and simmering romance in Inhuman.
In the wake of a devastating biological disaster, the United States has abandoned east of the Mississippi River. Now called the Feral Zone, crossing from west to east is forbidden — the entire area is off-limits due to the virus that turned millions of people into blood thirsty savages. Sixteen-year-old Lane is happy on the western side of the wall isolating her comfortable life from the Feral Zone. But when Lane learsn that her father is a Fetch — someone who illegally enters the Feral Zone to retrieve artifacts or provide humanitarian relief — and is stuck on the Eastern side of the wall, she is desperate to save him and has no choice but to follow and complete a severely dangerous fetch herself. But she’s not alone. In order to complete her objective, Lane strikes a deal with handsome, roguish Rafe — a young man raised in the Feral Zone. But though Rafe doesn’t exhibit any signs of “manimal” mutation, he’s hardly civilized… and he may not be trustworthy. Completely unprepared for what she finds in the ruins of civilization east of the wall, Lane’s humanity may prove her greatest strength or a fatal weakness.
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. William Morrow, $17.99, 700pp, tp, 9780062200587. Fiction.
Joe Hill, the acclaimed, award-winning author of New York Times bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns, plunges you into the dark side of the imagination with a thrilling novel of supernatural suspense…
Victoria “Vic” McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn’t tell anyone about her unusual ability.
Charles Talent Manx has a gift of his own. He likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2. In the Wraith, he and his innocent guests can slip out of the everyday world to an astonishing playground of amusements he calls Christmasland. Mile by mile, the journey across the highway of Charlie’s twisted imagination transforms his precious passengers, leaving them as terrifying and unstoppable as their benefactor.
And then comes the day when Vic goes looking for trouble… and finds her way, inevitably, to Charlie. Now the only kid ever to escape Charlie’s twisted imagination is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx hasn’t stopped thinking about Vic McQueen. On the road again, he won’t slow down until he’s taken his revenge….
Darkbeast Rebellion by Morgan Keyes. McElderry, $16.99, 342pp, hc, 9781442442085. YA Fantasy.
Keara, her friend Goran, and the wily old actor, Taggart, are fleeing for their lives. They have all spared their darkbeasts, the creatures that take on their darker deeds and emotions and lift their spirits. But their actions defy the law, which dictates that all citizens must kill their darkbeasts on their twelfth birthdays.
There are rumors of safe havens, groups of people called Darkers who spared their darkbeasts and live outside the law. To find the Darkers, the trio must embark on a dangerous journey — and evade the Inquisitors who are searching for them everywhere. In the middle of winter, freezing and exhausted, Keara and her companions are taken to an underground encampment that seems the answer to all their hopes. But are these Darkers really what they appear to be?
Super Born: Seduction of Being by Keith Kornell. Harper Landmark, $16.00, 334pp, tp, 9780982645246. Fantasy.
Batman wouldn’t last a day in my world, thought the B.I.B. bitterly feeling the strain that newly manifested superpowers had brought to the life of the 33-year-old “normal” single mother. Gone was her known controllable existence, quietly raising her daughter and making ends meet. Gone were the simple days of drinking, dancing, and partying with her friends. Being “real” and being a superhero made for a unique combination. Sometimes it was a real bitch.
Super Born: Seduction of Being, a fabulous new sci-fi, fantasy novel by Keith Kornell follows a single mom in Scranton, PA, who suddenly develops superpowers and the journalist who discovers her heroic, high-flying antics. Follow her as she struggles to balance her superpowers with her duties as a single mom, questions and ethically the immensity of her new found skills, and wrestles with whether or not to keep them a secret from her daughter. All while dealing with those who wish to abuse her powers.
Swords of Good Men by Snorri Kristjansson. (The Valhalla Saga, Book 1), Quercus/Jo Fletcher, $24.95, 304pp, hc, 9781623650742. Fantasy. On-sale date: 7 January 2014.
Growing up in a household of Icelandic academics, early on Snorri Kristjansson developed a passion for local legend and lore. In his debut novel, Swords of Good Men has crafted a raucous and gripping fantasy adventure set in Viking Norway, where plundering and pillaging are a way of life and creature comforts rarely exceed a mug of sour mead.
Swords of Good Men features a memorable cast of original characters and is driven by non-stop action and a clever sense of humor. Kristjansson deftly and elegantly weaves Norse mythology and history with a hint of magic in a novel that offers not only a good dose of bloody Viking feuding, but intrigue and romance. Swords of Good Men will arrive in the new year, right on the heels of Quercus’s exciting fall expansion into the US, which will include the North American launch of more than forty Quercus titles.
About the book: To weary Viking Ulfar Thormodsson, the town of Stenvik is the penultimate stop on what has been a long and perilous journey. It has been particularly challenging for Thormodsson, who has been charged with protecting the life of his high-born cousin. Having travelled the world for two years, all he wants is to go home — but Stenvik awaits.
After coming ashore, Thormodsson meets the beautiful and tragic Lilja, who immediately captures his heart. Stenvik is also home to solitary blacksmith Audun Arngrimsson, whose past hides many dark secrets. Soon, the conflict brewing between two factions of dangerous and determined men of the town threatens to sweep all of them, natives and visitors alike, into the jaws of war.
As the Vikings learn, King Olav is marching on Stenvik from the east, determined to bring the White Christ to the masses at the point of his sword — even as a host of bloodthirsty raiders led by a mysterious woman sails from the north. Thormodsson and his companions will soon learn that in this conflict between the Old Gods and the new, there are enemies everywhere — outside the walls of Stenvik as well as within.
The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch. Del Rey, $28.00, 658pp, hc, 9780553804690. Fantasy.
Acclaimed author Scott Lynch continues to astound and entertain with his thrillingly inventive, wickedly funny, suspense-filled adventures featuring con artist extraordinaire Locke Lamora. And The Republic of Thieves is his most captivating novel yet.
With what should have been the greatest heist of their career gone spectacularly sour, Locke and his trusted partner, Jean, have barely escaped with their lives. Or at least Jean has. But Locke is slowly succumbing to a deadly poison that no alchemist or physiker can cure. Yet just as the end is near, a mysterious Bondsmage offers Locke an opportunity that will either save him or finish him off once and for all.
Magi political elections are imminent, and the factions are in need of a pawn. If Locke agrees to play the role, sorcery will be used to purge the venom from his body — though the process will be so excruciating he may well wish for death. Locke is opposed, but two factors cause his will to crumble: Jean’s imploring — and the Bondsmage’s mention of a woman from Locke’s past: Sabetha. She is the love of his life, his equal in skill and wit, and now, his greatest rival.
Locke was smitten with Sabetha from his first glimpse of her as a young fellow orphan and thief-in-training. But after a tumultuous courtship, Sabetha broke away. Now they will reunite in yet another clash of wills. For faced with his one and only match in both love and trickery, Locke must choose whether to fight Sabetha — or to woo her. It is a decision on which both their lives may depend.
The Dead Run by Adam Mansbach. Harper Voyager, $25.99, 2988pp, hc, 9780062199652. Supernatural thriller.
Adam Mansbach, #1 New York Times bestseller of the pop culture phenomenon Go the Fuck to Sleep and this winter’s critically acclaimed revenge novel Rage is Back, uses his “real talent, maybe crazy talent” (New York Times Book Review) to prove himself the master of all literary media as he turns to the world of genre. Manbach couples raw, evocative language and imagery with fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat plotting to create The Dead Run, a terrifying supernatural thriller set in the US/Mexican borderlands.
El Cucuy is real.
Not just the boogeyman mothers warn their children about, El Cucuy was a man transformed after a gruesome act of violence into a ruthless, sinister being. His power has waned, though, over many years, and he desperately seeks to restore it through his son. In order to do this, a righteous messenger must carry a horrific package across the desert, a place filled with the not-quite-dead bodies of the missing girls.
Cucuy chooses Jesse Galvan, a man unjustly imprisoned in Mexico, for the deadly task, and Jesse accepts this devil’s bargain in hopes of being allowed to reunite with his estranged daughter. He must struggle through the desert across the border with an escort of fellow prisoners, half determined to protect him, half determined to murder him, while dodging vicious otherworldly threats. The farther he goes into the desert the more the contents of the package begin to change him in unimaginable ways.
Shrry Richards, only recently free from a maniacal cult run by an enthralling madman, finds herself once again in the leader’s clutches. But escaping a second time is the easy part. Now she must make her own dangerous journey through the desert, and coming out alive seems less likely by the hour.
Police chief Bob Nichols runs a two-bit station with few resources at his disposal. When he learns of Sherry’s kidnapping, he and psychologist Ruth Cantwell embark on a desperate mission to retrieve the young girl before she becomes another one of the sacrifices in Cucuy’s quest for power.
As girls go missing on both sides of the border, these three lives intertwine through the evil will of El Cucuy. Under Mansbach’s expert pen, The Dead Run delivers what Library Journal calls “a wild high-speed ride across centuries and cultures, over water and sand” that will keep readers terrified and captivated until the very last page.
Old Mars edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois. Bantam, $28.00, 492pp, hc, 9780345537270. Science fiction anthology.
Burroughs’s A Princess of Mars. Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles. Heinlein’s Red Planet. These and so many more inspired generations of readers with a sense that science fiction’s greatest wonders did not necessarily lie far in the future or light-years across the galaxy but were to be found right now on a nearby world tantalizingly similar to our own — a red planet that burned like an ember in our night sky… and in our imaginations.
This new anthology of fifteen all-original stories by science fiction’s top talents, collected by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R.R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois, celebrates the Golden Age of Science Fiction, an era filled with tales of interplanetary colonization and derring-do. Before the advent of powerful telescopes and space probes, our solar system could be imagined as teeming with strange life-forms and ancient civilizations — by no means always friendly to the dominant species of Earth. And of all the planets orbiting that G-glass star we call the Sun, none was so steeped in an aura of romantic decadence, thrilling mystery, and gung-ho adventure as Mars.
Join such seminal contributors as Michael Moorcock, Mike Resnick, Joe R. Lansdale, S.M. Stirling, Mary Rosenblum, Ian McDonald, Liz Williams, James S.A. Corey, and others in this brilliant retro anthology that turns its back on the cold, all-but-airless Mars of the Marinoer probes and instead embraces an older, more welcoming, more exotic Mars: a planet of ancient canals cutting through red deserts studdede with the ruined cities of dying races.
Featuring all-new stories by James S.A. Corey, Phillis Eisenstein, Matthew Hughes, Joe R. Lansdale, David D. Levine, Ian McDonald, Michael Moorcock, Mike Resnick, Chris Roberson, Mary Rosenblum, Melinda Snodgrass, Allen M. Steele, S.M. Stirling, Howard Waldrop, Liz Williams, and an introduction by George R.R. Martin.
Robert Asprin’s Dragons Run by Jody Lynn Nye. Ace, $16.00, 304pp, tp, 9780425256978. Fantasy.
In New York Times bestselling author Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye’s newest Big Easy dragon tale, Robert Asprin’s Dragons Run, Griffen McCanles is about to give the forces of evil a run for their money.
Griffen already has his hands full running his gambling operation in New Orleans and dealing with his dragon heritage. Now his pregnant sister, Valerie, is missing — possibly kidnapped — and his uncle, Malcolm McCandles, has flown into town for a mysterious meeting with a powerful man who’s been dead for almost eight decades.
But, Griffen certainly doesn’t have the time to protect Councilwoman Penny Dunbar, a dragon who’s running for governor of Louisiana — if malign forces don’t take her out first. Griffen learned a long time ago to play the hand fate has dealt him, but with many lives at stake — including Val’s unborn dragon — he’s hoping for an ace in the hole.
The Doctor and the Dinosaurs: A Weird West Tale by Mike Resnick. Pyr, $18.00, 289pp, tp, 9781616148614. Fantasy. On-sale date: 10 December 2013.
The time is April 1885. Doc Holliday lies in bed in a sanitarium in Leadville, Colorado, expecting never to leave his room ever again. But the medicine man and great chief Geronimo needs him for one last adventure. Renegade Comanche medicine men object to the newly-signed treaty with Theodore Roosevelt. They are venting their displeasure on two white men who are desecrating tribal territory in Wyoming. Geronimo must protect the men or renege on his agreement with Roosevelt. He offers Doc one year of restored health in exchange for taking on this mission.
Welcome to the birth of American paleontology, spearheaded by two brilliant men, Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, two men whose genius is only exceeded by their hatred for each other’s guts. It is said that the third most important position on any dig sponsored by either of these independently wealthy giants is Chief Paleontologist. The second most important is the man who rides shotgun and holds the Indians at bay. And the most important is Chief Saboteur.
Now, with the aid of Theodore Roosevelt, Cole Younger, and Buffalo Bill Cody, Doc Holliday must save Cope and Marsh not only from the Comanches, not only from living, breathing dinosaurs, but from each other. And that won’t be easy.
The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice. Gallery, $26.00, 321pp, hc, 9781476716084. Fiction.
New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice brilliantly conjures up the shadowed terrors of the Louisiana bayou — where three friends confront a deadly, ancient evil rising to the surface — in the intense, atmospheric new supernatural thriller The Heavens Rise.
It’s been a decade since the Delongpre family vanished near Bayou Rabineaux, and still no one can explain the events of that dark and sweltering night. No one except Niquette Delongpre, the survivor who ran away from the mangled stretch of guardrail on Highway 22 where the impossible occurred… an dkept on running. Who left behind her best friends, Ben and Anthem, to save them from her newfound capacity for destruction… and who alone knows the source of her very bizarre — and very deadly — abilities: an isolated strip of swampland called Elysium.
An accomplished surgeon, Niquette’s father dreamed of transforming the dense acreage surrounded by murky waters into a palatial compound befitting the name his beloved wife gave to it, Elysium: “the final resting place for the heroic and virtuous.” Then, ten years ago, construction workers dug into a long-hidden well, one that snaked down into the deep, black waters of the Louisiana swamp and stirred something that had been there for centuries — a microscopic parasite that perverts the mind and corrupts the body.
Niquette is living proof that things done can’t be undone. Nothing will put her family back together again. And nothing can save her. But as Niquette, Ben, and Anthem uncover the truth of a devastating parasite that has the potential to alter the future of humankind, Niquette grasps the most chilling truths of all: someone else has been infected, too. And unlike her, this man is not content to live in the shadows. He is intent to use his newfound powers for one reason only: revenge.
The Heavens Rise will lure readers to the bayou and keep them fascinated through to the end with vivid characters who conjure good, battle evil and never give up on true friendship.
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. Random House Children’s, $18.00, 400pp, hc, 9780385743563. YA Fantasy.
This fall, #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson debuts a new young adult fantasy series with Steelheart.
It’s been ten years since Calamity, an explosion in the sky that gave select people extraordinary powers. Known as Epics, these new super-humans began a war which fractured the world. The most powerful Epics took control of the largest territories. An epic named Steelheart took what was once Chicago and, in a fit of rage, turned the entire city into steel. He is impervious to bullets and unaffected by fire. He wields his power over the city like an iron fist and nobody fights back… nobody but the Reckoners.
A mysterious group of ordinary humans, the Reckoners are a shadowy group of ordinary humans who have dedicated their lives to eliminating Epics. Though the Epics are powerful, most possess a single weakness. The Reckoners spend months studying each Epic target, learning to exploit his or her weakness, devising the perfect kill.
Eighteen-year-old David wants in. He wants to be a Reckoner. And he wants Steelheart, the one Epic who is said to be invincible. Eight years ago, Steelheart killed his father and David has been plotting his revenge ever since. He knows that he is the only one with the knowledge to defeat Steelheart — he’s the only one to have ever seen him bleed…
Vicious by V.E. Schwab. Tor, $24.99, 368pp, hc, 9780765335340. Fantasy.
Tor is thrilled to introduce the exciting debut of V.E. Schwab’s Vicious. Set in the near future, Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates — brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find — aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the arch nemeses have set a course for revenge — but who will be left alive at the end?
A comic book without pictures and a violent twist on heroes and villains, Vicious is wildly entertaining. Filled with intrigue and suspense, Vicious is an enthralling page-turner that will captivate and delight readers.
Like a Mighty Army by David Weber. Tor, $27.99, 672pp, hc, 9780765321565. Fantasy. On-sale date: 4 February 2014.
For centuries, the world of Safehold, last redoubt of the human race, lay under the unchallenged rule of the Church of God Awaiting.
Tor Books is pleased to bring you the highly anticipated seventh volume in the New York Times bestselling Safehold series by David Weber. In Like a Mighty Army, Weber returns to the world of Safehold where a war of independence continues to rage across the lands and turmoil burns within the heart of Merlyn Athrawes….
The Church of God Awaiting permitted nothing new — no new inventions, no new understandings of the world.
What no one knew was the the Church was an elaborate fraud — a high-tech system established by a rebel faction of Safehold’s founders, meant to keep humanity hidden from the powerful alien race that had destroyed old Earth.
Then awoke Merlyn Athrawes, cybernetic avatar of a warrior a thousand years dead, felled in the war in which Earth was lost. Monk, warrior, counselor to princes and kings, Merlyn has one purpose: to restart the history of the too-long-hidden human race.
And now the fight is thoroughly underway. The island empire of Charis has declared its independence from the Church, and with Merlyn’s help has vaulted forward into a new age of steam-powered efficiency. Fending off the wounded Church, Charis has drawn more and more of the countries of Safehold to the cause of independence and self-determination. But at a heavy cost in bloodshed and loss — a cost felt by nobody more keenly than Merlyn Athrawes.
The wounded Church is regrouping. Its armies and resources are vast. The fight for humanity’s future isn’t over, and won’t be over soon…