Library Journal: This exciting conclusion to Bennett’s trilogy is just as fantastic as the earlier volumes…. Bennett explores the fascinatingly complex gods of the Continent and the magic they left in the world, bringing the series to a satisfying close.
Booklist: Fans of the series will continue to delight in the story and characters….Bennett’s spot-on world building aids the new and old reader alike as they plunge into a world where dieties exert force on characters and events and a revenge plot involving a super-assassin is normal.
Kirkus: Readers of City of Stairs (2014) and City of Blades (2016) know the story: in a world that’s part Frank Herbert and part Tamerlaine by way of Conan the Barbarian, the old gods have fallen to iconoclasts and assassins and new deities, as the states of Bulikov and Saypur struggle back and forth for supremacy. Now Ashara, having long ago proven her worth as secret agent and intercontinental mischief-maker, has risen in the world, putting her, in turn, squarely in the cross hairs.
Congratulations to the DMLA clients nominated for the 2017 Hugo Awards!
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris Books)
Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer (Tor Books)
Best Short Story:
“Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies” by Brooke Bolander (Uncanny Magazine,
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer:
Locus: A remarkable transformation of horror into something like fantasy with close links to nature, set in a universe as wonderful as it is strange.
Winter Tide is part mystery and party story about the importance of kindness and love and human-scale morality in the face of the vast sweep of an uncaring universe…. It is a generous novel, a kind one, and an exceptionally accomplished debut.
After attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928, the U.S. government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god Cthulhu. Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps, and they emerged without a past or a future.
The government that stole Aphra’s life now needs her help. FBI agent Ron Spector believes that Communist spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from Miskatonic University, secrets that could turn the Cold War hot in an instant, and hasten the end of the human race.
Aphra must return to the ruins of her home, gather scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkness of human nature.
Winter Tide is the debut novel from Ruthanna Emrys, author of the Aphra Marsh story, “The Litany of Earth”–included here as a bonus.
Spanish rights to Ada Palmer’s TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING and SEVEN SURRENDERS, Books 1 and 2 of the Terra Ignota series, to Insolita, by Maru de Montserrat at International Editors, in association with Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary Agency.
French renewal rights to NYT bestselling author Jim Butcher’s FURIES OF CALDERON and ACADEM’S FURY, the 1st and 2nd books in the Codex Alera series, to Bragelonne, by David Camus at the Anna Jarota Agency in association with Jennifer Jackson.
German rights to Robert McCammon’s THE BORDER, to Luzifer, by Kathrin Nehm at Thomas Schlueck Agency in association with Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary Agency, on behalf of Cameron McClure.
German rights to NYT bestselling author, Skye Warren’s Endgame series, as well as stand-alone WANDERLUST, to Festa, in a four-book deal, by Julia Aumuller at Thomas Schlueck Agency in association with Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary Agency.
Turkish rights to Nnedi Okorafor’s WHO FEARS DEATH, to Sis Yayincilik, by Nazli Cokdu at ONK Agency in association with Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary Agency.
German rights to USA Today bestselling author Kaira Rouda’s forthcoming BEST DAY EVER, to Lubbe, by Julia Aumuller at Thomas Schlueck Agency in association with Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary Agency.
Georgian rights to Brent Weeks’s THE BLACK PRISM, Book 1 in the Lightbrigher series, to Palitra, by Nada Cipranic at Prava I Prevodi in association with Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary Agency.
Publishers Weekly: Bennett concludes his Divine Cities trilogy (City of Stairs, City of Blades) with a stunning and heartbreaking tale of sacrifice amid magic and spycraft. . . . The bittersweet ending, which elegantly and definitively caps off the novel and the trilogy, will have readers reaching for the tissues.
Finn’s re-adaptation to the human world is not going so well. He’s got a great girlfriend, and is figuring out how things like the internet work, but he is still carrying the disembodied personality of Alynon, Prince of the Silver Demesne, the fae who had occupied his body during his imprisonment. And he’s not getting along at all with his older brother. And oh, by the way, his dead grandfather is still trying to possess him in order to bring about Armageddon.
A modern-day expansion of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, this unforgettable debut novel weaves a spellbinding tale of magic and the power of love as a descendent of the original mermaid fights the terrible price of saving herself from a curse that has affected generations of women in her family.
Kathleen has always been dramatic. She suffers from the bizarre malady of experiencing stabbing pain in her feet. On her sixteenth birthday, she woke screaming from the sensation that her tongue had been cut out. No doctor can find a medical explanation for her pain, and even the most powerful drugs have proven useless. Only the touch of seawater can ease her pain, and just temporarily at that.
Now Kathleen is a twenty-five-year-old opera student in Boston and shows immense promise as a soprano. Her girlfriend Harry, a mezzo in the same program, worries endlessly about Kathleen’s phantom pain and obsession with the sea. Kathleen’s mother and grandmother both committed suicide as young women, and Harry worries they suffered from the same symptoms. When Kathleen suffers yet another dangerous breakdown, Harry convinces Kathleen to visit her hometown in Ireland to learn more about her family history.
In Ireland, they discover that the mystery—and the tragedy—of Kathleen’s family history is far older and stranger than they could have imagined. Kathleen’s fate seems sealed, and the only way out is a terrible choice between a mermaid’s two sirens—the sea, and her lover. But both choices mean death…
Haunting and lyrical, The Mermaid’s Daughter asks—how far we will go for those we love? And can the transformative power of music overcome a magic that has prevailed for generations?