Zerfall awakens in an alley, wounded and unable to remember her past. Chased by an assassin out into the endless wastes of the desert, she is caught, disfigured, and left for dead. Her scabbard is empty, but the need for answers—and the pull of her sword—will draw her back to the city-states.
When Jateko, a naïve youth, accidentally kills a member of his own tribe, he finds himself outcast and pursued across the desert for his crimes. Crazed from dehydration, dying of thirst and hunger, he stumbles across Zerfall.
Hunted by assassins and bound by mutual need, both Zerfall and Jeteko will confront the Täuschung, an ancient and deranged religion ruled by a broken fragment of Zerfall’s mind. Swarm, the Täuschung hell, seethes with imprisoned souls, but where gods—real or imagined—meddle in the affairs of man, the cost is high.
In Swarm and Steel, the power of belief can manifest and shape reality, and for political and religious leaders, faith becomes a powerful tool. But the insane are capable of twisting reality with their delusions as well, turning increasingly dangerous as their sanity crumbles. It is here that a long prophesied evil will be born, an endless hunger. The All Consuming will rise.
Barnes & Noble SFF Blog: With precise prose and an engaging plot that is lyrical even as it is paced like a thriller, The Five Daughters of the Moon is rich, rewarding tale.
Booklist: Imagine waking in an alley with no recollection of how you got there—or even who you are. That is how Zerfall’s day starts. Left to die by assassins, she awakens wounded and unable to remember how she got to where she is, let alone where her precious sword has gone.
Fletcher’s latest grim-dark novel will leave readers wanting the story to continue.
B&N SFF Blog: Without a doubt, Godblind is a savage read; there is bloodshed in nearly every chapter. Stephens doesn’t shy away from graphic gore, whether in scenes of battle or ritualistic slaughter. And yet, it never feels gratuitous. This is a grimdark fantasy that truly lives up to the name.
B&N SFF Blog: With lush prose and an immersive sense of place, this brief, evocative work – the first half of a duology that continues with The Sisters of the Crescent Empress in November – will bring an icy chill to the summer months.
Czech rights to Robert Jackson Bennett’s CITY OF MIRACLES, Book 3 of The Divine Cities series, to Host, by Milena Kaplarević at Prava I Prevodi, in association with Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary Agency on behalf of Cameron McClure.
Rights to Hugo and John W. Campbell Award Finalist and Compton Crook Award Winner Ada Palmer’s TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING, to Edesviz Kiado in Hungary, at auction; and to Mag Jacek Rodek in Poland, in a two-book deal, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi in association with Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary Agency.
Spanish rights to Patricia Anthony’s HAPPY POLICEMAN, to Gigamesh, by Maru de Montserrat at International Editors’, in association with Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary Agency.
Polish audio rights to NYT bestselling author Jim Butcher’s STORM FRONT, FOOL MOON, GRAVE PERIL, SUMMER KNIGHT, and DEATH MASKS, to Storytel, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi in association with Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.
German rights to Daniel Stashower’s THE ADVENTURE OF THE ECTOPLASMIC MAN, to Luebbe, by Sarah Knofius at Thomas Schlueck Agency in association with Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary Agency.
Hungarian rights to World Fantasy Award winner Nnedi Okorafor’s WHO FEARS DEATH to Agave Konyvek, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi in association with Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary Agency.
Spanish rights to New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s STORM FRONT and FOOL MOON, the first and second books in the Dresden Files series, to Nosolorol, in a two-book deal, by Maru de Montserrat at International Editors’ Co. in association with Jennifer Jackson.
Spanish rights to New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s and Evil Hat LLC’s Dresden Files RPG Accelerated to Francisco Castillo at Nosolorol by Jennifer Jackson.
Publishers Weekly: Fletcher’s third novel set in his Manifest Delusions universe (after Beyond Redemption), a world where anything a person truly believes will become reality, is a tour de force of dark fantasy shot through with wonder and black humor….Fletcher’s twisty and continuously surprising plot piles spectacle upon spectacle in an amazingly ambitious structure, while his consistently three-dimensional characters lend depth and heart to the narrative.
A landscape of frozen darkness punctuated by grim, gray days.
The feeling like a buzz in your teeth.
The scrape of bone on bone. . .
Paul Gallo saw the report on the news: a mass murderer leading police to his victims’ graves, in remote Dread’s Hand, Alaska.
It’s not even a town; more like the bad memory of a town. The same bit of wilderness where his twin brother went missing a year ago. As the bodies are exhumed, Paul travels to Alaska to get closure and put his grief to rest.
But the mystery is only beginning. What Paul finds are superstitious locals who talk of the devil stealing souls, and a line of wooden crosses to keep what’s in the woods from coming out. He finds no closure because no one can explain exactly what happened to Danny.
And the more he searches for answers, the more he finds himself becoming part of the mystery. . .
The Crescent Empire teeters on the edge of a revolution, and the Five Daughters of the Moon are the ones to determine its future.
Alina, six, fears Gagargi Prataslav and his Great Thinking Machine. The gagargi claims that the machine can predict the future, but at a cost that no one seems to want to know.
Merile, eleven, cares only for her dogs, but she smells that something is afoul with the gagargi. By chance, she learns that the machine devours human souls for fuel, and yet no one believes her claim.
Sibilia, fifteen, has fallen in love for the first time in her life. She couldn’t care less about the unrests spreading through the countryside. Or the rumors about the gagargi and his machine.
Elise, sixteen, follows the captain of her heart to orphanages and workhouses. But soon she realizes that the unhappiness amongst her people runs much deeper that anyone could have ever predicted.
And Celestia, twenty-two, who will be the empress one day. Lately, she’s been drawn to the gagargi. But which one of them was the first to mention the idea of a coup?
Inspired by the 1917 Russian revolution and the last months of the Romanov sisters, The Five Daughters of the Moon is a beautifully crafted historical fantasy with elements of technology fuelled by evil magic.