All the Books We’re Publishing in Spring/Summer 2017

With winter nearing its midpoint, we thought it was high time to preview our upcoming books. Everyone at Night Shade is excited to share with you our list for Spring/Summer 2017! We’ve got everything from bestselling authors like Glen Cook, Neal Asher, Harry Turtledove, and Greg Egan, to a Neil Clarke-edited collection of the year’s best science fiction stories, to a compilation of short fiction from famous Weird Tales author Seabury Quinn, to the continuation of the Chronicles of St. Mary’s series, and even the genre- (and mind-) bending short story collection Entropy in Bloom. This season, our list presents an exciting collection of books from a variety of genres and authors. There’s sure to be something here for everyone.

Feel free to take a look around; clicking on either the cover art or the title of each book will take you to a standalone release page with more information on each book.

March:

Infinity_Engine_Cover_rgbInfinity Engine, by Neal Asher

Hardcover

Neal Asher’s Transformation Series reaches its dramatic conclusion in this novel set in his famous Polity universe. If you’re familiar with any of Asher’s previous high-tech and hard-hitting work, this series is exactly what you’d expect; if you aren’t, it’s a great place to jump in. (And trust us, if you’ve followed the rogue AI Penny Royal’s story at all, you’ll want to read this one to the end.)

“Asher (War Factory) completes his Transformation series with this powerful work that transcends the borders of morality, existence, and spacetime itself . . . Asher imagines incredible beings wielding vast alien technologies, devastating space battles, and mind-blowing science”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

 

 

 

 

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The Starfishers Trilogy, by Glen Cook

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Combining three of Glen Cook’s previously released novels in one collected edition, The Starfishers Trilogy is a great way for both Glen Cook fans and neophytes to get into his space opera writing. Despite being known largely for his enormously successful and influential fantasy—the Black Company, anyone?—he’s also a gifted and wide-ranging author in a number of other genres, and The Starfishers Trilogy, set in the same universe as his well-known Passage at Arms, collects some of the best examples of his non-fantasy work. We can’t recommend it enough.

Praise for Glen Cook

“Glen Cook is a rare beast of a writer—he can vacillate between military fantasy, space opera, epic fantasy, mystery, and science fantasy with great ease. His writing is often marked by a purity; that he is depicting life in its most real sense, from the thoughts in a character’s mind to the wind rushing across his or her face.”
—Rob H. Bedford, sffworld.com

“A master realist of the imagination”
— Locus

“Glen Cook… single-handedly changed the field… something a lot of people didn’t notice, and maybe still don’t. He brought the story down to a human level… Reading his stuff was like reading Vietnam War fiction on Peyote.”
— Steven Erikson, author of Gardens of the Moon and Deadhouse Gates

What Could Go Wrong PAPERBACK MECH.inddWhat Could Possibly Go Wrong?, by Jodi Taylor

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong? is the sixth book in The Chronicles of St. Mary’sIf you’re loving this series, then there’s no reason to worry, because we’re publishing it on an accelerated cycle, and the rest of the books will be following shortly!

In What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Max is back, with a new husband, a new job, and a training regime that cannot fail . . . to go wrong. Take one interim chief training officer, add five recruits, and mix with Joan of Arc, a baby mammoth, a duplicitous Father of History, a bombed rat, Stone Age hunters, a couple of passing policemen who should have better things to do, and Dick the Turd. Stir well, bring to a boil—and wait for the bang!

Praise for Jodi Taylor and the Chronicles of St. Mary’s series:

“A carnival ride through laughter and tears with a bit of time travel thrown in for spice . . . readers will be impatient for later installments.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“If you’re a fan of time travel, or if you’re a fan of madcap British comedies, or better yet if you’re a fan of both, then you’ll want to check out The Chronicles of St. Mary’s.”
Adventures Fantastic

“The writing was witty and fun, and kept making me smile page after page. . . . Max is a brilliant character, the kind of character you root for, faults and all.”
All Things Urban Fantasy

April:

Best_SciFi_Year_Vol2 coverThe Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume Two, edited by Neil Clarke

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From Neil Clarke, respected editor, anthologist, and publisher of the award-winning Clarkesworld magazine, comes the second volume in his annual roundup of the year’s very best science fiction short stories.

This 2016 edition includes stories by such well-known names as Aliette de Bodard, Ken Liu, Alastair Reynolds, Lavie Tidhar, and many more, as well as a recommended reading list and a “State of the Genre” introductory essay, both from Neil. The complete table of contents is available here.

There’s sure to be something here for every sci-fi fan—don’t miss it! (And check out Volume One, too!)

 

 

 

 

 

Entropy in BloomEntropy in Bloom, by Jeremy Robert Johnson

Hardcover

Fans of literary, genre-crossing, mind-twisting speculative and horror fiction would do well to read this collection, and to remember the name Jeremy Robert Johnson—it’s not just anyone whose writing is enough to dazzle Chuck Palahniuk!

This book compiles the best of Johnson’s independently published short fiction, as well as an exclusive, never-before-published novella. Brave readers will witness such surprising events as a man surviving the nuclear apocalypse by wearing a suit of cockroaches; a parasite converting its pacifist host’s body into a factory for reproducing itself; an environmentalist taking it upon herself to end the world with love; even an astronaut stuck in space as the world below him destroys itself in an outbreak of empathy.

Johnson’s style is as wide-ranging as his diverse interests, and this collection shows that clearly. The common threads that run through all his stories are a hallucinatory vision and a deeply felt empathy, qualities that have earned the author a reputation as one of today’s most daring and thrilling writers.

Praise for Entropy in Bloom and Jeremy Robert Johnson:

“A dazzling writer. Seriously amazing short stories. While I read them, they made time stand still.” —Chuck Palahniuk, New York Times bestselling author

“Johnson is a master of mood, seamlessly combining the literary with the grotesque. Horror fans will find much to chew on, and these stories will certainly reach a wider audience. Johnson deserves to be a household name, as this superb collection makes clear.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

9781597808934_FCThe Horror on the Links, by Seabury Quinn

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The first volume of a new hardcover collector’s set of the famous Weird Tales contributor Seabury Quinn’s beloved Jules de Grandin stories.

Today the names of H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, August Derleth, and Clark Ashton Smith, all regular contributors to the pulp magazine Weird Tales during the first half of the twentieth century, are recognizable even to casual readers of the bizarre and fantastic. And yet despite being more popular than them all during the golden era of genre pulp fiction, there is another author whose name and work have fallen into obscurity: Seabury Quinn.

Quinn’s short stories were featured in well more than half of Weird Tales’s original publication run. His most famous character, the supernatural French detective Dr. Jules de Grandin, investigated cases involving monsters, devil worshippers, serial killers, and spirits from beyond the grave, often set in the small town of Harrisonville, New Jersey. In de Grandin there are familiar shades of both Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, and alongside his assistant, Dr. Samuel Trowbridge, de Grandin’s knack for solving mysteries—and his outbursts of peculiar French-isms (grand Dieu!)—captivated readers for nearly three decades.

Collected for the first time in trade editions, The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin, edited by George Vanderburgh, presents all ninety-three published works featuring the supernatural detective. Presented in chronological order over five fully clothbound hardcover volumes, with incredible covers designed by the famous Donato Giancola, this is the definitive collection of an iconic pulp hero.

The first volume, The Horror on the Links, includes all of the Jules de Grandin stories from “The Horror on the Links” (1925) to “The Chapel of Mystic Horror” (1928), as well as an introduction by Robert Weinberg and George Vanderburgh.

9781597808972_FCThe Edge of Worlds, by Martha Wells

Trade Paperback

Anyone who knows Martha Wells is aware that she’s a gifted world-builder, and her world of the Raksura—made famous by The Cloud Roads—is among her most unique and interesting.

In The Edge of Worlds, the author brings readers back to the fascinating world of The Cloud Roads and the Raksura for the first book in a new series of strange lands, uncanny beings, dead cities, and ancient danger. We’re pleased to publish this paperback edition after the book’s successful hardcover release last year.

Praise for The Edge of Worlds:

“Breathtakingly surprising and fun . . . Wells—a master world builder—creates a multicultural world of humanized monsters. For readers who missed early entry points to this delightful series, now is the time to get on board.”
The New York Times

“A compelling storyteller whose clear prose, goal-driven plotting, and witty, companionable characters should win her fans among those who enjoy the works of writers such as John Scalzi and Lois McMaster Bujold.”
—Matt Denault, Strange Horizons

“An imaginative world of engaging characters . . . the dramatic battles, tough decisions, and character dynamics shine through.”
Publishers Weekly

“This novel is an irresistible tour-de-force of excellent storytelling and fine characterization . . . . I consider The Edge of Worlds to be one of the most addictive and entertaining fantasy novels of the year.”
Rising Shadow

May

LiesDamnedLies_cover_1Lies, Damned Lies, and History, by Jodi Taylor

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That’s right! The seventh book in the Chronicles of St. Mary’s series, a bit more than a month after the previous one (we weren’t kidding about publishing them on accelerated cycle—we hate waiting for sequels to come out too!).

“I’ve done some stupid things in my time. I’ve been reckless. I’ve broken a few rules. But never before have I ruined so many lives or left such a trail of destruction behind me.”

As Max would be the first to admit, she’s never been one for rules. But in Lies, Damned Lies, and History, she’s gone too far and now everyone is paying the price. Grounded until the end of time, how can she ever put things right?

Get this one when you can—the eighth book in the series will be out soon after!

 

 

 

 

Alexander Outland 9781597809016Alexander Outland: Space Pirate, by G.J.  (Gini) Koch

Mass-Market Paperback

A hilarious science fiction space opera from Gini Koch, the bestselling author of the popular “Kitty” Katt urban fantasy series (Touched by an Alien). This is equal parts satire, serious adventure, and self-aware playfulness. It’s a lot of fun.

“Fun! A good old-fashioned sci-fi adventure tale that soars through its universe with the gleeful energy of an atomic rocket ship.”
—A. Lee Martinez, author of In the Company of Ogres and A Nameless Witch

“In the grand tradition of Harry Harrison’s Stainless Steel Rat, G. J. Koch introduces us to Captain Alexander Napoleon Outland and his ribald and vibrant crew taking the universe by storm…. A humorous romp with twists and turns aplenty.”
—Michael A. Stackpole, author of At the Queen’s Command and Of Limited Loyalty

“Laugh out loud, read until you drop. Alexander (the) Outland is my favorite space pirate.”
—Patricia Briggs, author of the Mercy Thompson series.

 

 

June

Best_Horror_Nine_NoNamesThe Best Horror of the Year, Volume Nine, edited by Ellen Datlow

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For more than three decades, Ellen Datlow has been at the center of horror. Bringing you the most frightening and terrifying stories, Datlow always has her finger on the pulse of what horror readers crave. Now, with the ninth volume of the series, Datlow is back again to bring you the stories that will keep you up at night.

With each passing year, science, technology, and the march of time shine light into the craggy corners of the universe, making the fears of an earlier generation seem quaint. But this light creates its own shadows. The Best Horror of the Year chronicles these shifting shadows. It is a catalog of terror, fear, and unpleasantness as articulated by today’s most challenging and exciting writers.

A partial table of contents for Volume Nine is available here.

Praise for Ellen Datlow and previous editions of The Best Horror of the Year:

“You just can’t have a list of recommended speculative anthologies without including an Ellen Datlow anthology. It’s. Not. Possible. The line-up in The Best Horror of the Year Volume Eight is absolutely stupendous, featuring the most frighteningly talented authors in horror fiction.”
Tor.com

Once again, [Ellen Datlow supplies] an invaluable book, featuring excellent short fiction and, in addition, providing as always precious information about what happened in the horror field last year.”
—Mario Guslandi, British Fantasy Society

“As usual, Datlow delivers what she promises, ‘the best horror of the year,’ whether it’s written by the famous (Neil Gaiman) or the should-be famous (Laird Barron and many others).”
Washington Post

Uncle Brucker Cover Update (October)Uncle Brucker the Rat Killer, by Leslie Peter Wulff

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This is a strange one, folks. Leslie Peter Wulff’s unique and compelling debut fantasy features a boy who runs away from his broken home, the eccentric uncle with whom he goes to live, and an inter-dimensional, inter-species rat war.

Before the rise of men, Uncle Brucker says, rats ruled the earth. They’ve been hiding in another dimension ever since they were kicked out by humanity, planning to retake the planet. And now it seems it may be up to a sixteen year old to defend the planet, the human dimension—and his missing, Rat Killer uncle—from the rats.

Perhaps the most unusual dark fantasy debut of the year, Uncle Brucker the Rat Killer is a surreal exploration of honor, duty, and inter-dimensional genocide.

 

 

 

 

firewalk_jacket_nosealFirewalk, by Chris Roberson

Trade Paperback

You may know New York Times bestselling writer Chris Roberson as the co-creater of the hit comic book series iZombie (the CW adaptation premieres its second season this fall), or from his comic book work on Fables and SupermanFirewalk is Chris’s first novel in far too long, and it’s a simmering supernatural crime thriller. We’re pleased to release it in paperback following its successful hardcover launch last year.

Izzie Lefevre was the newest investigator for the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit when she first came to Recondito. Local law enforcement requested the Bureau’s assistance in hunting a sword-wielding serial killer who’d left a dozen mutilated bodies in his wake. Patrick Tevake was a local homicide detective assigned to the taskforce, and together he and Izzie managed to track down and stop the killer before he claimed another victim.

Five years later, Izzie and Patrick remain haunted by what the killer said before he fell in a hail of gunfire. The killer’s last words have brought up a past both Izzie and Patrick thought they’d long since left behind, and neither has been able to shake the feeling that their case was never completely solved. The threat is far from over. Reunited again, he and Izzie will discover that Recondito is a city of dark secrets, and their own pasts may be the key to unlocking them.

“[A] gripping supernatural thriller . . . Terrific pacing and detailed police work mixed with supernatural elements will serve well horror and urban fantasy fans alike.”
Library Journal, starred review

Firewalk turns the police procedural on its ear. Roberson’s Recondito is a simmering melting pot of diverse characters and long-buried evil. It’s a compelling urban fantasy locale I look forward to returning to.”
—Michael J. Martinez, author of The Daedalus Incident and MJ-12: Inception

MJ12_Inception_Updated_Cover_rgbMJ-12: Inception, by Michael J. Martinez

Mass-Market Paperback

Michael J. Martinez is setting his genre-bending sights on the Cold War spy thriller, and we can’t wait for you all to meet The Variants. If you’ve read Mike’s previous series (The Daedalus Incident is the place to start), then you have an idea of what you’re getting. For everyone else: MJ-12: Inception is a blast. If you didn’t get a chance to read it in hardcover last year, you should definitely seek out this paperback reprint—it’s too good to miss.

Normal people across the United States have inexplicably gained paranormal abilities. They are the Variants, controlled by a secret government program called MAJESTIC-12 to open a new front in the Cold War.

“A smart look at a Cold War in many ways even colder and scarier and deadlier than the one we barely survived.”
New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove

“A heady blend of super-spies and superpowers, MJ-12: Inception is Cold War-era science fiction done right. A taut thriller, and skillfully evocative.”
New York Times bestselling author Chris Roberson

X-Men meets Mission: Impossible. Martinez takes a concept as simple as ‘Super spies that are actually super’ and comes away with a hit. Filled with compelling, well-rounded characters, MJ-12 is my new favorite spy series.”
—Michael R. Underwood, author of Geekomancy and the Genrenauts series

July

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You knew it’d be here! The eighth book in the Chronicles of St. Mary’s series, And the Rest is History, comes out in July, and it brings huge developments to the narrative arcs of the many St. Mary’s characters we’ve come to love—seriously, bring tissues.

You think you’re having a bad day? Max is trapped in the same deadly sandstorm that buried the fifty thousand-strong army of the Pharaoh Cambyses II, and she’s sharing the only available shelter for miles around with the murdering psychopath who recently kidnapped her and left her adrift in time.

She’s no safer at St. Mary’s. Tragedy strikes—not once, but several times—and with no Leon, no Markham, and no Peterson at her side, Max’s personal life slowly begins to unravel. From the Egyptian desert to the Battle of Hastings, and from Bayeux Cathedral to the Sack of Constantinople, Max must race through time to save the ones she loves.

 

 

 

 

Dichronauts 9781597808927Dichronauts, by Greg Egan

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Okay, hard sci-fi fans, we’re looking at you here—when we say that this is one of the strangest worlds ever conceived in science fiction, we think you’ll know how big a deal that is. Truly, Greg Egan must be a genius, because while we can barely wrap our minds around the bizarre physics* in this book, he makes it easily accessible and still tells a great story.

*If you don’t believe us about the physics, look at his explanations here. Go ahead, we’ll wait.

Praise for Greg Egan and his work: 

“If you haven’t read any Egan, you so should. He takes the wildest frontiers of today’s science and turns them into brainbending speculative fiction that continually challenges the reader’s ideas of both reality and humanity.”
—Jon Evans, author of Dark Places and The Executor

“Greg Egan is a master of ‘what-if’ science fiction. Other physics? Different biology? Egan’s characters work out the implications and outcomes as they struggle to survive and prevail. The most original alien race since Vernor Vinge’s Tines.”
—David Brin, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Earth and Existence

“Egan’s fans as well as lovers of SF that emphasizes hard science should welcome this tale of courage and self-sacrifice.”
Library Journal on The Eternal Flame

“When most people switch a minus sign for a plus, they re-do the math. Egan re-does the entire universe.”
—Jerry Oltion, Nebula Award-winning author of Abandon in Place

“Wonderful mind-expanding stuff, and well-written too.”
The Guardian on Permutation City

“Egan is a major voice in SF, and this impressive work should help win him the wide readership he deserves.”
Publisher’s Weekly on Distress

“Vast ins scope, episodic, complex, and utterly compelling: a hard science fiction yarn that’s worth every erg of the considerable effort necessary to follow.”
Kirkus Reviews on Diaspora

“Cognitive wonder at its challenging best.”
Locus, on Schild’s Ladder

“A dizzying intellectual adventure.”
The New York Times, on Distress

“[Greg Egan] reveals wonders with an artistry to equal his audacity.”
New York Review of Science Fiction, on Axiomatic

“A conceptual tour de force.”
The New York Times, on Diaspora

Harbors of the SunThe Harbors of the Sun, by Martha Wells

Hardcover & Trade Paperback simultaneous publication

The Harbors of the Sun, from celebrated fantasy author Martha Wells, is the thrilling follow-up to The Edge of Worlds, and the conclusion of a new Three Worlds duology of strange lands, uncanny beings, dead cities, and ancient danger.

Praise for Martha Wells and the Books of the Raksura:

“Martha Wells’ Raksura books are dense, and complex, with truly amazing world building, and non-human characters who are quite genuinely alien, yet still comprehensible and sympathetic.”
—Kelly McCullough, author of the WebMage series and the Fallen Blade novels

“This is rigorous fantasy without the trappings of European medievalism. And most of all, it’s riveting storytelling.”
—Steven Gould, author of Jumper and 7th Sigma

“Genre fans looking for something different will find this is just what they needed.”
School Library Journal Blog

“With these books Wells is writing at the top of her game, and given their breadth, originality, complexity, this series is showing indications it could become one of the landmark series of the genre.”
Adventures Fantastic

“Martha Wells writes fantasy the way it was meant to be—poignant, evocative, and astonishing. Prepare to be captivated ’til the sun comes up.”
—Kameron Hurley, author of The Mirror Empire and God’s War

“This is the type of Fantasy series I absolutely love—and highly recommend as a worthwhile series to read and fall in love with.”
The Book Smugglers

After the Downfall 9781597809023After the Downfall, by Harry Turtledove

Trade Paperback

From Harry Turtledove, the master of alternate history, comes After the Downfall, a novel of magic, epic warfare, and desperate choices. We’re pleased to reprint this excellent novel, which we originally released in 2008.

“Hugo winner Turtledove lives up to his billing as the grand master of alternative history… insights into racial politics elevate [him] to a status above mere entertainment, although it provides that aplenty.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Turtledove is an accomplished professional… and has given us an entertainment that makes us think somewhat about why we are the way we are.”
— Library Journal

“…the work of one of alternate history’s authentic modern masters.”
— Booklist

“Turtledove [is] the wizard of ‘if ’.”
— Chicago Sun-Times

August

Hex-Rated CoverHex-Rated, by Jason Ridler

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A salacious throwback to the detective pulps of the 70s, Hex-Rated kicks off the new urban fantasy series the Brimstone Files. Its protagonist, James Brimstone, has all the classic pulp-detective qualities—from the toughness and self-confidence of Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade to the resigned, philosophical cynicism and cultural literacy of Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe—plus a healthy dose of mysticism, magic, and badassery.

And he’ll need it all to get to the bottom of a case involving a scarred actress client, a violent and demonic snake, possessed martial artist porn stars, crooked cops, a dwarf screenwriter who may also be a magic user, a lost book of Japanese erotica, and the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang. Especially since he does it all in a powder-blue prom suit.

It’s smart, it’s funny, it’s self-aware, and it’s a seriously good story, too. Pick it up when you have enough time not to put it down for a while.

 

 

 

Weight of the World MECH.inddThe Weight of the World, by Tom Toner

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The sequel to The Promise of the ChildTom Toner’s critically acclaimed and ambitious literary space opera debutThe Weight of the World moves the series toward a dramatic conclusion that will have far-reaching consequences for the entirety of the the Amaranthine worlds and the Prism. It’s also powerful story in its own right, and is certain to fill sci-fi and fantasy fans with awe and delight.

Praise for The Promise of the Child:

“To call The Promise of the Child one of the most accomplished debuts of 2015 so far is to understate its weight—instead, let me moot that is among the most significant works of science fiction released in recent years.”
Tor.com

“One of the most ambitious and epic-scale pieces of worldbuilding I’ve read. Reading The Promise of the Child, you feel you’re in the presence of an author at the height of his powers. If this is what Toner is like when he’s just getting started, I think we can expect great things from him. Utterly absorbing; a tremendous adventure.”
—Karl Schroeder, author of Lockstep and Sun of Suns

“Bold and intense from start to finish, The Promise of the Child is a master-class in innovative, evocative world-building. The entire book buzzes with imagination.”
—Michael J. Martinez, author of The Daedalus Incident

“An amazing debut—a colorful space opera in the post-human tradition of Iain M. Banks, combined with the razor-sharp plotting of Alastair Reynolds. It left me feverish with delight.”
—Loren Rhoads, author of The Dangerous Type

“Humming with energy, this is space opera like you’ve never seen it before. Absolutely brilliant.”
—Adam Roberts, author of Salt and Jack Glass

“A dizzying mash-up of science fiction and fantasy themes that are both mystifying and entertaining. . .will appeal to readers who enjoy the offbeat end of far-future sf. This is the kind of novel that could develop a cult following.”
Booklist Reviews

“Ambitious. . .The several 147th-century cultures on display are fascinating. . .The pace picks up as the tale moves toward its end, but this is the kind of book that will most appeal to cerebral readers who can appreciate its characters’ many verbal interactions.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“This is the purest example of space opera we’ve seen in some time. . . .The book is challenging, ambitious, and rewarding, and it’s impossible not to admire Toner’s wild imagination and carefully constructed world. This thing is bonkers, no question. It’s also one helluva debut.”
Barnes & Noble, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

“Marvelous. . .a space opera of surpassing gracefulness, depth, complexity, and well, all-round weirdness.”
—Paul Di Filippo, Locus

“First rate. . .a clever and interesting world, with something new always coming across the horizon, more wonders as yet unreached. I ate it up with a spoon.”
—Paul Weimer, SFSignal