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All the Murmuring Bones

A G Slatter

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Titan Books
01 March 2021
For fans of Naomic Novik and Katharine Arden, a dark gothic fairy tale from award-winning author Angela Slatter.

Orphaned as a young child, Miren O'Malley has been brought up by her grandparents on their isolated, rambling estate Hob's Hallow.

Long ago her family prospered due to a deal struck with the mer, the terrifying creatures who live in the depths of the sea: safety for their merchant ships in return for a child of each generation. But for many years the family have been unable to keep their side of the bargain and their fortunes have suffered as a result.

When Mirin's grandfather dies, her grandmother puts in train a plan to restore their glory - but at the price of Mirin's freedom.

Finding amongst her grandfather's papers evidence that her parents may still be alive, Mirin is determined to escape and discover the truth about her origins. This takes her on a treacherous journey to Blackwater, the estate her parents built when they fled Hob's Hallow, but on arrival Mirin finds the estate in decline and her 'Uncle Edward' in charge: where are her parents, and who is this Edward Elliott really?

A story of mystery and magic and the strange creatures that lurk beneath the waves.

'Slatter's dark fantasies have a bright, burning core of understanding and insight.' - M.

R Carey, author of The Girl with All the Gifts and The Boy on the Bridge Praise for Angela Slatter:

'Angela Slatter's stories are horrific, mysterious, whimsical, and mischievous. Beautifully written, full of humanity and intelligence, her stories are both timely and timeless in their concerns. This is an essential collection from one of our best.' - Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World.
By:   A G Slatter
Imprint:   Titan Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 130mm, 
Weight:   368g
ISBN:   9781789094343
ISBN 10:   1789094348
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   01 March 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Angela Slatter has won a World Fantasy Award, a British Fantasy Award, a Ditmar, an Australian Shadows Award and six Aurealis Awards for her short stories. She has an MA and a PhD in Creative Writing, is a graduate of Clarion South 2009 and the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop 2006. Angela's short stories have appeared in many Best Of anthologies, and her work has been translated into many languages.

Reviews for All the Murmuring Bones

PRAISE FOR ALL THE MURMURING BONES 'A. G. Slatter is a born storyteller. Her work is as beautiful and dangerous as the best fairy tales and All the Murmuring Bones is entirely enchanting. A magical read!' Alison Littlewood, author of A Cold Season 'A beautiful gothic monstrosity (monstrosity being a good thing), one of those rare books you don't just want to read but want to live inside of.' Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy 'Like J.R.R. Tolkien, Slatter's taken her personal invented mythos and crafted a world around it that is at once familiar and deeply strange. Lush and chilling, eerie and exquisite, brutal and elegant... I defy anyone to stop turning pages until they've come to the end.' Ellen Kushner, author of The Privilege of the Sword 'Harrowing and beautiful, this is the grim, fairy-tale gothic you've been waiting for. All the Murmuring Bones is Slatter at her darkest--and finest. Don't miss it!' Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Ararat and Red Hands 'All the Murmuring Bones is fairy-tale gothic at its finest and then some. Luscious, richly infused with Slatter's gift for creating place; this is a world that invites travel along all of its dark roads and secret paths. Long after you're done with the book, you'll sit there drenched still in its magic, wondering how you might find your way back.' Cassandra Khaw, author of Hammers on Bone 'A story as gorgeously gothic as its title. This is a novel of blood and bones, of salt and silver, of an absolutely haunting richness. I was compelled from the very beginning and held rapt to the end.' Kat Howard, author of An Unkindness of Magicians 'Like the sea at its heart, Slatter's haunting story is treacherous and lovely in all its dark depths.' Heather Kassner, author of The Bone Garden 'Two uncanny houses, Hob's Hallow and Blackwater, bookend Angela Slatter's new novel like grim sentinels. Whether they are cursed or enchanted, majestic or moldering, refuge or prison, only reading to the end will tell. Meanwhile, the landscape stretching between these gothic structures abounds with corpsewights, kelpies, ghosts, rusalki, werewolves, clockwork mechanicals, and--most alarmingly--actors. And across this treacherous terrain walks Miren O'Malley, scarred, furious, and growing in power. All the Murmuring Bones is brutal and beautiful throughout, with moments of tenderness hard-won and harder-kept, and, pervading all, an atmosphere of inescapable threat like the taste of salt wind and the sound of silver bells ringing in the deep.' C. S. E. Cooney, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Bone Swans: Stories The [gothic] fantasy worlds of Angela Slatter are among the fullest, most vividly realised of our time. The primal ore of folk and fairytale runs glittering through the dark layers of their history and geology, and Slatter mines them for all they're worth. She brings them to the light cut and polished in ways that will make you gasp. In the furnace of her imagination what she produces is tantamount to a sword from out the stone. Her prose is molten metal. Hail the Once and Future Queen! Neil Snowdon 'Gorgeous, atmospheric gothic fantasy' - Buzzfeed


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