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27 February 2020
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Thriller & suspense; Fantasy; Historical fiction; 19th Century; Magic; Urban Fantasy; Fantasy Alternate History; Thieves
Welcome to a world where every desire is visible, rising from the body as a plume of Smoke. A world where bodies speak to one another and infect each other with desire, anger, greed. It is 1909 and this world stands on a precipice - some celebrate this constant whisper of skin to skin, and some seek to silence it forever.

Enter Eleanor, a young woman with a strange power over Smoke and niece of the Lord Protector of England. Running from her uncle and home, she finds shelter in a New York theatre troupe.

Then Nil, a thief hiding behind a self-effacing name. He's an orphan snatched from a jungle-home and suspects that a clue to his origins may lie hidden in the vaults of the mighty, newly-risen East India Company.

And finally Thomas, one of the three people to release Smoke into the world. On a clandestine mission to India, he hopes to uncover the origins of Smoke and lay to rest his doubts about what he helped to unleash.

In a story that crosses continents - from India to England's Minetowns - these three seek to control the power of Smoke. As their destinies entwine, a cataclysmic confrontation looms: the Smoke will either bind them together or forever rend the world.
By:   Dan Vyleta
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Digital original
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 164mm,  Spine: 46mm
Weight:   785g
ISBN:   9780297609957
ISBN 10:   0297609955
Pages:   560
Publication Date:   27 February 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dan Vyleta is the son of Czech refugees who emigrated to Germany in the late 1960s. After growing up in Germany, he left to attend university in the UK where he completed a PhD in History at King's College, Cambridge. His debut novel, PAVEL & I, gathered immediate international acclaim and was translated into eight languages. His second novel, THE QUIET TWIN, was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and his third, THE CROOKED MAID, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the J.I Segal Award. When not reading or writing novels, Dan Vyleta watches cop shows, or listens to CDs from his embarrassingly large collection of jazz albums. He lives in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Reviews for Soot

Astonishing . . . it's filling in that gaping hole left by both Harry Potter and Philip Pullman's Northern Lights. Yes, really - Stylist on SMOKE For once both comparisons (with Harry Potter and Philip Pullman's Northern Lights) are apt.. this is a novel that stays in the imagination long after it is read - Guardian on SMOKE Mesmerising and imaginative... Smoke is at once profound, moving and timely: a novel that tackles the most fundamental question of good versus evil. - OBSERVER on SMOKE Like an adult version of the Harry Potter books with a touch of Dickensian dystopia...a sheer delight

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