Christopher Buehlman (@Buehlmeister) is a native Floridian and author of the literary horror novels 'Those Across the River' and 'Between Two Fires.' He is the winner of the 2007 Bridport Prize in poetry, and the author of several provocative plays, including Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka. Many know him as comedian Christophe the Insultor, something of a cult figure on the renaissance festival circuit. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. His first novel, 'Those Across the River,' was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for best novel in 2012.
Fast-paced and action-packed, funny and adventurous - great fantasy fun. * Edward, author of Sycamore * This is an extraordinary debut. It has all the trappings of a traditional quest - the motley band of adventurers, the history and songs, magic and monsters - but told in the snarky, self-aware voice of first-person urban fantasy. It's salty and funny and vivid as a bruise, a rollicking adventure with a cast (and a cat) you won't forget. * Elspeth Cooper, author of SONGS OF THE EARTH * THE BLACKTONGUE THIEF is my kind of book. Chock-full of wry wit, foul language, and characters who arrive on the page with savage, sordid pasts hot on their heels. Often humorous, occasionally horrifying, and sometimes incredibly poignant, I loved every single page of this book. Every sentence, even. It's that good. * Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld * Lyrical and visceral... Prepare to be transported * Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist * I fell in love with Kinch on page one. He's a hilarious narrator and I was also touched by his sensitivity. Christopher's world building is unique, precise, and masterfully woven into a page-turning story. I couldn't put it down! A joyfully mischievous adventure, but also tragic and so heartfelt. Fans of Nicholas Eames and Joe Abercrombie will love The BlacktongueThief * Brian Naslund, author of Blood of an Exile * Dark, gritty, lightning-fast, intelligent, irreverent . . . I loved it * Anna Smith Spark, author of The Court of Broken Knives * Instantly immersive, with wit as sharp as a thief's blade * David Dalglish, author of the Shadowdance series * Buehlman's prose floats nimbly from grisly to lyrical and back again, evoking a damaged world that's by turns bleak and starkly beautiful. A fantastical road trip with a hard-boiled sensibility, complete with shape-shifting assassins, murderous kraken and some delightfully gruesome magic * A. K. Larkwood, author of The Unspoken Name * The Blacktongue Thief is a masterclass in voice and thoughtful world design, with a wonderful cast and a protagonist who grabs you instantly. Fans of Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora will love this one * Django Wexler, author of The Thousand Names * The Blacktongue Thief is equal parts fairy tale, D&D adventure, and acid trip. Buehlman has successfully blended the essences of these elements into something at once familiar and fresh. I look forward to returning to this evocative and f*cked up world! * Jonathan French, author of The Grey Bastards * Wow! Truly outstanding. I can't say enough about how good The Blacktongue Thief is. Damned good stuff * Glen Cook, author of The Black Company * The Blacktongue Thief announces a remarkable new voice to the genre. It's fast and fun and filled with crazy magic balanced by tight characterization. I can't wait to see what Christopher Buehlman does next * Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of The Black Prism * The Blacktongue Thief is a delight from start to finish. What begins as a sidekick's view of the hero's journey soon blossoms into a finely crafted and highly entertaining ride through a world as monstrous as it is wondrous. Christopher Buehlman takes the well-worn tropes of fantasy and weaves them into a new and vibrant tapestry * Anthony Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of Blood Song *