In the Lion's Mouth

Michael Flynn

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It’s a big Spiral Arm, and the scarred man, Donavan buigh, has gone missing in it, upsetting the harper Mearana's plans for a reconciliation between her parents. Bridget ban, a Hound of the League, doubts that reconciliation is possible or desirable; but nonetheless has dispatched agents to investigate the disappearance. 

The powerful Ravn Olafsdottr, a Shadow of the Names, slips into Clanthompson Hall to tell mother and daughter of the fate of Donovan buigh. In the Long Game between the Confederation of Central Worlds and the United League of the Periphery, Hound and Shadow are mortal enemies; yet a truce descends between them so that the Shadow may tell her tale. There is a struggle in the Lion’s Mouth, the bureau that oversees the Shadows—a clandestine civil war of sabotage and assassination between those who would overthrow Those of Name and the loyalists who support them. And Donovan, one-time Confederal agent, has been recalled to take a key part, willingly or no.

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I. RIFTWARD: THE FIRST COUNTERARGUMENT
 

Swift we sped, your Donovan and I,
Toward the Rift that rends the stars
Apart, we plied the boulevards that bind them.
Sooner far than I had sought for
Woke he from those slumbers so awarded
That he should wake when waking no more mattered.
Wroth he was at being thus abducted
And for some time the issue lay in doubt
Between us. E’en I must sleep,
And in that sleep lie open to his guile.
But hold!
I shall place distance ’tween my tale
And me, and speak of Ravn as I do of others;
And thus relate

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Praise for In the Lion's Mouth

"A marvelously heroic ancient legend reborn in humanity’s future days. Space opera fans will be swept away by the poetic rhythm and subtle plot construction."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
 
"Fascinating and intelligent."
--Kirkus Reviews
 
Praise for Michael Flynn:

"This story weaves love, mystery, music, action, and a change to create a mammoth of a read that will leave readers enraptured in its pages for generations to come.”
—Sacramento Book Review on The January Dancer

“Flavored like Celtic poetry, The January Dancer is the first effort in what promises to be a space opera of epic proportions…. Will leave readers both wide-eyed and breathless.”
—Starlog

The January Dancer is an innovative intellectual and stimulating take on the space opera in which, once again, Flynn demonstrates that he is a writer of the highest caliber.
—Interzone

"For fans of… Brainy first-contact tales (Carl Sagan meets Umberto Eco). Lowdown: bursting with pungent historical detail and Big Theme musings, this dense, provocative novel offers big rewards."
—Entertainment Weekly on Eifelheim

"A deeply researched and well-thought-out novel that moves us and makes us smarter just for having read it….  Excellent."
—Orson Scott Card on Eifelheim

"Firestar was a mighty hard act to follow, but Michael Flynn has done so, and brilliantly. Rogue Star continues the story, with the same imaginative realism, suspenseful narration, and vivid humanness, plus all sorts of new ideas and insights."
—Poul Anderson

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Fiction Review: In the Lion’s Mouth by Michael Flynn. Tor, $25.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-7653-2285-2
Prometheus Award–winner Flynn follows Up Jim River and The January Dancer with another powerful tale of far-future humanity. Donovan buigh, an amnesiac with multiple personalities, is en route to hi
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Michael Flynn

Michael Flynn is the author of the Firestar series of novels, and is an Analog magazine alumnus whose fiction now appears regularly in all the major SF magazines. He lives in Easton, Pennsylvania. 

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In the Lion's Mouth
Michael Flynn

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
January 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429923552
ISBN10: 1429923555
224 pages
$7.99

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Tor Books
January 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765322852
ISBN10: 0765322854
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 304 pages
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Tor Science Fiction
November 2012
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765362834
ISBN10: 076536283X
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 320 pages
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