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The Godless

Children: Book One

Ben Peek

Thomas Dunne Books

The Gods are dying. Fifteen thousand years after the end of their war, their bodies can still be found across the world. They kneel in forests, lie beneath mountains, and rest at the bottom of the world's ocean. For thousands of years, men and women have awoken with strange powers that are derived from their bodies. The city Mireea is built against a huge stone wall that stretches across a vast mountain range, following the massive fallen body of the god, Ger. Ayae, a young cartographer’s apprentice, is attacked and discovers she cannot be harmed by fire. Her new power makes her a target for an army that is marching on Mireea. With the help of Zaifyr, a strange man adorned with charms, she is taught the awful history of ‘cursed’ men and women, coming to grips with her new powers and the enemies they make. Meanwhile, the saboteur Bueralan infiltrates the army that is approaching her home to learn its terrible secret. Split between the three points of view, the narrative of Godless reaches its conclusion during an epic siege, where Ayae, Zaifyr and Bueralan are forced not just into conflict with those invading, but with those inside the city who wish to do them harm.
The first installment in Ben Peek's exciting new epic fantasy series, Godless is a fast-paced page turner set in an enthralling new world.

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“Your eyes,” Illaan said to her, before the sun rose. “Your eyes are made from fire.”

At the edge of sleep, tangled in their sheets and shaken by his rough hands, a deep fear was awoken again in Ayae. It took her back to the age of five, a month after her arrival in Mireea, when the matron of the orphanage said that rooms were warmer when she was in them. The large, red-faced woman had died days later when the oil lamp in her room overturned and, with a child’s logic, Ayae had blamed herself for her death. For years she feared she would

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Praise for The Godless

Praise for The Godless:
"Peek weaves multiple threads of the plot together with considerable skill...readers fond of open-ended epic fantasies set in vivid, and occasionally lurid, worlds will find it right up their alley." --Publishers Weekly
 

Praise for Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth:
"Ben Peek is a writer I fully expect to blunder out into the scene like a run-away brontosaurus one of these days. He has titanic talent generally leashed to micro-detail projects when his true canvas is probably something much wider and deeper. Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth is a gently experimental text that uses a glossary of terms from A to Z to create vignettes, one-liners, and other supports for loosely connected narratives. Some are funny, some are most definitely not funny. All are lively and deserve your attention." --Jeff Vandermeer, Locus

"I emerged from the book feeling somewhat dazed and exhausted (having read it from beginning to end within a 24 hour period), and I’m not entirely sure what I feel about it. Impressed, certainly. Curious, definitely. A little pissed off... well, maybe." --Tansy Rayner Roberts, ASif.

"What I got from it is this: that truth matters when it matters, and doesn’t when it doesn’t. And that each of us must find our own path as to where that distinction lies. 26 Lies, 1 Truth is an intelligent, playful, funny, challenging, thoughtful and deeply moving work. It is a book filled with outrageous lies. And it is a book filled with truth." --Ben Payne, ASif.

 
Praise for Above/Below:
"Continues to press the nerd pleasure centers of my brain." --John Scalzi on Above/Below

"An admirable, entertaining and successful work that adds up to more than the sum of its parts... An elegant composite novel which can, as I think I have shown, be read in any order." --ASiF on Above/Below
Praise for The Godless:
"Peek weaves multiple threads of the plot together with considerable skill...readers fond of open-ended epic fantasies set in vivid, and occasionally lurid, worlds will find it right up their alley." --Publishers Weekly
 

Praise for Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth:
"Ben Peek is a writer I fully expect to blunder out into the scene like a run-away brontosaurus one of these days. He has titanic talent generally leashed to micro-detail projects when his true canvas is probably something much wider and deeper. Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth is a gently experimental text that uses a glossary of terms from A to Z to create vignettes, one-liners, and other supports for loosely connected narratives. Some are funny, some are most definitely not funny. All are lively and deserve your attention." --Jeff Vandermeer, Locus

"I emerged from the book feeling somewhat dazed and exhausted (having read it from beginning to end within a 24 hour period), and I’m not entirely sure what I feel about it. Impressed, certainly. Curious, definitely. A little pissed off... well, maybe." --Tansy Rayner Roberts, ASif.

"What I got from it is this: that truth matters when it matters, and doesn’t when it doesn’t. And that each of us must find our own path as to where that distinction lies. 26 Lies, 1 Truth is an intelligent, playful, funny, challenging, thoughtful and deeply moving work. It is a book filled with outrageous lies. And it is a book filled with truth." --Ben Payne, ASif.

 
Praise for Above/Below:
"Continues to press the nerd pleasure centers of my brain." --John Scalzi on Above/Below

"An admirable, entertaining and successful work that adds up to more than the sum of its parts... An elegant composite novel which can, as I think I have shown, be read in any order." --ASiF on Above/Below

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  • Ben Peek

  • BEN PEEK’s previous works include the autobiography Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth, the dystopian novel Black Sheep, and the flip novel, Above/Below, co-written with Stephanie Campisi, which was nominated for a Ditmar Award. His short story collection, Dead Americans, will be released in early 2014, and will comprise of fiction published in anthologies and magazines such as Polyphony, Clarkesworld, and various Year's Best collections. He lives with his partner, and their cat, in Sydney, Australia.

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