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ISBN: 9780312890728320 Pages
Something is stirring in London's dark, stamping out its territory in brickdust and blood. Something has murdered Saul Garamond's father, and left Saul to pay for the crime.
But a shadow from the urban waste breaks into Saul's prison cell and leads him to freedom. A shadow called King Rat, who reveals Saul's royal heritage, a heritage that opens a new world to Saul, the world below London's streets--a heritage that also drags Saul into King Rat's plan for revenge against his ancient enemy,. With drum 'n' bass pounding the backstreets, Saul must confront the forces that would use him, the forces that would destroy him, and the forces that shape his own bizarre identity.
China Mieville's King Rat was nominated for both the International Horror Guild and Bram Stoker Awards for best first novel.
Bram Stoker Awards - Nominee
The trains that enter London arrive like ships sailing across the roofs. They pass between towers jutting into the sky like long-necked sea beasts and the great gas-cylinders...
Praise for King Rat
"In the past decade, contemporary renderings of traditional fairy tales have become a staple of fantasy fiction. This flashy riff on the Pied Piper theme marks a notable extension of the trend and an auspicious debut for its author." - Publishers Weekly
"Mieville’s book is a modern urban fable which shines through well-drawn characters and a witty Dickens-dark atmosphere." - Bewildering Stories
"King Rat is a strong first novel in the quirky sub-sub-genre of subterranean fairy tales." - The Onion