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The Whispering Swarm

The Whispering Swarm

Book One of The Sanctuary of the White Friars

The Sanctuary of the White Friars (Volume 1)

Michael Moorcock

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Almost anyone who has read or written Science Fiction or fantasy has been inspired by the work of Michael Moorcock. His literary flair and grand sense of adventure have been evident since his controversial first novel Behold the Man, through the stories and novels featuring his most famous character, Elric of Melniboné, to his fantasy masterpiece, Gloriana, winner of both the Campbell Memorial and World Fantasy, awards for best novel. Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, and Michael Chabon all cite Moorcock as a major influence; as editor of New Worlds magazine, he helped launch the careers of many of his contemporaries, including Harlan Ellison, Philip K. Dick, and J. G. Ballard.

Tor Books now proudly presents Moorcock's first independent novel in nine years, a tale both fantastical and autobiographical, a celebration of London and what it meant to be young there in the years after World War II. The Whispering Swarm is the first in a trilogy that will follow a young man named Michael as he simultaneously discovers himself and a secret realm hidden deep in the heart of London.

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MY REALITIES



Every day of my life, after all I have learned and the many dangers I have survived, I still reflect on the circumstances which drew me to that part of the City of London I know as 'Alsacia', which her inhabitants...

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“The greatest writer of post-Tolkien British fantasy.” —Michael Chabon, New York Times bestselling author of The Yiddish Policemens Union

“I owe a lot to Moorcock, as does fantasy at large. If you haven't read his books, you're missing something grand.” —Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of The Way of Kings

“Moorcock changed the field single-handedly: he's a giant. He has kept me entertained, shocked, and fascinated for as long as I have been reading.” —Tad Williams, New York Times bestselling author of the Otherland series

“The vast, tragic symbols by which Mr. Moorcock continually illuminates the metaphysical quest of his hero are a measure of the author's remarkable talents.” —J.G. Ballard

“A giant of fantasy.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A giant in the history of science fiction and fantasy--and mainstream literature.” —The Guardian

“[His stories] are the spells that first drew me into Moorcock's luminous and captivating webs.” —Alan Moore, New York Times bestselling author of Watchmen and V For Vendetta

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About the author

Michael Moorcock

MICHAEL MOORCOCK, widely acknowledged as one of the premiere masters of SF and fantasy and selected by The Times of London as one of the fifty greatest British writers since 1945, is the author of dozens of works of SF, fantasy, and mainstream fiction, such as the Elric sequence (starting with The Stealer of Souls), the Corum Series (starting with Knight of Swords), the Hawkmoon series (starting with Jewel in the Skull). He has received the World Fantasy Award for life achievement and was named a Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master in 2008. He lives in Texas.

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