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The Stone in the Skull

The Lotus Kingdoms, Book One

The Lotus Kingdoms (Volume 1)

Author: Elizabeth Bear

The Stone in the Skull

The Stone in the Skull

$27.99

About This Book

Hugo Award–winning author Elizabeth Bear returns to her critically acclaimed epic fantasy world of the Eternal Sky with a brand new trilogy.

Best SFF Books 2017—The...

Page Count
368
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On Sale
10/10/2017

Book Details

Hugo Award–winning author Elizabeth Bear returns to her critically acclaimed epic fantasy world of the Eternal Sky with a brand new trilogy.

Best SFF Books 2017—The Guardian
Kirkus
Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2017

The Verge Recommended Fantasy for 2017
Locus 2017 Recommended Reading List

The Stone in the Skull, the first volume in her new trilogy, takes readers over the dangerous mountain passes of the Steles of the Sky and south into the Lotus Kingdoms.

The Gage is a brass automaton created by a wizard of Messaline around the core of a human being. His wizard is long dead, and he works as a mercenary. He is carrying a message from the most powerful sorcerer of Messaline to the Rajni of the Lotus Kingdom. With him is The Dead Man, a bitter survivor of the body guard of the deposed Uthman Caliphate, protecting the message and the Gage. They are friends, of a peculiar sort.

They are walking into a dynastic war between the rulers of the shattered bits of a once great Empire.

The Lotus Kingdoms
#1 The Stone in the Skull

The Eternal Sky Trilogy
#1 Range of Ghosts
#2 Shattered Pillars
#3 Steles of the Sky

Imprint Publisher

Tor Books

ISBN

9780765380135

In The News

Praise for The Stone in the Skull

“Elizabeth Bear sweeps the reader into a world of ravishing detail.”—Huffington Post

“Amazing worldbuilding, gloriously precise prose, and excellent pacing.”—Tor.com

“The Eternal Sky trilogy is one of the great fantasy epics of the last decade, and Bear triumphantly returns to that setting.”—Library Journal

“Glorious and dramatic.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The plot hews closely to the whole band-of-rogues-assemble-to-fight-stronger-band-of-foes . . . Bear noodles around that trope like a jazz master and takes the story to some interesting places . . .”—Locus

“This is a promising beginning indeed for an epic . . . and it will no doubt be a magnificent journey.”—Booklist

“A panoramic drama that grabs and grips from Page 1 . . . vivid, absorbing, and thrilling.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Clever and beautifully written.”—Elitist Book Reviews

“A thoughtful, richly complex, humane work eloquently told and elegantly constructed.”—Fantasy Literature

“Enchanting.”—The Illustrated Page

“A beautifully written story, truly epic in scope.”—Lynn's Book Blog

Praise for the Eternal Sky trilogy

“Subtle . . . crisp.”—RT Book Reviews Top Pick for Range of Ghosts

“A vivid world.” —Publishers Weekly on Range of Ghosts

A rousing, artful adventure.”—Asimov's Science Fiction on Shattered Pillars

“Astonishing.”—Booklist on Shattered Pillars

“Bear delivers the thematic complexity, deft worldbuilding, and compelling storytelling we’ve come to expect in this concluding volume of the Eternal Sky trilogy, set in a world inspired by 13th-century Asia and The Arabian Nights.”—Locus on Steles of the Sky

“Dense, gripping, and also entertaining, full of emotion, adventure, loss, and the possibility of hope.”—Tor.com on Steles of the Sky

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The Stone in the Skull

The Stone in the Skull

$27.99