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The Builders

The Builders

Daniel Polansky

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A missing eye.
A broken wing.
A stolen country.

The last job didn't end well.

Years go by, and scars fade, but memories only fester. For the animals of the Captain's company, survival has meant keeping a low profile, building a new life, and trying to forget the war they lost. But now the Captain's whiskers are twitching at the idea of evening the score.

PRAISE FOR THE BUILDERS

"A living, breathing world of vivid, winsome characters hellbent on their blaze of glory and as unforgiving as a runaway train carrying all your friends over a cliff. I haven't cared about animals this much since Watership Down." — Delilah S. Dawson, author of Hit and Wicked as They Come

"Nobody does dark like Polansky. The Builders is Redwall meets Unforgiven, combining the endearing wit of Disney's Robin Hood with all the grit and violence of a spaghetti western." — Myke Cole, author of the Shadow Ops series

"If Sam Peckinpah and Brian Jacques had a strange peyote ritual and shared a collective dream, it might look something like this. Brutish, nasty, short — much like life — Polansky's The Builders is also funny, exciting, and extremely original. The Wild Bunch meets Watership Down." — John Hornor Jacobs, author of The Incorruptibles

Hugo Award - Nominee

Praise for The Builders

A living, breathing world of vivid, winsome characters hellbent on their blaze of glory and as unforgiving as a runaway train carrying all your friends over a cliff. I haven't cared about animals this much since WATERSHIP DOWN. —Delilah S. Dawson, author of HIT and WICKED AS THEY COME

Nobody does dark like Polansky. The Builders is Redwall meets Unforgiven, combining the endearing wit of Disney's Robin Hood with all the grit and violence of a spaghetti western. —Myke Cole, author of the Shadow Ops series

If Sam Peckinpah and Brian Jacques had a strange peyote ritual and shared a collective dream, it might look something like this. Brutish, nasty, short - much like life - Polansky's THE BUILDERS is also funny, exciting, and extremely original. THE WILD BUNCH meets WATERSHIP DOWN. —John Hornor Jacobs

Polansky is one of the best authors writing today. —Civilian Reader

Wielding vivid characters and scalpel-sharp banter worthy of fellow dark fantasists Scott Lynch and Joe Abercrombie. —The A.V.Club on Low Town

Prepare yourself to be blown away. —The Bibliophile Chronicles on Those Above

Polansky has a deft feel for language. —Strange Horizons

"Polansky employs a style that’s knowing and sly, a little tongue-in-cheek but deadly serious; it’s as though Brian Jacques and Quentin Tarantino went drinking one night... a violently compelling story." - Publishers Weekly

"Bawdy and sometimes bleak, but most outrageous." - Locus

"Bloody and dark... This is a story of… More…

A living, breathing world of vivid, winsome characters hellbent on their blaze of glory and as unforgiving as a runaway train carrying all your friends over a cliff. I haven't cared about animals this much since WATERSHIP DOWN. —Delilah S. Dawson, author of HIT and WICKED AS THEY COME

Nobody does dark like Polansky. The Builders is Redwall meets Unforgiven, combining the endearing wit of Disney's Robin Hood with all the grit and violence of a spaghetti western. —Myke Cole, author of the Shadow Ops series

If Sam Peckinpah and Brian Jacques had a strange peyote ritual and shared a collective dream, it might look something like this. Brutish, nasty, short - much like life - Polansky's THE BUILDERS is also funny, exciting, and extremely original. THE WILD BUNCH meets WATERSHIP DOWN. —John Hornor Jacobs

Polansky is one of the best authors writing today. —Civilian Reader

Wielding vivid characters and scalpel-sharp banter worthy of fellow dark fantasists Scott Lynch and Joe Abercrombie. —The A.V.Club on Low Town

Prepare yourself to be blown away. —The Bibliophile Chronicles on Those Above

Polansky has a deft feel for language. —Strange Horizons

"Polansky employs a style that’s knowing and sly, a little tongue-in-cheek but deadly serious; it’s as though Brian Jacques and Quentin Tarantino went drinking one night... a violently compelling story." - Publishers Weekly

"Bawdy and sometimes bleak, but most outrageous." - Locus

"Bloody and dark... This is a story of loyalty, trust, backstabbing, betrayal and obsession and how, ultimately, it’s always easier to tear things down than it is to create. The Builders is a story of gang warfare but as you’ve never read gang warfare before. 5/5" - Geek Syndicate

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Daniel Polansky

Author of the critically-acclaimed Low Town series, Daniel Polansky was born in Baltimore in 1984. He was living in Brooklyn when he wrote this, but by the time you read it he might be somewhere else.

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