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Leviathan's Blood

Leviathan's Blood

Book Two of the Children Trilogy

The Children Trilogy (Volume 2)

Ben Peek

Thomas Dunne Books

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At the end of The Godless, Mireea lay in ruins, the dead of the city had risen as ghosts, and the keepers Fo and Bau had been slain by Zaifyr.

The Mireeans have now fled to the city of Yeflam with the immortal Zaifyr in chains to barter for their safety. With the threat of war arriving at the Floating Cities, Zaifyr's trial will become the center of political games. However, Zaifyr is intent on using his trial to begin a new war, a motive that many fear is an echo of the dangerous man he once was. Ayae, a young girl cursed with the gift of fire, sees a chance to learn more of her powers here in the floating city, but she is weighed down by her new responsibilities regarding the safety of the Mireean people.

Across the far ocean, exiled Baron Bueralan and cartographer Orlan have arrived in the city of Ooila with some chilling cargo: the soul of a dead man. As the two men are accepted into the city's court, they are pulled ever deeper into the Queen's web of lies and deceit. All the while, a rumor begins to spread of a man who has come ashore, whose seemingly innocent presence threatens them all.

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A thousand years ago, Zaifyr’s sister tried to kill him.
She had not been alone. Aelyn had been one of four who had come into his kingdom, drawn by the reports of massacres, by the reports of madness.
By his madness.
In the ruins...

Praise for Leviathan's Blood

"Leviathan's Blood is arguably one of the best modern fantasies to come out in years...from it's vividly beautiful world building and dynamic societal examination through to its diverse and wonderfully cast melting pot of characters, Leviathan's Blood is the book that just keeps on giving to its readers. There is literally something here for everyone." - Smash Dragons

"Ben Peek is one of the most accomplished writers of richly detailed an intricately plotted epic fantasy working in Australia today. If you're a lover of epic fantasy and you're not reading the Children books, you're missing out." - The Newton Review of Books

“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 on The Godless

“Not just a quick read, but a genuine fat fantasy with an epic scope, huge cast of characters, and intriguing premise.” —Blackgate Magazine on The Godless

“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.” —Jeff Vandermeer, Locus on Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth

“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 mo… More…

"Leviathan's Blood is arguably one of the best modern fantasies to come out in years...from it's vividly beautiful world building and dynamic societal examination through to its diverse and wonderfully cast melting pot of characters, Leviathan's Blood is the book that just keeps on giving to its readers. There is literally something here for everyone." - Smash Dragons

"Ben Peek is one of the most accomplished writers of richly detailed an intricately plotted epic fantasy working in Australia today. If you're a lover of epic fantasy and you're not reading the Children books, you're missing out." - The Newton Review of Books

“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 on The Godless

“Not just a quick read, but a genuine fat fantasy with an epic scope, huge cast of characters, and intriguing premise.” —Blackgate Magazine on The Godless

“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.” —Jeff Vandermeer, Locus on Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth

“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 on Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth

“This is a clever, moving, funny and insightful book.” —Paul Haines, author of Doorways for the Dispossessed, on Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth

"Ben's mixture of adventure, politics, myth and ancient legend is completely immersive, totally absorbing and unashamedly 5* stuff." - The Book Bag

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Ben Peek

BEN PEEK's previous works include autobiography Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth, dystopian novel Black Sheep, and the flip novel Above/Below, which was nominated for a Ditmar Award. He lives with his partner, and their cat, in Sydney, Australia.

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