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Second Spear

Second Spear

Kerstin Hall

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The thrilling follow-up to Nommo Award finalist, The Border Keeper

After surviving the schemes of the goddess Fanieq and learning some shattering truths about her former life, the warrior Tyn feels estranged from her role guarding her ruler. Grappling with knowledge of her identity, she unleashes her frustrations on all the wrong people.

When an old enemy returns wielding an unstoppable, realm-crushing weapon, Tyn is swept up in the path of destruction.

Praise for Second Spear

Praise for The Border Keeper

"A phantasmagorical picaresque through a lushly realised underworld, populated by a grotesque bestiary of fantastical creatures. . . . This twisty example of the new weird genre examines love, loss and loyalty, packing skilful world-building and a powerful emotional punch into a little over 200 pages."—The Guardian

"Beautifully and vividly imagined. Eerie, lovely, and surreal."—Ann Leckie

“A labyrinth of demons, dead gods, cranky psychopomps, and broken all-too-human lives. Hall is by turns wry and lush, genuine and venomous.”—Max Gladstone

"A fantasy forged in the belly of dreams. . . . A singular debut with no easy answers and beauty to spare."—Indrapramit Das

"Quite but intricate, shored up by rich prose. . . . The tangle of love, loss, grief, and regret that is gradually exposed as the book’s emotional core feels tender and profound."—Publishers Weekly

"The underworld created here is rich and strange, populated with children transformed into translucent crabs, armored, cloven-hooved bird-faced creatures carrying masked riders, and glittering parties where the wrong word can kill."—Kirkus Reviews

"Lush prose weaves around a dark heart in this twisty debut from Kerstin Hall. A fantastical wonder on every page.”—Neon Yang

"Dreamlike in the way of the most powerful dreams—vividly bright and crystal clear."—Emily Tesh

"The mysterious, dark, and often violent worlds envelop readers in a cacophony of mystery and fantasy."—Libra… More…

Praise for The Border Keeper

"A phantasmagorical picaresque through a lushly realised underworld, populated by a grotesque bestiary of fantastical creatures. . . . This twisty example of the new weird genre examines love, loss and loyalty, packing skilful world-building and a powerful emotional punch into a little over 200 pages."—The Guardian

"Beautifully and vividly imagined. Eerie, lovely, and surreal."—Ann Leckie

“A labyrinth of demons, dead gods, cranky psychopomps, and broken all-too-human lives. Hall is by turns wry and lush, genuine and venomous.”—Max Gladstone

"A fantasy forged in the belly of dreams. . . . A singular debut with no easy answers and beauty to spare."—Indrapramit Das

"Quite but intricate, shored up by rich prose. . . . The tangle of love, loss, grief, and regret that is gradually exposed as the book’s emotional core feels tender and profound."—Publishers Weekly

"The underworld created here is rich and strange, populated with children transformed into translucent crabs, armored, cloven-hooved bird-faced creatures carrying masked riders, and glittering parties where the wrong word can kill."—Kirkus Reviews

"Lush prose weaves around a dark heart in this twisty debut from Kerstin Hall. A fantastical wonder on every page.”—Neon Yang

"Dreamlike in the way of the most powerful dreams—vividly bright and crystal clear."—Emily Tesh

"The mysterious, dark, and often violent worlds envelop readers in a cacophony of mystery and fantasy."—Library Journal

“With parallels to a range of mythologies, Hall’s elegant descriptive language evokes a vivid world of lost souls and revenge in this fast-paced fantasy debut.”—Booklist

"The Border Keeper is Hall’s debut into novella-length works, following on from her successful short story releases. Her poetic and crisp prose take the reader on a brisk-paced journey through a chilling landscape.”—Aurealis

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Kerstin Hall

Kerstin Hall's short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons and Fireside, and she is the author of the novella The Border Keeper. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa. You can find her at kerstinhall.com and on Twitter at @Kerstin__Hall.

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