The Nine

Author(s): Tracy Townsend

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Black market courier Rowena Downshire is doing everything she can to stay off the streets and earn enough to pay her mother's way to freedom. But an urgent and unexpected delivery leads her face to face with a creature out of nightmares.The Alchemist knows things few men have lived to tell about, but when a frightened and empty-handed courier shows up on his doorstep he knows better than to turn her away. What he discovers leads him to ask for help from the last man he wants to see--the former mercenary, Anselm Meteron. Reverend Phillip Chalmers awakes in a cell, bloodied and bruised, facing a creature twice his size. Translating a stolen book that writes itself may be his only hope for survival; however, he soon learns the text may have been written by the Creator himself, tracking the nine human subjects of his Grand Experiment. In the wrong hands, it could mean the end of humanity.This unlikely team must try to keep the book from those who would misuse it. But how can they be sure who the enemy is when they can barely trust each other? And what will happen to them when it reveals a secret no human was meant to know?

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"[An] intriguing debut of nearly flawless writing. . . . A gritty series opener." --Publishers Weekly "The Nine is a tense, fast-moving and twisty caper, with divided loyalties, creepy monsters, and grand mysteries. More please!" --Max Gladstone, author of the Hugo Award-nominated Craft Sequence series "An inventive alloy of low-fantasy grit and saucy gaslamp caper, by turns both uplifting and brutal--I dug the world, I loved the characters, and I definitely want to know what happens next." --Curtis C. Chen, author of the Locus Award finalist Waypoint Kangaroo "George R. R. Martin and China Mieville have nothing on the audacious, intricate world-building, gritty politics, and compelling characters in this excellent debut." --Sam J. Miller, Nebula Award-nominated author of The Art of Starving "The Nine is a tense, fast-moving and twisty caper, with divided loyalties, creepy monsters, and grand mysteries. More please!" --Max Gladstone, author of the Hugo Award-nominated Craft Sequence series "An inventive alloy of low-fantasy grit and saucy gaslamp caper, by turns both uplifting and brutal--I dug the world, I loved the characters, and I definitely want to know what happens next." --Curtis C. Chen, author of the Locus Award finalist Waypoint Kangaroo "George R. R. Martin and China Mieville have nothing on the audacious, intricate world-building, gritty politics, and compelling characters in this excellent debut." --Sam J. Miller, Nebula Award-nominated author of The Art of Starving "George R. R. Martin and China Mieville have nothing on the audacious, intricate world-building, gritty politics, and compelling characters in this excellent debut." --Sam J. Miller, Nebula Award-nominated author of The Art of Starving

Debut author Tracy Townsend holds a master's degree in writing and rhetoric from DePaul University and a bachelor's degree in creative writing from DePauw University, a source of regular consternation when proofreading her credentials. She is chair of the English Department at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, an elite public boarding school, where she teaches creative writing and science fiction and fantasy literature. She has been a martial arts instructor, a stage combat and accent coach, and a short-order cook for houses full of tired gamers. Now she lives in Bolingbrook, Illinois with two bumptious hounds, two remarkable children, and one very patient husband. Her short story "Late Arrivals" was published by Luna Station Quarterly in March 2016.

General Fields

  • : 9781633883413
  • : Prometheus Books, Publishers
  • : Pyr
  • : November 2017
  • : 209mm X 141mm X 27mm
  • : United States
  • : February 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Tracy Townsend
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 813.6
  • : 400