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Oct 27, 2009
| ISBN 9780345491657
Oct 27, 2009
| ISBN 9780345516749
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Oct 27, 2009 | ISBN 9780345491657
Oct 27, 2009 | ISBN 9780345516749
During a time of great upheaval, the citizens of Venice make a pact that will change the world. The landsmen of the city broker a treaty with a water-dwelling tribe of deepsmen, cementing the alliance through marriage. The mingling of the two races produces a fresh, peerless strain of royal blood. To protect their shores, other nations make their own partnerships with this new breed–and then, jealous of their power, ban any further unions between the two peoples. Dalliance with a deepswoman becomes punishable by death. Any “bastard” child must be destroyed.This is an Earth where the legends of the deep are true–where the people of the ocean are as real and as dangerous as the people of the land. This is the world of intrigue and betrayal that Kit Whitfield brings to life in an unforgettable alternate history: the tale of Anne, the youngest princess of a faltering England, struggling to survive in a troubled court, and Henry, a bastard abandoned on the shore to face his bewildering destiny, finding himself a pawn in a game he does not understand.Yet even a pawn may checkmate a king.
Kit Whitfield lives in London; Benighted is her first novel. She has trained in her time as a masseur and a chef, and has worked as a website editor, quote hunter, toy-shop clerk, and publisher. She spends most of her free time writing,… More about Kit Whitfield
“A delight to read, an elegant and contained work…Whitfield is the real deal, her prose is clear like a mountain lake; cool, beautiful, bracing, affording glimpses of great depths. I am extremely eager to see what she will do next.”—SF Site
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