Chandler Birch has written a book to fall in love with on his first outing. In 2014, Simon & Schuster held a contest for emerging speculative fiction writers; The Facefaker's Game was the winner. Chandler Birch was 22. He will be 24 when the book is published in November. And folks, what a book!
Just briefly: a young protagonist, a world so well done that you adapt immediately, terrific characters, and a plot that kept me happily engrossed.
I'll do another mention closer to time for publication, but you can pre-order now.
The cover may change. I notice on Amazon, there is no cover image, but I would not have chosen this one based on the cover. The description is what caught my attention, and I was not disappointed. In fact, it was so much more than what I could have expected.
“It’s Les Miserables meets Harry Potter in Atlantis with the protagonist as the Tenth Doctor, but as a teenager,” mused Birch in a Skype interview. “Ashes is the main character and gets in way over his head.” (source)
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Fantasy. Nov. 1, 2016. Print length: 464 pages.