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Thraxas and The Sorcerers

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There are very few fantasy novels that mix so gleefully influences from the Ancient world, from noir detective stories and from pulp fiction while never failing to deliver straight-to-the-point entertainment. TheThraxas series, originally published by Orbit, written by Martin Scott (penname of Scottish writer Martin Millar), is among them.

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The House of Binding Thorns

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Aliette de Bodard is an exophonic writer (a writer whose mother tongue is not the language she uses to write her stories in). Even though she was born in the United States, she was brought up mainly in France in a Franco-Vietnamese family. She spent a few years in London when she was a teenager (she studied at the Lycée Français) before crossing back over the Channel to study and work in Paris, where she currently lives.

UK cover – Gollancz

The House of Binding Thorns is the second book of her Dominion of the Fallen series, published in 2017 by Gollancz (in the UK). It follows The House of Shattered Wings (2015), which won the BSFA Award for Best Novel of 2015 and was a finalist of the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel of 2016.

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