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In desperation, Jevick seeks the aid of Olondrian priests and quickly becomes a pawn in the struggle between the empire's two most powerful cults. Yet even as the country shimmers on the cusp of war, he must face his ghost and learn her story before he has any chance of becoming free by setting her free: an ordeal that challenges his understanding of art and life, home and exile, and the limits of that seductive necromancy, reading.
A Stranger in Olondria is a skillful and immersive debut fantasy novel that pulls the reader in deeper and deeper with twists and turns reminiscent of George R. R. Martin and Joe Hill.
Here is the much-anticipated companion novel to Sofia Samatar’s World Fantasy Award-winning debut, A Stranger in Olondria. The Winged Histories is the saga of an empire and a family: their friendships, their enduring love, their arcane and deadly secrets. Samatar asks who makes history, who endures it, and how the turbulence of historical change sweeps over every aspect of a life and over everyone, no matter whether or not they choose to seek it out.
Sofia Samatar is the author of the Crawford, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy award-winning novel A Stranger in Olondria. She also received the John W. Campbell Award. She has written for the Guardian, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, and many other publications. She is working on a collection of stories. Her website is sofiasamatar.com.
The first collection of short fiction from a rising star whose stories have been anthologized in the first two volumes of the Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy series and nominated for many awards. Some of Samatar’s weird and tender fabulations spring from her life and her literary studies; some spring from the world, some from the void.
Praise for Sofia Samatar’s Books:
The excerpt from Sofia Samatar’s compelling novel A Stranger in Olondria should be enough to make you run out and buy the book. Just don’t overlook her short Selkie Stories Are for Losers,’ the best story about loss and love and selkies I’ve read in years.” K. Tempest Bradford, NPR
An imaginative, poetic, and dark meditation on how history gets made.” Hello Beautiful
Pleasantly startling and unexpected. Her prose is by turns sharp and sumptuous, and always perfectly controlled. . . . There are strains here too of Jane Austen and something wilder.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Like an alchemist, Sofia Samatar spins golden landscapes and dazzling sentences.” Shelf Awareness (starred review)
Beauty, wonder, and a soaring paean to the power of story.”Jason Heller, NPR
Highly recommended.” N. K. Jemisin, New York Times Book Review
Sofia Samatar is the author of the novels A Stranger in Olondria and The Winged Histories. She has written for the Guardian, Strange Horizons, and Clarkesworld, among others, and has won the John W. Campbell Award, the Crawford Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the World Fantasy Award. She lives in Virginia.
Del Samatar’s drawings conjure beings who drag worlds in their wake. World Fantasy Award-winning author Sofia Samatar responds with allusive, critical, and ecstatic meditations. Together they have created a secret history of the mixed-race child, a guide to the beasts of an unknown mythos, and a dreamer’s iconography. The monstrous never looked so simultaneously haunting and familiar.
"Fall into the wormhole of an imagination lit like fireworks. Sofia Samatar’s storytelling never fails to enchant and Monster Portraits lava-rocks Del Samatar’s stunningly detailed images with the breathless depth of her vision to peek between bushes, beyond diasporas, into mirrors, and across time through the everyday monstrous grandeur—coy and aggressive, best-kept secret and plain as the second nose on a rugged face—often missed by the naked eye. Be ready to be beautifully ruined." —Samiya Bashir, author of Field Theories
"Monster Portraits is a visually and linguistically striking book—a moving and daring duet between an artist and a writer, between a sister and a brother. Del Samatar’s illustrations of monsters are gorgeous and hauntingly human. Their faces are emotive and their bodies are fantastical and graceful. Sofia Samatar—a dazzling and vital voice—braids autobiography with philosophy and storytelling (folkloric and literary) to create vignettes that reveal how Otherness is always present in our art, our histories, our mirrors. Her language is riveting, visionary, and breathtakingly alive. Monster Portraits is an immensely rewarding feast for the mind and for the eye." —Eduardo Corral, author of Slow Lightning
We are a 2013 Hugo Award nominee for Best Semiprozine!
"Dawn and the Maiden" by Sofia Samatar
"Build-A-Dolly" by Ken Liu
"The Lure of Devouring Light" by Michael Griffin
"Hurt Me" by Daniel Abraham
"The Moon to Sappho" by Sonya Taaffe
"Editorial: Blood on Vellum" by Lynne M. Thomas
"Science Fiction Poetry: Worlds of Potential" by Amal El-Mohtar
"Interview with Daniel Abraham" by Maggie Slater
"Editorial: Words from the Publisher" by Jason Sizemore
Cover art by Naoto Hatorri
Edited by multi-Hugo Award-winning editor Lynne M. Thomas.