Publication Date: 31/10/2019 ISBN: 9781509836956 Category:


Frances Hardinge

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication Date: 31/10/2019 ISBN: 9781509836956 Category:



Mr B's review

The gods of the Undersea ruled the Myriad islands for centuries until the day they destroyed each other in a fit of madness. What’s left of the gods are now valuable relics and everyone wants a piece. Street urchins Hark and Jelt are desperate for anything they can scavenge and sell, so when they find something deep beneath the ocean, they realise their fortunes could turn, but at what price? Frances Hardinge is a masterful storyteller with a powerful imagination, and this book is simply extraordinary. – Emma at Mr. B’s


‘One of our finest storytellers’ Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent
‘Pure magic’ M.R. Carey, author of The Girl With All the Gifts

From Frances Hardinge, the Costa Award-winning author of The Lie Tree comes Deeplight – an underwater adventure as dangerous as the gods themselves . . .

The gods of the Myriad were as real as the coastlines and currents, and as merciless as the winds and whirlpools. Then one day they rose up and tore each other apart, killing many hundreds of islanders and changing the Myriad forever.

On the jumbled streets of the Island of Lady’s Crave live Hark and his best friend Jelt. They are scavengers: living off their wits, diving for relics of the gods, desperate for anything they can sell. But now there is something stirring beneath the waves, calling to someone brave enough to retrieve it. Something valuable. Something dangerous.

Nothing is quite as it seems, and when the waves try to claim Jelt, Hark will do anything to save him. Even if it means compromising not just who Jelt is, but what he is . . .

Publisher Review

Frances Hardinge has joined the company of writers whose books I will always seek out and read — Garth Nix There is no mistaking the distinctive voice and vividly crafted prose of Frances Hardinge. She is a writer who delights in language, and whose stories fizz with ideas, allusions and eccentric detail * Metro * A novel by Hardinge is always an event * Sunday Times * Electrifyingly good — Amanda Craig * New Statesman * Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now — Patrick Ness

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