Dark Breakers

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Pub Date 15 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2022

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Description

 A young human painter and an ageless gentry queen fall in love over spilled wine—at the risk of his life and her immortality. Pulled into the Veil Between Worlds, two feuding neighbors (and a living statue) get swept up in a brutal war of succession. An investigative reporter infiltrates the Seafall City Laundries to write the exposé of a lifetime, and uncovers secrets she never believed possible. Returning to an oak grove to scatter her husband’s ashes, an elderly widow meets an otherworldly friend, who offers her a momentous choice. Two gentry queens of the Valwode plot to hijack a human rocketship and steal the moon out of the sky.

DARK BREAKERS gathers three new and two previously uncollected tales from World Fantasy Award-winning writer C. S. E. Cooney that expand on the thrice-enfolded worlds first introduced in her Locus and World Fantasy award-nominated novella DESDEMONA AND THE DEEP. In her introduction to DARK BREAKERS, Crawford Award-winning author Sharon Shinn advises those who pick up this book to “settle in for a fantastical read” full of “vivid world-building, with layer upon layer of detail; prose so dense and gorgeous you can scoop up the words like handfuls of jewels; a mischievous sense of humor; and a warm and hopeful heart.”

A young human painter and an ageless gentry queen fall in love over spilled wine—at the risk of his life and her immortality. Pulled into the Veil Between Worlds, two feuding neighbors (and a living...


A Note From the Publisher

C.S.E. Cooney is the author of SAINT DEATH'S DAUGHTER, and the World Fantasy Award-winning BONE SWANS: STORIES. Her short novel THE TWICE-DROWNED SAINT is included in Mythic Delirium's anthology A SINISTER QUARTET. Other work includes Tor.com novella DESDEMONA AND THE DEEP, and a poetry collection: HOW TO FLIRT IN FAERIELAND AND OTHER WILD RHYMES, which features her Rhysling Award-winning "The Sea King's Second Bride." Her short fiction and poetry can be found in Jonathan Strahan's anthology DRAGONS, Ellen Datlow's MAD HATTERS AND MARCH HARES: ALL-NEW STORIES FROM THE WORLD OF LEWIS CARROLL'S ALICE IN WONDERLAND, Rich Horton's YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY, and elsewhere. Find her online at csecooney.com.



DARK BREAKERS will also be released February 2022 in trade paperback (ISBN 9781732644045; $17.95) and e-book (ISBN 9781732644052; $6.99) editions.

C.S.E. Cooney is the author of SAINT DEATH'S DAUGHTER, and the World Fantasy Award-winning BONE SWANS: STORIES. Her short novel THE TWICE-DROWNED SAINT is included in Mythic Delirium's...


Advance Praise

 “Welcome to a Gilded Era like you’ve never before known and will never be able to forget. C. S. E. Cooney’s DARK BREAKERS will transfix and transform you, and, should you chance upon its characters in a glittering hallway, you had best be wearing your fanciest moonlight, and be ready to dance. If Titania herself were to commission a book, it would be this one.”

—Fran Wilde, two-time Nebula Award-winning author of UPDRAFT and RIVERLAND

“C. S. E. Cooney’s prose is like a cake baked by the fairies—beautifully layered, rich and precise, so delicious that it should be devoured with a silver fork. Since you can’t eat DARK BREAKERS, I suggest you read it slowly, savoring every slice. And if it gives you strange dreams—well, what did you expect of fairy cake?”

—Theodora Goss, World Fantasy and Mythopoeic Award-winning author of The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club series

“DARK BREAKERS is a magnificent parure of novellas and matched stories, a suite of jewelled and velvet tales, delicately linked and ferociously glittering. A baroquely intense confection with a core of typewriters and coal fortunes, DARK BREAKERS is compounded of voluptuous invention and ferocious structural loves—for new romances and old friends, for the works of hands, for mortality and its gifts, and all the possibilities of worlds bleeding, weeping, wandering into each other’s arms.”

—Kathleen Jennings, World Fantasy Award-winning author of FLYAWAY

“Few people create worlds as lavish and sensual as those to spring from Cooney’s effervescent imagination. Her writing isn’t so much inspirational, but inspiration itself: gentry-magic spun into pages and paragraphs of glittering, fizzing, jaw-dropping beauty.”

—Cassandra Khaw, British Fantasy Award-nominated author of THE ALL-CONSUMING WORLD

“Welcome to a Gilded Era like you’ve never before known and will never be able to forget. C. S. E. Cooney’s DARK BREAKERS will transfix and transform you, and, should you chance upon its characters...


Marketing Plan

 Book launch at Boskone (Boston, MA) in February. More events being improvised as we go.

 Book launch at Boskone (Boston, MA) in February. More events being improvised as we go.


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