Voyage of the Damned

A Fantasy Novel

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Pub Date Aug 20 2024 | Archive Date Sep 03 2024

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THE TIKTOK SENSATION FROM THE UK HAS COME TO NORTH AMERICA!
 
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“Magical, murderous, romantic romp through a fantasy world as colorful as it is captivating.” Thea Guanzon, New York Times bestselling author of THE HURRICANE WARS

A mind-blowing murder mystery on a ship full of magical passengers. If Agatha Christie wrote fantasy, this would be it!

For a thousand years, Concordia has maintained peace between its provinces. To mark this incredible feat, the emperor’s ship embarks upon a twelve-day voyage to the sacred Goddess’s Mountain. Aboard are the twelve heirs of the provinces of Concordia, each graced with a unique and secret magical ability known as a Blessing.

All except one: Ganymedes Piscero—class clown, slacker and all-around disappointment.

When a beloved heir is murdered, everyone is a suspect. Stuck at sea and surrounded by powerful people and without a Blessing to protect him, Ganymedes’s odds of survival are slim.

But as the bodies pile higher, Ganymedes must become the hero he was not born to be. Can he unmask the killer and their secret Blessing before this bloody crusade reaches the shores of Concordia?

Or will the empire as he knows it fall?



 
THE TIKTOK SENSATION FROM THE UK HAS COME TO NORTH AMERICA!
 
PRE-ORDER NOW to get a limited edition with sprayed edges—available only on the first printing! This special first edition hardcover will...

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ISBN 9780778387428
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PAGES 464

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Wow. This book was a goddamned DELIGHT.

"Gay magical murder cruise" is a pretty accurate pitch tbh, but it doesn't really capture how much *more* there is to this book. (I cannot adequately express the depths of my desire for a dragon servant named Dumpling.)

It's written in the POV of Ganymedes ("Dee") Piscero, aka Fish, aka Pissfish, who has instantly become one of my favorite protagonists ever: he's the reluctant heir to an unimportant fishing province who masks both his innate kindness and his self-loathing in irreverent clownishness. He's chubby, anxious, imperfect, and 100% relatable -- the kind of hero the world could use more of.

I won't rehash the plot here, but suffice to say that the worldbuilding is rich and fascinating, the characters are diverse and all highly distinctive, and the pacing is relentless in the best possible way. A genre-blending smorgasbord, *Voyage of the Damned* somehow manages to be hilarious and poignant and sad and bloody and kind and triumphant and cathartic all at once. It's what you'd get if you threw Agatha Christie and Terry Pratchett into a blender, with perhaps a dash of The Goblin Emperor and some Legends & Lattes for good measure.

Frances White has pulled off a masterful debut and I can't wait to see what she writes next.

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