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Jon Courtenay Grimwood has worked as a freelance writer for magazines and newspapers including the Guardian. He has been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award twice and the BSFA Award for Best Novel seven times, winning twice. He lives in Winchester with his wife: novelist and editor of Red magazine, Sam Baker.
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A Maxim Jakubowski Best Science Fiction selection. The initial volume in a new trilogy, THE ASSASSINI, by the popular British SF author, this is also his first venture into fantasy. It's Venice in 1407 and Atilo, Duke Marco's chief assassin comes across a teenage vampire and attempts to enroll him as his assistant. Allying the complex politics of the historical city state of the past with a careful blend of supernatural elements works wonders as the author's impeccable research brings the city to life against a blend of larger than life (and often immortal..) characters at work and murderous play. Twisted and ornate thrills by the bucket.
The extraordinary new novel from one of this or any genre's most talented writers - cutting edge genre writing with an impeccable critical track record.Similar this month: None.Comparison: Richard Morgan, Nick Sagan, Michael Marshall Smith.
Ace, terrific, any superlatived you like, this ideas-driven author writes like the dream his two protagonists believe they are part of. Itâ€™s science fiction, yes, itâ€™s fast-moving and explores ideas of time and fate, but itâ€™s perceptive and gripping so thriller readers may enjoy it too.Comparison: Stephen Baxter, Richard Morgan, Michael Marshall Smith.
Snow shrouds Venice in cold darkness, ice fills the canals and a thousand ghosts pluck at the shadow's edge. A violent attack on Lady Giulietta's son forces Tycho from his new-found happiness and back into the treacherous intrigue of the court. For Giulietta's sake he would go to the world's end to track down those responsible. As Venice teeters on the brink of civil war, its warring families prepare to discover who is a player and who is a pawn in the coming struggle for power.
Magie, Macht und Intrigen: Die Fortsetzung von Silberklinge und der zweite Teil der Saga rund um den Assassinen Tycho und die Nichte des Dogen, Giulietta!Das Intrigenspiel in der Lagunenstadt geht weiter, in seinem Zentrum die trauernde Giulietta, die von allen Seiten umworben wird. Tycho, verletzt von ihrer Zurckweisung, will die Stadt schon fr immer verlassen, als die geheimnisvolle Rosalyn auftaucht und den Kampf um Venedigs Zukunft wieder erffnet. Dunkel, geheimnisvoll und bernatrlich gut: Die besten Vampirbcher seit Anne Rices "e;Interview mit einem Vampir"e;!
A violent attack on Lady Giuliettas son forces Tycho from his new-found happiness and back into the treacherous intrigue of the court. For Giuliettas sake he would go to the worlds end to track down those responsible. As Venice teeters on the brink of civil war, its feuding families prepare to discover who is a player and who a pawn in the coming struggle for power. The Exiled Blade is the climactic finale to Tychos story. Praise for THE ASSASSINI TRILOGYAn alternative world that lays down its own historical strata . . . the writing is spare and detached; the society described is brutal and sadistic - Times Literary SupplementGritty, grimy, decadent and compelling - Sunday Times The writing is elegant, the dialogue razor sharp, the characters drawn economically but effectively, and the action is unrelenting - SciFi Now (five-star review)Conjures up the city so vividly that you can almost touch the place - SFX
As the Byzantine and German emperors plot war against each other, Venice's future rests in the hands of three unwilling people: The newly knighted Sir Tycho. An ex-slave and trained assassin who defeated the Mamluk navy but cannot make the woman he loves love him back. Tortured by secrets, afraid of the daylight, he sees no reason to save a city he hates. The grieving Lady Giulietta. Impossibly rich, deeply spoilt. A virgin, a mother, a widow . . . Both emperors want her hand for their sons in marriage. All she wants is to retire from the poisonous world of the Venetian court to mourn her husband in peace. And finally a naked, mud-strewn girl who crawls from a pauper's grave on an island in the Venetian lagoon and begins by killing the men who buried her.
Venedig 1407. Der junge Tycho erwacht ohne Erinnerung in der Lagunenstadt. Noch bevor er das Geheimnis um seine Herkunft luften kann, wird er gefangen genommen und im Auftrag des Dogen zum besten Assassinen der Stadt ausgebildet. Dabei entdeckt er in sich ungeahnte Fahigkeiten. Sein Weg als willenloses Instrument scheint vorherbestimmt, bis er der schonen Giulietta Millioni begegnet: Die Nichte des Dogen ist auf der Flucht vor den finsteren Planen ihres Onkels, und gemeinsam mussen sie und Tycho nicht nur gegen politische Intrigen, Hexen und Werwolfe kampfen, sondern auch gegen die Anziehungskraft zwischen ihnen, denn ihre Liebe kann fur einen von beiden todlich sein ...
Passion di Orchi is no more than the obscenely rich daughter of a West Coast mafia boss - until she decides to rebuild Venice. In the middle of the Pacific. A century later, with New Venice ossified into a puritanical elegance, the daughter of Count Ryuchi slips away from her father's palazzo, out to the levels to play Lucifer's Dragon. A multi-level, self-perpetuating, true 3-D trawl through the Apocalypse, Lucifer's Dragon is coded so the game never repeats its own failures. But an altercation in a bar puts Karo on a collision course with NVPD officer Angeli, drafted in by media giant CySat to investigate a murder she knows way too much about. And then there's Razz, the silver exotic. Too tired and jaded to keep living, she takes on the job of guarding CySat's ultimate boss, the ten-year-old Aurelio. With all the high tech security in place, it should be a walk in the park. But the last thing Razz sees is CySat's child-ruler making too close an acquaintance with an Uzi, and then she wakes up in Zurich. Dead...