Over the course of the brillaint Low Town trilogy, which came to a suitably brutal conclusion in She Who Waits twelve months or so ago, I dare say Daniel Polansky established himself as one of the greats of grimdark.
Project Polansky has been paving the way for his next novel for some time. To wit, we’ve known its name for a bit: Those Above is the first half of The Empty Throne, an epic fantasy duology about race hatred.
“In a mountain stronghold amidst objects and architecture of great beauty and craftsmanship [lives] a sort of super-human elvish race,” and then there’s “the humans themselves, a subjugated race who live on the lower slopes of the mountain. Twenty-five years before [Those Above begins], the humans rose up against the Others, and were defeated. A single man, Bas, defeated one of the Others in combat, and took the sword of his foe as a trophy.”
That same sword plays a central part in the “truly iconic cover” released this week.