Revealing The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean

A story of motherhood, sacrifice, and hope; of queer identity and learning to accept who you are; of gilded lies and the danger of believing the narratives others create for you…

We’re thrilled to share the cover of The Book Eaters, the contemporary fantasy debut from Sunyi Dean—publishing August 9, 2022 with Tor Books.

Out on the Yorkshire Moors lives a secret line of people for whom spy novels are a peppery snack, and romance novels are sweet and delicious. Eating a map can help them remember destinations, and children, when they misbehave, are forced to eat dry, musty pages from dictionaries.

Devon Fairweather is part of an old and reclusive clan of book eaters. Her brothers grew up feasting on stories of valor and adventure, and Devon—like all book eater women—was raised on a carefully curated diet of fairytales and cautionary stories.

But real life doesn’t always come with happy endings, as Devon learns when her son is born with a rare and darker kind of hunger—not for books, but for human minds.

Cover art by Su Blackwell; Design by Jamie Stafford-Hill

Sunyi Dean is an autistic SFF writer, and mother of two. Originally born in the States and raised in Hong Kong, she now lives in Yorkshire. When not reading, running, falling over in yoga, or rolling d20s, she sometimes escapes the city to wildswim in lonely dales.


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