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Victory or Death: Revealing Some Desperate Glory, Emily Tesh’s Debut Novel

While we live, the enemy shall fear us…

We’re thrilled to share the cover of Some Desperate Glory, a queer space opera from award-winning author Emily Tesh—available on April 4, 2023 from Tordotcom Publishing.

“Masterful, audacious storytelling. Relentless, unsentimental, a completely wild ride. I had a time.”
—Tamsyn Muir, New York Times-bestelling author of Gideon the Ninth

Since she was born, Kyr has trained for the day she can avenge the murder of planet Earth. Raised in the bowels of Gaea Station alongside the last scraps of humanity, she readies herself to face the Wisdom, the powerful, reality-shaping weapon that gave the majoda their victory over humanity.

They are what’s left. They are what must survive. Kyr is one of the best warriors of her generation, the sword of a dead planet. When Command assigns her brother to certain death and relegates her to the nursery to bear sons until she dies trying, she knows must take humanity’s revenge into her own hands.

Alongside her brother’s brilliant but seditious friend and a lonely, captive alien, Kyr escapes from everything she’s known into a universe far more complicated than she was taught and far more wondrous than she could have imagined.

A thrillingly told queer space opera about the wreckage of war, the family you find, and who you must become when every choice is stripped from you, Some Desperate Glory is award-winning author Emily Tesh’s highly anticipated debut novel.


“This book will hurt you and you will say thank you. . . . Reading this feels like bearing witness to something revolutionary. It will change you for the better.”
—Olivie Blake, New York Times-bestselling author of The Atlas Six

“Talk about Mass Effect beating up Brave New World in a dark alley.”
—Tamsyn Muir, New York Times-bestselling author of Gideon the Ninth

“Kyr is a revelatory hero—never have I so fervently wished the worst for someone, only to end up cheering for them. . . . Fierce and heartbreakingly humane.”
—Shelley Parker-Chan, Sunday Times-bestselling author of She Who Became the Sun

“A profoundly humane and brilliantly constructed space opera that will have you cheering, swearing, laughing, and ugly-crying. It’s perfect.”
—Alix E. Harrow, New York Times-bestselling author of The Once and Future Witches

“This book hit me like a lightning bolt. . . . An explosive and extraordinary story that I couldn’t stop reading and will never forget.”
—Everina Maxwell, author of Winter’s Orbit

“Devastatingly entertaining, horribly funny, Some Desperate Glory swoops through space and time with effortless precision, never pulling a punch or settling for an easy answer. There’s nothing else like it.”
—A. K. Larkwood, author of The Unspoken Name

Cover art by Cynthia Sheppard; Design by Chrsotine Foltzer

Emily Tesh, winner of the Astounding Award and a Crawford Award finalist, is the author of the World Fantasy Award-winning Greenhollow Duology, which begins with the novella Silver in the Wood and concludes with Drowned CountrySome Desperate Glory is her first novel.


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