The End of the Improbable Road: Revealing Under the Smokestrewn Sky by A. Deborah Baker |

The End of the Improbable Road: Revealing Under the Smokestrewn Sky by A. Deborah Baker

The end of the improbable road…

We’re thrilled to reveal the cover of A. Deborah Baker’s Under the Smokestrewn Sky, the series finale of the popular Up-and-Under quartet from multi award-winning author Seanan McGuire under an open pseudonym—forthcoming October 17, 2023 from Tordotcom Publishing.

Since stumbling from their world into the Up-and-Under, Avery and Zib have walked the improbable road across forests, seas, and skies, finding friends in the unlikeliest of places and enemies great in number, as they make their way toward the Impossible City in the hope of finding their way home.

But the final part of their journey is filled with danger and demise. Not everyone will make it through unscathed. Not everyone will make it through alive.

The final part of the enchanting Up and Under quartet reminds us of the value of friendship and the price one sometimes pays for straying from the path. No one’s safety can be guaranteed under the smokestrewn sky.

Cover art and design by David Curtis

A. Deborah Baker is a pen-name of Seanan McGuire, the author of Middlegame, the Hugo, Nebula, Alex and Locus Award-winning Wayward Children series, the October Daye series, the InCryptid series, and other works. She also writes darker fiction as Mira Grant. Seanan lives in Seattle with her cats, a vast collection of creepy dolls, horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She won the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2013 became the first person to appear five times on the same Hugo ballot. In 2022 she managed the same feat, again!


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