Thomas Dunne Books and Tor UK are excited to present The Godless by Ben Peek, the first novel in a new epic fantasy series set in an enthralling world of dying gods and humans who have been blessed—or cursed—with strange powers that come from the decaying bodies of the lost deities.
We have the final covers for both the U.S. and U.K. editions, along with a chance for you to win an early copy of The Godless right now!
Check out the cover for U.K. edition of The Godless, with art by Alejandro Colucci:
Tor UK editor Julie Crisp knew she wanted the cover to feature one of the novel’s three main characters, and decided on Ayae, the heroine who discovers fire cannot harm her, because, “Well—she’s really cool!” Then Tor UK took to their blog to ask readers which cover design they preferred, eventually deciding on the title (originally Immolation), type, and figure perspective shown above.
And here’s your first, exclusive look at the cover for the U.S. edition of The Godless:
Designer Ervin Serrano and Thomas Dunne editor Peter Wolverton decided to focus on Ayae’s flaming sword, which she wields in defense of her home city of Mireea, built against a huge stone wall that stretches across a vast mountain range, following the massive fallen body of the god, Ger.
The Godless is the first book in the Children trilogy, and will be out in both the U.S. and the U.K. this August. Ben Peek’s previous works include the autobiography Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth, the dystopian novel Black Sheep, and the flip novel Above/Below, which John Scalzi says “continues to press the nerd pleasure centers of my brain.” His short story collection, Dead Americans, is available now from ChiZine. Below is the synopsis for the first installment in his new series:
Fifteen thousand years after the War of the Gods and their corpses now lie scattered across the world, slowly dying as men and women awake with strange powers that are derived from their bodies. While some see these powers as a gift, most call them a curse.
When Ayae, a young cartographer’s apprentice in the city of Mireea, is trapped in a burning building she is terrified as this dormant power comes to life within her. The flames destroy everything around her but she remains unscathed: fire cannot touch her. This curse makes her a target for the army marching on her home, an army determined to reclaim the corpse of the God Ger, who lies dying beneath the city, and harness his power for themselves.
Zaifyr, a man adorned in the ancient charms, also arrives in Mireea. His arrival draws the attention of two of the ’children of the gods’, Fo and Bau, powerful, centuries old beings who consider themselves immortal. All three will offer different visions for Ayae’s powers, and whatever choice she makes will result in new enemies.
Meanwhile, as the army approaches ever closer to Mirea, the saboteur Bueralan and Dark, his mercenary group, look to infiltrate and learn their weaknesses. Alone in a humid, dangerous land, they find themselves witness to rites so appalling they realize it would take the Gods themselves to halt the enemy’s attack—and even they may not be enough.
We want to give you a copy of the book right now, and are opening up the chance to win to entrants from the U.S., Canada (excluding Quebec), and the United Kingdom for this special sweepstakes. Four lucky winners in the U.S. or Canada will win a galley of The Godless from Thomas Dunne Books, and four winners in the U.K. will win a galley from Tor UK!
THE RULES: The first eight people to email their name and address (specifying U.S., Canada, or U.K.) to sweepstakes [at] tor DOT com will receive one ARC of the book listed above. Please make the subject of your email “The Godless.” Good luck! Do not comment in this post for the sweepstakes, and for safety reasons PLEASE DO NOT leave your address in the comments