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Head of Zeus
The Stitcher and the Mute
12 Nov 2020 * HARDBACK * £18.99 * 9781789542523

The second novel in the fantasy crime trilogy from two rising stars in the genre.

Fiction / FM (Fantasy)
Extent: 496 pages  Format: 228 x 145 mm
Exclusive: GB CA AU NZ IN ZA SG US
Widow's Welcome
Farewell to the Liar
Also in Tales of Fenest series
The Stitcher and the MuteTales of Fenest, 2by D.K. Fields

'Melding noir with the fantasy genre, this is a rather clever read, one which feels especially prescient for our reality' SCIFINOW

There's power in stories,
but stories can be silenced.

It's election year and the streets of Fenest are filled with people from every corner of the Union of Realms. But this year is different. The Wayward storyteller has been murdered. Detective Cora Gorderheim has found the man responsible, but now he's dead too, and it's clear that the silenced Wayward is just a small part of a much bigger tale.

As her investigation digs ever deeper, Cora pieces together a conspiracy that will take her from the gutter dwellers of the Union right to the top. A conspiracy that will force her to return to her own story, to its very beginning, if she is to have any say in its end.

Widow's Welcome, the first book in the Tales of Fenest trilogy, is available now.

'It's rare to find such a richly imagined world about the art of myth and storytelling' CHRISTOPHER FOWLER

'Like a Philip Pullman rendition of Cloud Atlas. Widow's Welcome is an irresistibly thrilling introduction to a world of stories within stories – and I can't wait for more' TIM MAJOR

'There is more than meets the eye in this gripping and inventive debut ... Rife with intrigue, deceit and cultural tension' JAMES AITCHESON

'An utterly absorbing tale set in a fascinating world. A terrific start to the series' MICK FINLAY

'If you love storytelling, you'll love this' SIMON MORDEN

D.K. Fields is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of novelists David Towsey and Katherine Stansfield. The couple are originally from the south west of England, and now live in Cardiff. The first two books in the Tales of Fenest trilogy, Widow's Welcome and The Stitcher and the Mute, are also available from Head of Zeus.

Second novel in the Tales of Fenest trilogy.

Brilliant mash-up of crime and SFF: perfect book club Waterstones read.

From two savvy, hardworking authors at the start of their SFF career.

MARKET: The Power; The Broken Earth; Hyperion.


'Melding noir with the fantasy genre, this is a rather clever read, one which feels especially prescient for our reality' SciFiNow

'This volume more than lives up to the promise of volume one' Crime Review

'As a mix of fantasy and crime, the focus was nice and balanced ... An ideal middle book for a series, the details about the previous book are perfectly scattered so there are no important moments missed ... The familial ties in the novel are beautifully done, with the links just distant enough that they are unlikely to be predicted; even by the experienced crime novel fan' New Welsh Review

PRAISE FOR WIDOW'S WELCOME:
'It's rare to find such a richly imagined world about the art of myth and storytelling' Christopher Fowler.
'Like a Philip Pullman rendition of Cloud Atlas. Widow's Welcome is an irresistibly thrilling introduction to a world of stories within stories – and I can't wait for more' Tim Major.
'There is more than meets the eye in this gripping and inventive debut ... Rife with intrigue, deceit and cultural tension' James Aitcheson.
'An utterly absorbing tale set in a fascinating world. A terrific start to the series' Mick Finlay.
'If you love storytelling, you'll love this'
Simon Morden

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