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Smiler's Fair

Book 1 of The Hollow Gods

By Rebecca Levene

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SMILER'S FAIR - Book I of The Hollow Gods, the spectacular new epic fantasy series by Rebecca Levene.

Yron the moon god died, but now he's reborn in the false king's son. His human father wanted to kill him, but his mother sacrificed her life to save him. He'll return one day to claim his birthright. He'll change your life.

He'll change everything.

Smiler's Fair: the great moving carnival where any pleasure can be had, if you're willing to pay the price. They say all paths cross at Smiler's Fair. They say it'll change your life. For five people, Smiler's Fair will change everything.

In a land where unimaginable horror lurks in the shadows, where the very sun and moon are at war, five people - Nethmi, the orphaned daughter of a murdered nobleman, who in desperation commits an act that will haunt her forever. Dae Hyo, the skilled warrior, who discovers that a lifetime of bravery cannot make up for a single mistake. Eric, who follows his heart only to find that love exacts a terrible price. Marvan, the master swordsman, who takes more pleasure from killing than he should. And Krish, the humble goatherd, with a destiny he hardly understands and can never accept - will discover just how much Smiler's Fair changes everything.

Biographical Notes

Rebecca Levene is an experienced author of fiction and non-fiction and has written scripts for TV and video games, including one voiced by Mickey Rourke. She began her career writing media tie-ins for properties ranging from Doctor Who to the Final Destination movies. More recently, she haS published two original supernatural thrillers and a short story which the Guardian said, '...combines thwarted ambition and a gallery of fascinating secondary characters to wonderfully readable effect'. She is currently helping to storyline and script the hit app Zombies, Run!.

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  • ISBN: 9781444753684
  • Publication date: 31 Jul 2014
  • Page count: 416
  • Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
I owe Rebecca Levene my career. She's always been a creative powerhouse, and I'm excited by what she's going to do as a writer of epic fantasy. She should be on everyone's radar as one of the great new writers of the genre. — Paul Cornell, author of London Falling
All I know is that Rebecca Levene has written the most stunning first volume epic fantasy since Game of Thrones. It's a little bit grimdark, a little bit epic, and a whole lot of incredible. If George R.R. Martin wrote The Night Circus, Smiler's Fair would be the result. Go. Buy. It. — Staffer's Book Review
Smiler's Fair is the epic fantasy I've been waiting for - riveting, compelling and adventurous. — Pornokitsch
Fans of either Abraham or Abercrombie-fans of fantasy full stop, in fact-will find lots to like in Smiler's Fair. Its setting, its narrative, its characters-unlikeable as they are-all impress immensely, developed as they are with depth and discerning detail. In truth, the only complaint I'd make about the book is that there isn't more of it. — Tor.com
We can judge other-world fantasy by the extent we want to return to it - and I can't wait to book my ticket back to the next episode of this outstanding, multi-stranded debut. — Daily Mail
Little by little, as the narrative twists and turns, Levene reveals the depth and complexity of her created world and leaves the reader eager for the next instalment. — Guardian
This book is a perfect blend of epic and 'gritty' fantasy, combining the best aspects of the two genres. — Mithril Wisdom
The first volume of The Hollow Gods is consistently surprising, packing in plenty of character development, fast and brutal action. — SFX
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