Friday, July 24, 2015

Announcing THE PRINCE OF FISHES by Suzannah Rowntree

Well, I know a lot of you are still chewing through Pendragon's Heir, but for those of you who've finished with my pride and joy, I'm super excited to be publishing my next novella, The Prince of Fishes, a week from now on Friday, July 31. Mark your calendars!


THE PRINCE OF FISHES

In Constantinople, the Queen of Cities, poverty-stricken Michael the Fisherman and his wife Eudokia dream of a better life for their family. When Michael catches a fish that is able to grant wishes, he and Eudokia finally get their chance to taste the wealth and power of their wildest dreams. But will their ambition destroy the city and cost them everything they hold dear?

An epic clockpunk retelling of the Grimms' fairytale The Fisherman and His Wife, set against the theological turmoil and imperial grandeur of 700s Byzantium. Novella, approximately 33,000 words.

Releases on Kindle Friday, July 31

12 comments:

Jamie W. said...

How exciting! You have one purchaser signed up already. I expect it to be considerably more fun than Gibbon, my last exposure to the Byzantine Empire...

Not that Gibbon doesn't have his points.

Hanna said...

Congratulations on finishing another book! Growing up, "The Fisherman and His Wife" was one of my favorite stories, so this sounds really interesting to me. I have to ask though, what is "clockpunk"?

Jamie W. said...

Hanna: I think it's like steampunk except with clockwork. Basically it's an alternate development of how a certain technology (clockwork, steam engines, whatever) might have become a dominant technology that would do the kinds of things we use electricity for today. Basically, some alternate-history speculation combined with large admixtures of intentional, fun anachronism.

It's a bit hard to explain, so if I've got it all wrong, Suzannah, feel free to set me right. :-)

Suzannah said...

Hanna, I am amazed. Someone else who knows "The Fisherman and His Wife"? I loved it too growing up, but I never thought anyone else would know anything about it!!! What a thrill. I hope it exceeds your expectations :D.

Jamie, I hope you like it!

Your definition of clockpunk sounds pretty good to me. Like steampunk, it's retrofuturistic--so one imagines the technology of the past having been developed much further than it actually was at the time. The difference between steampunk and clockpunk is that steampunk focuses on a Victorian aesthetic and uses Victorian-age technology, especially steam; while clockpunk often focuses on Renaissance and Baroque-era technology, especially clockwork. Early medieval Byzantium ACTUALLY was pretty clockpunkish all on its own--they developed all kinds of fascinating technology using clockwork, among other things--the famous Greek fire was just the tip of the iceberg.

My brother does inform me that clockpunk and steampunk requires a certain attitude (the "punk" bit) on top of the technological retrofuturism, and I don't think my story has much attitude, but "clockpunk" is still a handy genre descriptor anyway.

Yvette Willemse said...

Marvellous, congratulations. I too have enjoyed the story of The Fisherman and His Wife. She was such a nag!

Suzannah said...

You too, Yvette? Oh, what fun - I look forward to hearing how you like this retelling!

I have to say, in my fairy tale retellings, I've been most drawn to the more obscure stories. It's wonderful to find others who love the same tales!

Janie said...

I might have to scrape up some money and give this one a try. I'm definitely intrigued.

Suzannah said...

Glad to hear it, Janie! I do have one spare review copy left which you could have for free if you so desired. :)

Janie said...

Is it in e-book form? If so, I would happily write a review/help promote your book on my blog in exchange for the book.

Suzannah said...

It sure is. Email me at rosa.gaudea(at)gmail(dot)com with your preferred format and I'll shoot it through.

Yvette Willemse said...

I read the Grimm brothers' complete works, and this tale was one of theirs originally, it seems. Or perhaps they just stole it from somewhere and retold it as they liked. Who knows where these things originate? They also told the closest version we can get to the original of Beauty and the Beast. Yes, I shall definitely have to have a read. I can purchase it at some point if you like, or I can write you a review like your friend above, in exchange for a free Kindle. I'm currently reading War of the Worlds, but when I've finished that, I'd be open to reviewing this one on writersanctuary.net, which is receiving about forty views daily at the moment (one hundred when I post). It feeds straight into my Twitter, where I have about fifteen hundred followers.

Suzannah said...

Thanks for the offer, Yvette! Check your mail :)

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