Friday, July 31, 2015

The Prince of Fishes is here!

I'm thrilled to announce the release of my latest little fairy tale retelling, 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.
This is a retelling of the Grimms' fairy tale "The Fisherman and His Wife". It's not one of the well-known princess stories, so Disney won't make a movie from it anytime soon; but it was a favourite of mine growing up, a fascinating trainwreck of a morality tale about the insatiability of ambition and the way that small sins lead step-by-step to immense sins. I was reading John Julius Norwich's Short History of Byzantium when I got the idea for this story in December last year--it seemed that only in early medieval Byzantium could such a story, with all its potential for epic and tragedy, conceivably have played out--and had a wonderful time retelling an old story in a very new way!



Rachel Heffington said...

Ohhhhhh, how CLEVER. I have always loved that particular fairytale and can't wait to read your version! Also, props for the cover design. It's immaculate.

Suzannah said...

Wow, you know about this fairy tale TOO? This pleases me to a ridiculous extent. QUICK, LET'S ALL WRITE RETELLINGS OF DESPERATELY OBSCURE FAIRY TALES.


Glad you like the cover design :D. I adore that part of the the point where I often rush off and design a cover before I've finished the first draft of what I'm writing. And now that I've ironed out a basic minimalist design, the process doesn't take me above ten minutes.

Jamie W. said...

Just finished The Prince of Fishes, and it's another brilliant success! I can't wait for future installments in the Fairy Tales Retold series. I think it's a very powerful format and you do an outstanding job.

And Rachel's right; the cover is gorgeous--as are all your covers, come to think of it.

Suzannah said...

So glad you liked it, Jamie :)

I'm hoping to release another in a few more months.


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