Daniel Polansky’s first novel, Low Town, was followed by two sequels, Tomorrow the Killing (2012) and She Who Waits (2013). His recent entry in Tor.com‘s line of novellas, The Builders, is a dark anthropomorphic fantasy featuring a company of warriors keeping a low profile after being on the losing end of a grueling war. In our recent contest, in which we invited readers to summarize their favorite novella in one sentence, it was hands-down the most popular choice, with entries like these:
The Builders by Daniel Polansky is Beatrix Potter as directed by Sam Peckinpah — Greg Hersom
The Builders by Daniel Polansky: Redwall meets The Wild Bunch, and it all goes to hell — Rich Miller
The Builders is the best critter tale ever: Winnie the Pooh this ain’t! — Lee Hunter
His 2015 novel Those Above, the opening entry in The Empty Throne, was called “Machiavellian clockwork glory” by Mark Lawrence. The second and final novel in the series, Those Below, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK last month.
Here’s the description for the second book.
For centuries beyond counting, humanity has served the Others, god-like Eternals who rule from their cloud-capped mountain-city, building a civilization of unimagined beauty and unchecked viciousness. But all that is about to change. Bas Alyates, grizzled general of a thousand battles, has assembled a vast army with which to contend with the might of Those Above. Eudokia, Machiavellian matriarch and the power behind the Empty Throne, travels to the Roost, nominally to play peacemaker – but in fact to inspire the human population toward revolt. Deep in the dark byways of the mountain’s lower tiers, the urchin Pyre leads a band of fanatical revolutionaries in acts of terrorism against their inhuman oppressors. Against them, Calla, handmaiden of the Eternals’ king, fights desperately to stave off the rising tide of violence which threatens to destroy her beloved city. The story begun in Those Above comes to a stunning conclusion in this unforgettable battle for the hearts and minds of the human race, making The Empty Throne the most exciting epic fantasies of recent times.
And here’s the publishing deets for both books in the series. Both have been published (so far) exclusively in the UK.
Those Above (400 pages, £18.99 hardcover/£13.99 paperback/£8.99 digital, February 2015)
Those Below (368 pages, £18.99 hardcover/£14.99 paperback/no digital edition, March 2016)
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