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Future Treasures: A Tyranny of Queens, Book 2 of The Manifold Worlds, by Foz Meadows

Thursday, April 20th, 2017 | Posted by John ONeill

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Foz Meadows, who’s been nominated for a 2017 Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer, wraps up her 2-volume Portal Fantasy The Manifold Worlds with A Tyranny of Queens, arriving in mass market paperback from Angry Robot next month. When she signed a 2-book deal with Angry Robot in 2015, Foz wrote,

After years of quietly (and sometimes not so quietly) obsessing over magic portals, feminism and adventuring ladies, I’m delighted to announce that Angry Robot has decided to enable me in these endeavours. An Accident of Stars is the book I desperately wanted to read, but couldn’t possibly have written, at sixteen – and, as you may have guessed, it features (among a great many other things) magic portals, feminism and adventuring ladies. I’m immensely excited to share it with you, and I look forward to collaborating in its production with our glorious Robot Overlords, who only asked in exchange a very small blood sacrifice and part ownership of my soul.

A Tyranny of Queens arrives on May 2.

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Here’s the description for An Accident of Stars.

When Saffron Coulter stumbles through a hole in reality, she finds herself trapped in Kena, a magical realm on the brink of civil war.

There, her fate becomes intertwined with that of three very different women: Zech, the fast-thinking acolyte of a cunning, powerful exile; Viya, the spoiled, runaway consort of the empire-building ruler, Vex Leoden; and Gwen, an Earth-born worldwalker whose greatest regret is putting Leoden on the throne. But Leoden has allies, too, chief among them the Vex’Mara Kadeja, a dangerous ex-priestess who shares his dreams of conquest.

Pursued by Leoden and aided by the Shavaktiin, a secretive order of storytellers and mystics, the rebels flee to Veksh, a neighboring matriarchy ruled by the fearsome Council of Queens. Saffron is out of her world and out of her depth, but the further she travels, the more she finds herself bound to her friends with ties of blood and magic.

Can one girl – an accidental worldwalker — really be the key to saving Kena? Or will she just die trying?

And for A Tyranny of Queens.

Saffron Coulter has returned from the fantasy kingdom of Kena. Threatened with a stay in psychiatric care, Saffron has to make a choice: to forget about Kena and fit back into the life she’s outgrown, or pit herself against everything she’s ever known and everyone she loves.

Meanwhile in Kena, Gwen is increasingly troubled by the absence of Leoden, cruel ruler of the kingdom, and his plans for the captive worldwalkers, while Yena, still in Veksh, must confront the deposed Kadeja. What is their endgame? Who can they trust? And what will happen when Leoden returns?

Here’s the publishing deets.

An Accident of Stars (496 pages, August 2, 2016)
A Tyranny of Queens (448 pages, May 2, 2017)

Both books are $7.99 in paperback, and $6.99 in digital format. Both covers are by Julie Dillon.

Read an interview with Foz at the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy blog, and see all of our recent Future Treasures here.

6 Comments »

  1. How can someone published be a ‘fan writer’ ? Whatever that is…

    Comment by Barsoomia - April 20, 2017 10:57 am

  2. It sure would be nice to come across a fantasy novel or set that didn’t include an”agenda”.

    Comment by R.K. Robinson - April 20, 2017 12:31 pm

  3. > How can someone published be a ‘fan writer’ ?

    The “Fan Writer” Hugo is give out for writers who write about the genre in unpaid markets, like blogs. John Scalzi, Frederik Pohl, Kameron Hurley, and Jim C. Hines have all won this award in the past few years.

    Comment by John ONeill - April 20, 2017 1:18 pm

  4. > It sure would be nice to come across a fantasy novel or set that didn’t include an”agenda”.

    Yeah, I know what you mean. But all writers have an agenda… everyone has a point of view they’re trying to get across. I’ve reached the point where I appreciate those writers who are up front about it. :)

    Comment by John ONeill - April 20, 2017 1:19 pm

  5. “The “Fan Writer” Hugo is give out for writers who write about the genre in unpaid markets, like blogs. John Scalzi, Frederik Pohl, Kameron Hurley, and Jim C. Hines have all won this award in the past few years. ” – so a professional writer who wasn’t paid. Maybe they need another word for that ?

    Comment by Barsoomia - April 20, 2017 11:48 pm

  6. It’s a nominee who’s writing about fannish topics from a fannish perspective, for fannish amounts of remuneration (i.e. none), regardless of the nominee’s day job. Sometimes the nominee’s day job is as a published author of SF; other times, not so much. Regardless, in the context of the award, they’re being evaluated on the writing that they do as fans.

    Comment by Joe H. - April 20, 2017 11:58 pm


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