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New Treasures: Deep Roots by Ruthanna Emrys

Thursday, July 12th, 2018 | Posted by John ONeill

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Ruthanna Emrys’ tales of The Innsmouth Legacy began with “The Litany of Earth,” a novelette originally published at in May 2014, which picks up the threads of H.P. Lovecraft’s classic “The Shadow Over Innsmouth.” Aphra Marsh, who with the other residents of Innsmouth was forced into internment camps, discovers humans trying to replicate her people’s secret rituals, with sinister consequences. If it weren’t for the noxious Hugo-grab by the Rabid Puppies, it would almost certainly have ended up on the 2015 Hugo Award Ballot.

The story eventually grew into Winter Tide, one of NPR’s Best Books of 2017, which Liz Bourke called “an exceptionally accomplished debut.” Like a Great Old One emerging out of the Pacific, the tale has continued to grow and spread. The sequel Deep Roots, the second volume in what’s now a planned trilogy, arrived in hardcover from Publications this week. Here’s the description.

[Click the images for Cthulhu-sized versions.]

Ruthanna Emrys’ Innsmouth Legacy, which began with Winter Tide and continues with Deep Roots, confronts H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos head-on, boldly upturning his fear of the unknown with a heart-warming story of found family, acceptance, and perseverance in the face of human cruelty and the cosmic apathy of the universe. Emrys brings together a family of outsiders, bridging the gaps between the many people marginalized by the homogenizing pressure of 1940s America.

Aphra Marsh, descendant of the People of the Water, has survived Deep One internment camps and made a grudging peace with the government that destroyed her home and exterminated her people on land. Deep Roots continues Aphra’s journey to rebuild her life and family on land, as she tracks down long-lost relatives. She must repopulate Innsmouth or risk seeing it torn down by greedy developers, but as she searches she discovers that people have been going missing. She will have to unravel the mystery, or risk seeing her way of life slip away.

Booklist says “Deep Roots is a marvel of a fantasy novel, with monsters fighting for their very existence and a place to call their own.” It was published by Publications on July 10, 2018. It is 352 pages, priced at $26.99 in hardcover and $13.99 for the digital edition. The cover is by John Jude Palencar. Read more at The Verge.

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  1. I really have to read these — I listened to “Litany of Earth” when it was included on the Rocket Talk podcast and thought it was a great story.

    Comment by Joe H. - July 12, 2018 12:02 pm

  2. Just finished Winter Tide. It’s just the story we need right now.

    Comment by Sarah Avery - July 12, 2018 12:18 pm

  3. > I listened to “Litany of Earth” when it was included on the
    > Rocket Talk podcast and thought it was a great story.


    Thanks for the reminder on Rocket Talk! I just started listening to podcasts on my commute, and this one will make a great one to check out this week.

    Comment by John ONeill - July 12, 2018 4:30 pm

  4. > Just finished Winter Tide. It’s just the story we need right now.


    That’s a great endorsement. I will put the minions to work, to entice you to do a review for us.

    Comment by John ONeill - July 12, 2018 4:35 pm

  5. Sadly, Rocket Talk seems to have podfaded — the last episode was in August of 2016.

    Here’s a direct link to the episode.

    Comment by Joe H. - July 12, 2018 8:30 pm

  6. Thanks Joe! I tried to find the episode using my iPhone Downcast client, but they don’t go back far enough. :(

    Comment by John ONeill - July 13, 2018 11:57 pm

  7. Yeah, I’ve run into the same issue with some other podcasts (Talking Simpsons being the current example); I usually end up just downloading the file directly onto my PC and importing it into iTunes as a “song” which gets the job done but is strangely … unsatisfying as a solution.

    Comment by Joe H. - July 14, 2018 12:59 am

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