Gollancz excited to published debut author Thomas N. Toner

Posted: June 19, 2014 in Press release, Sci-Fi
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Gollancz, part of the Orion Publishing Group, sent out a press release today concerning the acquisition of the rights to a new space opera trilogy, penned by 27-year old, debuting author Thomas N. Toner.

Gollancz Associate Publisher, Simon Spanton said: “The first pages of Tom’s book made me sit up. The third chapter was a revelation. By fifty pages I was sunk, lost. When I came out the other side of this gorgeous labyrinthine book I knew that Tom was a unique talent and that if Gollancz were able to acquire it we’d have a book quite unlike any other SF novel that I’ve read. I’m utterly delighted that we were able to buy it and that we could welcome Tom to the Gollancz list.”

Check out the blurb below:

THE PROMISE OF THE CHILD is a space opera epic in the grandest tradition of Iain M. Banks’ Culture series or Asimov’s Foundation novels, written in a vivid prose reminiscent of David Mitchell.

THE PROMISE OF THE CHILD is a stunning feat of imagination – set against the epic scope of that backdrop ranging from 14th-century Prague, to a lonely cove near the Mediterranean Sea, to the 147th-century Amaranthine Firmament, Toner crafts an intelligent space opera filled with gripping action and an emotional scale that is wonderfully intimate.

The novel follows Lycaste, a lovesick recluse living in a forgotten Mediterranean cove who is renowned throughout the distorted people of the Old World for his beauty, and Sotiris Gianakos, a 12,000-year-old Cypriote grieving the loss of his sister, a principled man who will change Lycaste’s life forever. Their stories, and others, become darkly entwined when Aaron the Longlife – the Usurper, a man who is not quite a man – makes a claim to the Amaranthine throne that threatens to throw the delicate political balance of the known galaxy into ruin.


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