Before God created the earth as we know it, the planet was home to a race of monsters. In order to prepare for humans, He either banished or killed most of these native creatures. Those who remain in exile have not forgotten. One ancient tale encourages their vengeance, speaking of an angel with the power to wipe out a quarter of the world's population. Together, the old ones form a plot to catch this being and use him to reassert their reign.But not every prophecy is a promise. Down in coastal Florida, a handful of unwilling heroes is preparing to intervene. One of these sits frozen in stone, mistaken for a statue and abandoned in a courtyard for several years. Though Nia finds it difficult to believe, that strange prison was her sanctuary - a cocoon that transformed and protected her until her story could truly begin."Fathom" is an unapologetic mix of horror and urban fantasy that will appeal to fans of both genres. The book is a sexy biblical monster story that will enthral readers who appreciate a good fairy tale with an unusual point of view.
- Hardback | 368 pages
- 142.24 x 215.9 x 35.56mm | 476.27g
- 16 Jan 2009
- St Martin's Press
- Tor Books
- New York, United States
"Priest kills as a stylist." --"Charles de Lint""Chock-full of chilling details and soaked to the bone with suspense." --"Southern Living "on" Not Flesh Nor Feathers""Well-written, quick paced and detailed, every page is a shivering delight." --"BookPage" on "Not Flesh Nor Feathers""Cherie Priest is to dark fantasy what fresh roasted coffee is to mornings: simply essential." --Paul Goat Allen on "Wings to the Kingdom""A remarkably assured debut, a creepy modern-day Southern gothic that doesn't rely on cliche but delivers an emotional, powerful tale of self-discovery and the supernatural." --"San Francisco"" Chronicle "on "Four and Twenty Blackbirds""Breathlessly readable, palpably atmospheric and compellingly suspenseful, "Four and Twenty Blackbirds" is a considerable debut. It's written with great control and fluency, and it looks like the start of quite a career." --Ramsey Campbell"[Priest's] voice is rich, earthy, soulful, and deliciously southern as she weaves a disturbing yarn like a master! Awesome--gives you goosebumps!" --L.A. Banks on "Four and Twenty Blackbirds"
About Cherie Priest
Cherie Priest debuted to great acclaim with "Four and Twenty Blackbirds," "Wings to the Kingdom," and "Not Flesh Nor Feathers," a trilogy of Southern Gothic ghost stories featuring heroine Eden Moore. She is also the author of "Dreadnought" and "Boneshaker," which was nominated for a Nebula and Hugo Award, won the Locus Award for best science-fiction novel, and was named Steampunk Book of the Year by steampunk.com. Born in Tampa, Florida, Priest earned her master's in rhetoric at the University of Tennessee. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, Aric, and a fat black cat named Spain.