Things They Buried

Things They Buried

4.47 (38 ratings by Goodreads)
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Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2019

"...uses dazzling worldbuilding and a hodgepodge of characters, cultures, and fantastic species to tell a powerful, human story. ... The worldbuilding is nearly flawless in its execution, which will entice readers to immerse themselves in the story... The intriguing plot makes excellent use of its primary characters, resulting in a breathtaking, harmonious read. An empathetic, complex, and offbeat tale."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"The creepy threats and fierce fights in this densely imagined novel will gratify fans of dark fantasy, especially those who want real depth in between thrills."
--BookLife

Under the dirty streets of Ismae's greatest port city, an old nightmare waits for Sylandair and Aliara, one that is stealing Dockhaven's children, one only they can end.

When the pair escaped their owner and abuser years ago, they left him behind in a ball of blue flame, but as more children disappear near the city's desalinization plant, their suspicions turn to the predator they believed dead. Accompanied by their less-than-reliable puka scout Schmalch, they delve into the forgotten depths of the patchwork city. Their search will lead to a twisting world of corruption and experimentation, uncover horrors greater than any they imagined, and summon memories they never wanted to exhume.

A dark science fantasy action adventure, Things They Buried is the first full-length novel of Ismae, a world where science sometimes appears as magic and history as myth, where monsters make themselves and heroes are wholly unintentional.

This novel contains adult themes and violence.

Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2019
Official Selection, New Apple Literary, Action/Adventure Category
Finalist, Kindle Book Reviews, Sci-fi/Fantasy Category
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Product details

  • Paperback | 508 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 29mm | 572g
  • English
  • 2 Illustrations
  • 1733578307
  • 9781733578301

Review quote

"King and Swanson's debut sci-fi/fantasy novel uses dazzling worldbuilding and a hodgepodge of characters, cultures, and fantastic species to tell a powerful, human story. ... The worldbuilding is nearly flawless in its execution, which will entice readers to immerse themselves in the story and acclimate themselves to its strangeness as they go. ... The intriguing plot makes excellent use of its primary characters, resulting in a breathtaking, harmonious read.
"An empathetic, complex, and offbeat tale."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"This is how you write a dark fantasy world! This is how you deliver diverse and complex characters to your readers. This novel was excellent and a breath of fresh air. It is a mix of dark fantasy, sci-fi and horror. Everything had meaning and was backed up by strong dialogue between characters."
--Sam Cooke, Bookstagrammer @ReadNext

"Things They Buried is one of those books that combines creative world building with fantastically drawn out characters. ... It has such creative elements, with the sci-fi and steampunk elements intermixed with the lowest of fantasy elements in such a way they just fit, even when they shouldn't. It is definitely up there with some of the great fantasy settings."
--Steve Caldwell, The Bookwyrm Speaks and Fantasy Focus
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Rating details

38 ratings
4.47 out of 5 stars
5 61% (23)
4 29% (11)
3 8% (3)
2 3% (1)
1 0% (0)
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