Mark Lawrence's new trilogy is a departure from his usual blend of fantasy and science-fiction in fantastic lands to pure science-fiction set in South London in the 80s. 47North is publishing the first two volumes, ONE WORD KILL and LIMITED WISH, in 2019 and DISPEL ILLUSION in early 2020.
ONE WORD KILL will be available on the 1st of May but you can already read first impressions:
- The Fantasy Hive: "In One Word Kill, Lawrence grabs familiar science fiction conventions by the tail and gives them his own distinctive and brilliantly written twists. This is a book full of well-crafted, credible characters whom the reader quickly cares about; who are confronting life-threatening dilemmas and facing villains the reader will be desperate to see defeated. In short, it’s an enthralling tale about people challenged by dire adversity, and isn’t that at the heart of every great story?"
- Fantasy Book Review: "An exceptional adventure featuring time travel, a gang of geeks that's cleverly composed, thrilling and will hopefully aid Lawrence's to rise to the top of the game in another genre. I loved it."
In January 1986, fifteen-year-old boy-genius Nick Hayes discovers he’s dying. And it isn’t even the strangest thing to happen to him that week.
Nick and his Dungeons & Dragons-playing friends are used to living in their imaginations. But when a new girl, Mia, joins the group and reality becomes weirder than the fantasy world they visit in their weekly games, none of them are prepared for what comes next. A strange—yet curiously familiar—man is following Nick, with abilities that just shouldn’t exist. And this man bears a cryptic message: Mia’s in grave danger, though she doesn’t know it yet. She needs Nick’s help—now.
He finds himself in a race against time to unravel an impossible mystery and save the girl. And all that stands in his way is a probably terminal disease, a knife-wielding maniac and the laws of physics. Challenge Accepted.
You can pre-order it here.