Nearly two years ago, Tor Books released Last Song Before Night, a lyrical epic fantasy set in a world where magic is created through the melding of music and poetry. A striking conceit to say the least, and Ilana C. Myer’s debut gave us much more than that: memorable characters, beautiful prose, and a complex plot, full of politics and history worthy of comparisons to Guy Gavriel Kay.
Next year, Myer returns to that world with Fire Dance, a standalone sequel with inspired by Al Andalus and medieval Baghdad. Today, we’re debuting the cover—which features a magical observatory!—with artwork by Stephen Martiniere. Check it out below the official summary, and preorder the book, available April 2018.
Palace intrigue, dark magic, and terrifying secrets drive the beautifully written standalone novel set in the world of Last Song Before Night.
Espionage, diplomacy, conspiracy, passion, and power are the sensuously choreographed steps of the soaring new high fantasy novel by Ilana C. Myer, one woman’s epic mission to stop a magical conflagration.
Lin, newly initiated in the art of otherwordly enchantments, is sent to aid her homeland’s allies against vicious attacks from the Fire Dancers: mysterious practitioners of strange and deadly magic. Forced to step into a dangerous waltz of tradition, treachery, and palace secrets, Lin must also race the ticking clock of her own rapidly dwindling life to learn the truth of the Fire Dancers’ war, and how she might prevent death on a scale too terrifying to contemplate.
Myer’s novel is a symphony of secret towers, desert winds, burning sands, blood and dust. Her prose soars, and fluid movements of the politically charged plot carry the reader toward a shocking crescendo.
“A wondrous world matched in beauty only by the prose in which it is sung. Ilana Myer is incredible.” –Ken Liu, Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Award winning author of The Grace of Kings
“Intricate, enthralling, and devastating–a haunting successor to Last Song Before Night.” –Yoon Ha Lee, author of the Locus Award winning Ninefox Gambit
“A brilliantly imagined page-turner…uses lush, lyrical prose to propel the reader through the machinations of a wildly original fantasy world. Highly recommended.” ―Scott Hawkins, author of The Library at Mount Char
“With its lush bouquet of elegance, intrigue, and passion, Fire Dance is Myer at her most intoxicating.” ―Mishell Baker, author of Borderline
“Sings of the atrocities of kings, the conspiracy of sorcerers, and the silk poison of palace intrigue…A triumph of insight and humanity.” ―Seth Dickinson, author of The Traitor Baru Cormorant