"Winter Tide is a weird, lyrical mystery truly strange and compellingly grim. It's an innovative gem that turns Lovecraft on his head with cleverness and heart" Cherie Priest
First time in paperback! The last daughter of Innsmouth returns to Miskatonic University in this bold and compassionate new take on the Cthulhu mythos.
After attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928, the U.S. government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god Cthulhu. Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps, and they emerged without a past or a future.
The government that stole Aphra's life now needs her help. FBI agent Ron Spector believes that Communist spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from Miskatonic University, secrets that could turn the Cold War hot in an instant, and hasten the end of the human race.
Aphra must return to the ruins of her home, gather scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkness of human nature.
Winter Tide is the debut novel from Ruthanna Emrys. It is the first book in the Innsmouth Legacy series.
THE INNSMOUTH LEGACY
Book 1: Winter Tide
Book 2: Deep Roots
About the Author
RUTHANNA EMRYS lives in a mysterious manor house on the outskirts of Washington, DC with her wife and their large, strange family. She makes home-made vanilla, obsesses about game design, gives unsolicited advice, and occasionally attempts to save the world. Her stories have appeared in a number of venues, including Strange Horizons, Analog, and Tor.com. Winter Tide is her first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wonderful satisfying twist in the Lovecraft universe. Great characters and a truly interesting plot. I'm definitely looking forward more by this author.
... but the second half was too cliche for my liking.
Should we be surprised to read that the denizens of Innsmouth and Y'ha-nthlei don't think of themselves as hideous hybrids of fish and frog and man? Or that they call themselves Chyrlid Ajha, People of the Water, rather than the perhaps overly poetic Deep Ones? Or that to them the name Devil Reef just doesn't cut it? They say Union Reef -- they're not devils, after all, and that jagged upthrust of rock is the meeting place between earth and ocean, the land-bound spawning grounds and the promise of future glory that is their undersea outpost off Massachusetts. No. No, we shouldn't be surprised at all. As natural as it may be for us land-based readers to enjoy a good scare at their expense, the People of the Water are our first cousins, separated from us by a mere tick or two of cosmic time, along with those other first cousins, the People of the Rock, aka the Mad Ones under the Earth. So it is written in the Archives of the Yith, who mentally span all time and space, and so says Aphra Marsh, born of Innsmouth, nearly martyred in the desert, now returned to Arkham to recover her family's stolen legacy. That Aphra Marsh? Yes, that Aphra Marsh, whom we first met in "The Litany of the Earth". If you've yet to read this novelette, link to it and enjoy. Then, if you love "Litany" as much as I and many other readers have, you're in for an extended feast in Ruthanna Emrys's first novel,Winter Tide. With its focus on character and the tender growth of personal bonds into deep strong interlocking roots, this is a book to savor slowly, and to ponder. The writing itself is tender without sentimentality and deep without obscurity. How Aphra finds the courage to rebuild her community is the adventure of this book, and one that only begins here, may the Outer Gods be thanked!