|The Queen's Adept|
(The Queen's Adept /1)
English version by Rodolfo Martínez with assistance from Jordi Balcells and Steve Redwood
Illustration and cover design by: Alejandro Terán
Release date: Mayo, 2012
ISBN paperback: 9788493988579
ISBN ebook: 9788493920388
Pages : 376
Paperback: 15.00 €
Ebook: 1.49 €
The People's Covenant and God's Hammer have raged a Cold War that has lasted for over twenty years. A war without armies, where battles are fought in the dark and information is the most dangerous weapon.
In this world —which sometimes seems the Middle Ages, sometimes the Renaissance and sometimes the Nineteenth Century— lives Yáxtor Brandan, empirical adept at the service of the Queen of Alboné. A relentless, amoral and unscrupulous character, Yáxtor fights to recover his own past as he tries to prevent a new player in the espionage game to end the world, as he knows it.
A fascinating fast-moving and complex plot, full of tension and surprises and excellently paced; a main character for whom it should be impossible to feel the slightest sympathy, and yet somehow we do, even as his cruelty disturbs us more and more –an extremely difficult feat to pull off so successfully; powerful secondary actors, who either leave you with a sense of uneasiness with regard to their motivations and loyalties, or make you want to shout out –as people did in the early days of cinema- “Look out, don’t trust him!”; and a pervading atmosphere of tragedy, especially in a final unexpected and shocking, yet on reflection almost inevitable, scene. In short, a totally addictive and highly original novel set in a world that is at once both strangely familiar and disturbingly alien.
—Steve Redwood, author of Fisher of Devils
A remarkable story by the award-winning Spanish author Rodolfo Martínez, The Queen’s Adept expertly mixes the fantasy and spy thriller genres to create a unique take on religious conflict, our perception of reality, and the manipulation of memory. Thankfully, Martínez’s sequel to this novel is coming out soon, because I seriously need to know what happens to these characters… (...) Like Cat’s Whirld, The Queen’s Adept doesn’t shy away from mixing genres and giving us characters who defy expectations. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in this cycle.
Rachel S. Cordasco en SF in Translation