Adrian Tchaikovsky

David Mark

Stand Alone Novels

Ilmar, City of Long Shadows. 

City of Bad Decisions.

City of Last Chances.

There has always been a darkness to Ilmar, but never more so than now. The city chafes under the heavy hand of the Palleseen occupation, the choke-hold of its criminal underworld, the boot of its factory owners, the weight of its wretched poor and the burden of its ancient curse.

What will be the spark that lights the conflagration?

Despite the city's refugees, wanderers, murderers, madmen, fanatics and thieves, the catalyst, as always, will be the Anchorwood – that dark grove of trees, that primeval remnant, that portal, when the moon is full, to strange and distant shores.

Ilmar, some say, is the worst place in the world and the gateway to a thousand worse places.

Tag: Les Miserables meets Casablanca with magic.

Four years ago, two girls went looking for monsters on Bodmin Moor. 

Only one came back.

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Mal and Lee were fearless cryptid hunters, until an excursion on Bodmin Moor left Lee traumatised and Mal missing, presumed dead. Now Mal’s back from somewhere else, because the seams between the Earth’s different histories are coming undone, opening the way to all manner of worlds where the history of the planet went very differently. 

Tag: Espionage and evolution clash in a secret battle over the world’s many futures.

Winner: Sidewise Awards 2021

Nominated: Philip K. Dick Award 2021

Nominated: British Science Fiction Awards 2021

Doors of Eden is available in the following languages: Italian, Hungarian, German and further language translations are expected in 2024.

The sun is bloated, diseased, dying perhaps. Beneath its baneful light, Shadrapar, last of all cities, harbours fewer than 100,000 human souls.

In the end days of the world, Stefan Advani is exiled from Shadrapar, last city of humanity, to the Island prison, deep in the terrifying jungles that are running riot over the world. A pampered academic, he must learn how to survive the guards, his fellow prisoners and the voracious world outside, if he ever wants to make it back. But Stefan knows more about the world and its mechanisms than anyone guesses, and it’s not certain whether he, or his home city, is in greater danger.

Tag: A dying-earth science fiction novel

Short-listed for the Arthur C Clarke Award 2020

The first casualty of war is truth . . .

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Lascanne and Denland are locked in a bitter war after revolutionaries overthrew and murdered Denland’s king. Emily Marshwic, gentlewoman, fights at home with the corrupt governor Northway in a land where most of the men have been called to the front. When she has own chance to serve the king, she doesn’t hesitate. After all, everyone knows the war will soon be won. 

Tag: Pride and Extreme Prejudice; Jane Austen meets Bernard Cornwell.

The path to victory will only be seen through a spider's eyes...

There is a dark lord to be defeated. There is a prophecy specifying how it can be done. There is mention of a spider. So begins the journey of Enth, least of his mother’s seething brood, as he becomes an entirely unwilling member of an adventuring party on its way to probably greatness. 

Standalone novel – Heroic Fantasy/Comedy


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