In the third exhilarating novel in this dazzling epic fantasy series, a young outcast will fight against staggering odds to save her world.
On the planet Abeth, a narrow Corridor of green land is surrounded on all sides by ice plains where only the strong survive. Ice triber Yaz has completed a perilous journey and arrived at the Corridor, and it exceeds and overwhelms all of her expectations. Everything seems different but some constants remain: her old enemies are still two steps ahead, bent on her destruction. She makes her way to the Convent of Sweet Mercy, where nuns train young girls who show the old gifts, but like the Corridor itself the convent is packed with peril and opportunity. Yaz has much to learn from the nuns—if they don’t decide to execute her.
The fate of everyone squeezed between the Corridor’s vast walls, and ultimately the fate of those laboring to survive out on ice itself, hangs from the moon, and the battle to save the moon centers on the Ark of the Missing, buried beneath the emperor’s palace. Everyone wants Yaz to be the key that will open the Ark – the one the wise have sought for generations. But sometimes wanting isn’t enough.
About the Author
Mark Lawrence was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, to British parents but moved to the UK at the age of one. After earning a PhD in mathematics at Imperial College London, he went back to the US to work on a variety of research projects, including the “Star Wars” missile-defense program. Since returning to the UK, he has worked mainly on image processing and decision/reasoning theory. He never had any ambition to be a writer, so he was very surprised when a half-hearted attempt to find an agent turned into a global publishing deal overnight. His first trilogy, The Broken Empire, has been universally acclaimed as a groundbreaking work of fantasy, and both Emperor of Thorns and The Liar’s Key have won the David Gemmell Legend Award for best fantasy novel. Mark is married, with four children, and lives in Bristol.
Praise for The Girl and the Moon
“A spectacular piece of writing and demonstrative of the consistently high standard readers have come to expect from Mark Lawrence."–Grimdark Magazine
“Lawrence continues to combine stunningly original worldbuilding and multifaceted characters in his third Book of Ice fantasy.”--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Lawrence knows how to balance conflict and character development with the central mystery. He juggles the personal and the epic with admirable skill and leads his characters to a deeply satisfying, well-earned conclusion."–Fantasy Book Critic
Additional Praise for Mark Lawrence
“An excellent writer.”—George R. R. Martin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Dance with Dragons
“Mark Lawrence has evolved into a master of his craft. In Red Sister he has produced a novel that is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining, and as poignant as it is ferocious. Highly recommended.”—Anthony Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Black Song
“Lawrence’s suspenseful account of Nona’s efforts to complete her training and gain control over her powers balances action and introspection, and will keep readers hooked.”—Publishers Weekly
“Lawrence expertly plays with time and readers’ expectations. . . . A crackling good adventure with a rich mythological background.”—Booklist