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The Monster of Elendhaven

(2019)
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“A black tide of perversity, violence, and lush writing. I loved it.” —Joe Hill

A Finalist for the 2019 Shirley Jackson Award!

Debut author Jennifer Giesbrecht paints a darkly compelling fantasy of revenge in The Monster of Elendhaven, a dark fantasy about murder, a monster, and the magician who loves both.


The city of Elendhaven sulks on the edge of the ocean. Wracked by plague, abandoned by the South, stripped of industry and left to die. But not everything dies so easily. A thing without a name stalks the city, a thing shaped like a man, with a dark heart and long pale fingers yearning to wrap around throats. A monster who cannot die. His frail master sends him out on errands, twisting him with magic, crafting a plan too cruel to name, while the monster’s heart grows fonder and colder and more cunning.

These monsters of Elendhaven will have their revenge on everyone who wronged the city, even if they have to burn the world to do it.

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Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Jennifer Giesbrecht's The Monster of Elendhaven is a gothic delight, dark as an oil-slick and iridescent with feral humour, bruise-violet prose, and a fascinatingly depraved tragic romance." - Indrapramit Das

"Jennifer Giesbrecht's The Monster of Elendhaven is a black tide of perversity, violence, and lush writing. I loved it." - Joe Hill

"Horror fans will want to grab this one -- Giesbrecht has an extremely compelling voice." - Kat Howard

"A tight, perfectly crafted story about retribution and what monsters deserve; stylish, quirky, and weirdly sexy? I'm into it." - R F Kuang

"Gorily gothic, darkly baroque, rotten with magic and shot with shafts of wicked humor, The Monster of Elendhaven is a perfect nightmare." - Margo Lanagan

"Delicate, jagged, and unrepentant, The Monster of Elendhaven has the linguistic febrility of Peake and the brutal sentiment of a gothic, perfectly framed in a secondary-world Hanseatic League setting that is as unusual as it is compelling." - Arkady Martine

"Pitch dark, whimsical, topical, wild, and lushly written, Jennifer Giesbrecht's The Monster of Elendhaven is the most reading fun you'll have this year." - Paul Tremblay

""I read The Monster of Elendhaven in a single vicious, delightful bite. What a dark gem of a book." - Kiersten White


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September 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Monster of Elendhaven
Author(s): Jennifer Giesbrecht
ISBN: 1-250-22568-X / 978-1-250-22568-9 (USA edition)
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September 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Author(s): Jennifer Giesbrecht
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September 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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September 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Monster of Elendhaven
Author(s): Jennifer Giesbrecht
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September 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Monster of Elendhaven
Author(s): Jennifer Giesbrecht
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September 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Monster of Elendhaven
Author(s): Jennifer Giesbrecht
Publisher: Tordotcom
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