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By Force Alone

(2020)
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A retelling of Arthurian myth for the age of Brexit and Trump, from World Fantasy Award-winner Lavie Tidhar, By Force Alone.

Everyone thinks they know the story of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table.

The fact is they don't know sh*t.

Arthur? An over-promoted gangster.
Merlin? An eldritch parasite.
Excalibur? A shady deal with a watery arms dealer.
Britain? A clogged sewer that Rome abandoned just as soon as it could.

A savage and cutting epic fantasy, equally poetic and profane, By Force Alone is at once a timely political satire, a magical adventure, and a subversive masterwork.

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Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Drawing on everything from wushu movies to The Wire by way of Tarkovsky and Tarantino, By Force Alone is wild, surprising and entertaining, and a hugely immersive read." - M R Carey

"Lavie Tidhar has created something wonderful, an extraordinary blend of history, legend, and sheer, lunatic inspiration. I loved it." - Christopher Farnsworth

"Utterly bonkers, utterly brilliant – a brutal, witty and slightly insane deconstruction of the Arthurian legend by way of Goodfellas, this is absolute bloody (and sweary) joy on the page." - Russel D McLean

"Tidhar turns King Arthur's court into a gangster's paradise, full of wheelings and dealings, and true grit. If the tale didn't go down like this, it should have." - Silvia Moreno-Garcia

"Lavie Tidhar has crafted a punk epic on the mouldering bones of legend and jolted it to life with ten thousand volts of knowing wit and fury. By Force Alone eviscerates the complacent posturing of the Arthurian myth, explodes the well-worn conventions of the tale and from the shiny jagged pieces assembles a wholly fresh rollercoaster ride of cheap violence, vicious magic and messy human truth." - Richard K Morgan

"A violent, funny, absurd epic – Tidhar remains an utterly original voice in contemporary fiction." - Daniel Polansky

"A twisted Arthur retelling mixing the historical and the magical with a very modern eye. Brutal and vicious, funny, Peaky Blinders of the Round Table." - Adrian Tchaikovsky

"A beautifully written and thrilling tale, soaked in gore and evocative historical detail, peppered with subtle humour. Tidhar storms the castle of Grimdark, sword dripping with blood, and makes a claim for its crown." - Angus Watson


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Hardback Editions

August 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: By Force Alone
Author(s): Lavie Tidhar
ISBN: 1-250-75345-7 / 978-1-250-75345-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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March 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: By Force Alone
Author(s): Lavie Tidhar
ISBN: 1-83893-127-9 / 978-1-83893-127-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Head of Zeus
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Paperback Editions

January 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: By Force Alone
Author(s): Lavie Tidhar
ISBN: 1-83893-129-5 / 978-1-83893-129-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


March 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: By Force Alone
Author(s): Lavie Tidhar
ISBN: 1-83893-128-7 / 978-1-83893-128-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


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August 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: By Force Alone
Author(s): Lavie Tidhar
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August 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: By Force Alone
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Title: By Force Alone
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Kindle Editions

August 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: By Force Alone
Author(s): Lavie Tidhar
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March 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: By Force Alone
Author(s): Lavie Tidhar
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU