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The Promise of the Child

(2015)
(The first book in the Amaranthine Spectrum series)
A novel by

 
 
'among the most significant works of science fiction released in recent years' TOR.COM

An extraordinarily inventive and hugely original SF novel that charts a compelling vision of a future and spins an hypnotic narrative around it. A novel that could command the same amount of attention and furore that met the publication of The Quantum Thief. The richness and originality of its vision combined with its playful take on hard science make this a novel with real commercial potential that will be talked about for years and should launch a major career in SF.

In the far future man has spread out into the galaxy. And diversified. Some have evolved physically into strange new forms, some have become immortal. Some hark back to the old ways. We have built a glorious new future. One that stretches from the sleepy Old World, to new terraformed planets and Dyson spheres built around artificial suns. For as long as we can remember (and some have lived 12,000 years) we have delighted in a rich new existence. Yes there have been wars but we are content in our splendour. Art is revered, life is easy, death forgotten for many. But now there are rumours of a bid to oust the Emperor and a worrying story that our history is not as we remember it - not only man left Earth...

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"A gorgeously-written, wildly imaginative book. It’s like no space opera I’ve ever read - compelling and addictive." - Will McIntosh

"Bold and intense from start to finish, The Promise of the Child is a master-class in innovative, evocative world-building. The entire book buzzes with imagination." - Michael J Martinez

"An amazing debut. Intriguing, disorientating." - Gareth L Powell

"Humming with energy, this is space opera like you've never seen it before: absolutely brilliant." - Adam Roberts

"One of the most ambitious and epic-scale pieces of worldbuilding I’ve read." - Karl Schroeder


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Used availability for Tom Toner's The Promise of the Child

Hardback Editions

September 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Promise of the Child: Volume One of The Amaranthine Spectrum
Author(s): Tom Toner
ISBN: 1-59780-845-8 / 978-1-59780-845-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Night Shade
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

October 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Promise of the Child (Amaranthine Spectrum 1)
Author(s): Tom Toner
ISBN: 1-4732-1137-9 / 978-1-4732-1137-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


October 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Promise of the Child: Volume One of The Amaranthine Spectrum
Author(s): Tom Toner
ISBN: 1-59780-855-5 / 978-1-59780-855-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Night Shade
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


November 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Promise of the Child (Amaranthine Spectrum 1)
Author(s): Tom Toner
ISBN: 1-4732-1136-0 / 978-1-4732-1136-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

November 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Promise of the Child (Amaranthine Spectrum 1)
Author(s): Tom Toner
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


September 2015 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Promise of the Child: of the Amaranthine Spectrum
Author(s): Tom Toner
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Availability: Amazon CA