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The Promise of the Child

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

 
 
It is the 147th century.

In the radically advanced post-human worlds of the Amaranthine Firmament, there is a contender to the Immortal throne: Aaron the Long-Life, the Pretender, a man who is not quite a man.

In the barbarous hominid kingdoms of the Prism Investiture, where life is short, cheap, and dangerous, an invention is born that will become the Firmament’s most closely kept secret.

Lycaste, a lovesick recluse outcast for an unspeakable crime, must journey through the Provinces, braving the grotesques of an ancient, decadent world to find his salvation.

Sotiris, grieving the loss of his sister and awaiting the madness of old age, must relive his twelve thousand years of life to stop the man determined to become Emperor.

Ghaldezuel, knight of the stars, must plunder the rarest treasure in the Firmament—the object the Pretender will stop at nothing to obtain.

From medieval Prague to a lonely Mediterranean cove, and eventually far into the strange vastness of distant worlds, The Promise of the Child is a debut novel of gripping action and astounding ambition unfolding over hundreds of thousands of years, marking the arrival of a brilliant new talent in science fiction.

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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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
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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
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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
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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 : USA, 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
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