Winter tide

by Emrys, Ruthanna,

Format: Print Book 2017
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One of NPR's Best Books of 2017!
Finalist for the RT Award for Best Fantasy Novel

" Winter Tide is a weird, lyrical mystery -- truly strange and compellingly grim. It's an innovative gem that turns Lovecraft on his head with cleverness and heart" --Cherie Priest

After attacking Devil's Reef in 1928, the U.S. government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god Cthulhu. Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps, and they emerged without a past or a future.

The government that stole Aphra's life now needs her help. FBI agent Ron Spector believes that Communist spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from Miskatonic University, secrets that could turn the Cold War hot in an instant, and hasten the end of the human race.

Aphra must return to the ruins of her home, gather scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkness of human nature.

Winter Tide is the debut novel from Ruthanna Emrys. It is the first book in the Innsmouth Legacy series.

Book 1: Winter Tide
Book 2: Deep Roots

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The creatures, gods, and peoples of H. P. Lovecraft are alive and well in this new world created by Emrys. She builds a world where the people of Innsmouth were placed in internment camps for fear of their differences and for fear of their magic and their knowledge, their books were confiscated. After both world wars, the lone survivors of the camps are released. The primary action of the novel takes place during the Cold War. Russia has possibly taken some of the secrets about magic from the library of the people of Innsmouth. In order to discover the truth, the American government asks the two remaining people of Innsmouth, Aphra and Caleb Marsh, to help them. The Marshes are finally, through this episode, allowed to see the texts connected to magic and their history. Emrys uses the beautiful structures of Lovecraft to make a bold statement about difference and culture. Fans of Lovecraft will love the spin and faithfulness to the original text, but extensive knowledge of his oeuvre is not necessary.--Whitmore, Emily Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Marbled with references to the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft, this inventive dark fantasy crossbreeds the cosmic horrors of the Cthulhu mythos with the espionage escapades of a Cold War thriller. It's 1948, and Aphra and Caleb Marsh, descendents of the amphibious Innsmouth folk imprisoned in the aftermath of Lovecraft's "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," are tapped by FBI agent Ron Spector to study Innsmouth artifacts now stored at the Miskatonic University library in Arkham, Mass. Spector hopes to determine whether prying Russian agents may have learned the secret of magically forcing their minds into the bodies of American politicians and scientists. Emrys elevates her story above traditional tales of Cold War paranoia by making Aphra's reacquaintance with Innsmouth culture her introduction to a personal heritage that she had been blocked from accessing. Emrys's characters are more openly comfortable with the supernatural than Lovecraft's horror-struck mortals, and her sensitive comparisons of Aphra's experience to those of other confined and displaced peoples make the novel historically relevant and resonant. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Innsmouth legacy series
#1 - Winter Tide
#2 - Deep Roots
Subjects Cthulhu -- (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Cold War -- Fiction.
Government investigators -- United States -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York :Tor,2017
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Description 366 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780765390905
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