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by: Trent Jamieson


“An inventive, darkly fascinating world, rich in menace and challenges.”
– Rowena Cory Daniells, author of the King Rolen’s Kin Trilogy and The Outcast Chronicles

Shale is in trouble – the creature-filled darkness known as the Roil is expanding, consuming the land, swallowing cities whole.

File Under: Fantasy [ Into the Maelstrom | The End Times | Night’s Engines | Over the Edge ]

The First Part of the Nightbound Land Duology


Shale is dying. A vast, chaotic, monster-bearing storm known only as the Roil is expanding, consuming the land. Where once there were twelve great cities, now only four remain, and their borders are being threatened by the growing cloud of darkness. The last humans are fighting back with ever more bizarre new machines. But one by one the defences are failing. And the Roil continues to grow. With the land in turmoil, it’s up to a decadent wastrel, a four thousand year-old man, and a young woman intent on revenge to try to save their city… and the world.
Publication date



Angry Robot Books


Angry Robot


Nightbound Land

Cover Art

Angelo Rinaldi @ Artist Partners ;


Paperback, Ebook

Paperback ISBN




Trent Jamieson is an Australian Fantasy writer, and winner of two Aurealis Awards, whose Death Most Definite series is being published by Orbit and is already attracting rave notices.

Trent has been writing fiction since he can remember, and selling it since the mid-Nineties... quite a long while after he started. He works as a teacher, a bookseller and a writer and has taught at Clarion South where he was described as "the nicest guy in Australian Spec Fic" shattering the reputation he was trying to build as the "Hard Man of the Australian Writing Community". Trent's latest creation takes us to a dying land of decaying clockwork technology that is being devoured by a great rift in reality, the Roil.

“In this fantasy novel with some SF details, the talented Australian author Jamieson gives readers a truly vast and awesome monster-bearing storm and strange machines. Whole cities are being devoured by the storm and only a four thousand-year-old man, a young woman, and a decadent wastrel stand in the way. Although this might look like generic fantasy from the cover, it’s definitely something much more interesting.”
Jeff VanderMeer, Omnivoracious

“From page one the reader is thrown deep into the world of Shale, the story unfolding as details of the world, incredible and horrible, are beautifully laid out in front of you. Trent has constructed an wonderfully detailed world of Steampunk with a Fantasy/Sci-Fi twist. I had a hard time setting the book down to get other stuff done. By the end of the book my main problem with the work was that I can’t wait for the release of the second part of the duology, Night’s Engines“.
The Dragon Page

“Jamieson writes a fast-paced story studded with action-movie beats.”
Financial Times

“Jamieson is an excellent writer, creating compelling yet flawed characters in his novels and short fiction. Roil is no different in this respect … The novel brings together elements of dystopian science fiction, fantasy and a touch of steampunk to create a gripping story.”

“Trent Jamieson is well known in speculative fiction circles as a significant talent, writing beautifully crafted tales that often have a baroque sensibility and resonate on an emotional level.”
Terra Incognita

“…I predict that Trent Jamieson will deservedly be Australia’s next big genre expert.”
– Chuck McKenzie

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