The Cleaving

by: Juliet E McKenna
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A new, feminist Arthurian retelling

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The Cleaving is an Arthurian retelling that follows the tangled stories of four women: Nimue, Ygraine, Morgana, and Guinevere, as they fight to control their own destinies amid the wars and rivalries that will determine the destiny of Britain.  Based on the high medieval Romance tellings of Arthur rather than being shackled to any historical rationale this will be a story familiar to lovers of Malory, Crossley Holland and Borman’s Excalibur alike: a vibrant and bloody tale of chivalry, betrayal, deceit, power and magic. The Arthurian stories are foundational to the culture of these islands as well as being a cornerstone for much of the modern fantasy genre. Retellings have explored different facets of these stories since their earliest day, and The Cleaving addresses and interrogates these enduring tales through the female gaze to create a mesmerizing and intriguing tale for today. Juliet McKenna is an expert on medieval history and warfare and brings this expertise as well as her skills as a fantasy writer to this epic standalone novel.

Juliet E McKenna

Juliet E. McKenna is the author of 15 epic fantasy novels set in the world of Einarinn,  as well as several novellas and countless short stories ranging from SF to steampunk and alternate history. Her contemporary fantasy Green Man novels, published by indie Wizard’s Tower Press, have sold over 28,000 copies since 2018. She has been a judge for the World Fantasy Awards, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the James White Award and the Aeon Award, and has, herself, been shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award and the BSFA Award for Best Novel. In 2015 she was awarded the Karl Edward Wagner Award for special achievement by the British Fantasy Society.  She is a regular at science fiction conventions, and is a 3rd Dan Aikido black belt.

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9th May 2023 | 9781915202277 | epub & mobi | £4.99/$6.99/$7.99


9th May 2023 | 9781915202222 | Paperback | £9.99/$15.99/$16.99