House of Open Wounds (The Tyrant Philosophers) (Hardcover)

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House of Open Wounds (The Tyrant Philosophers) (Hardcover)


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City-by-city, kingdom-by-kingdom, the Palleseen have sworn to bring Perfection and Correctness to an imperfect world. As their legions scour the world of superstition with the bright flame of reason, so they deliver a mountain of ragged, holed and scorched flesh to the field hospital tents just behind the frontline.

Which is where Yasnic, one-time priest, healer and rebel, finds himself. Reprieved from the gallows and sent to war clutching a box of orphan Gods, he has been sequestered to a particularity unorthodox medical unit.

Led by 'the Butcher', an ogre of a man who's a dab hand with a bone-saw and an alchemical tincture, the unit's motley crew of conscripts, healers and orderlies are no strangers to the horrors of war. Their's is an unspeakable trade: elbow-deep in gore they have a first-hand view of the suffering caused by flesh-rending monsters, arcane magical weaponry and embittered enemy soldiers.

Entrusted – for now – with saving lives deemed otherwise un-saveable, the field hospital's crew face a precarious existence. Their work with unapproved magic, necromancy, demonology and Yansic's thoroughly illicit Gods could lead to the unit being disbanded, arrested or worse.

Beset by enemies within and without, the last thing anyone needs is a miracle…

Reviews for City of Last Chances:

'Paints a vivid detailed backdrop' SFX
'Brilliant chaos ensues' Daily Mail
'Some of Tchaikovsky's best prose' SF Crowsnest
'An intriguing tangle… ingenious' Locus
'Endlessly creative' Patrick Ness
'Rich, inventive worldbuilding' Publishers Weekly
'Ilmar is vividly alive' David Towsey
'A master at the height of his powers' Ian Green
'An ambitious epic fantasy read' Grimdark Magazine

Adrian Tchaikovsky was born in Lincolnshire before heading off to Reading to study psychology and zoology. He subsequently ended up in law and has worked as a legal executive in both Reading and Leeds, where he now lives. Married, he is a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor and has trained in stage-fighting. He's the author of Children of Time, the winner of the 30th Anniversary Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the Sunday Times bestseller Shards of Earth.

Product Details ISBN: 9781035901388
ISBN-10: 1035901382
Publisher: Head of Zeus -- an AdAstra Book
Publication Date: March 5th, 2024
Pages: 608
Language: English
Series: The Tyrant Philosophers

“Constantly brought Pratchett to mind... Quietly humorous and hopeful, House of Open Wounds hit hardest in how it prioritizes healers over warriors” —Locus

“This grim and exceptional look at fantasy warfare from Tchaikovsky feels like M*A*S*H written by an uncharacteristically somber Terry Pratchett... Not to be missed” —Publishers Weekly, Starred review

“An extraordinarily powerful and provocative read... both epic and intimate in scale, capturing the structure of fear and hope in a war-torn existence” —LoveReading, Star Book

“One of the best pieces of fantasy fiction I have read in recent years… a gem in the genre” —SF Book Reviews

“Reminiscent of Terry Pratchett at his best... a dazzling example of intelligent, engaging and superlative writing” —Birmingham SF Group