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Ben Peek

Ben Peek is the Sydney based author of the Children Trilogy, the short story collection Dead Americans and Other Stories, Black Sheep, Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth, and Above/Below with Stephani Campisi. In his native country, Peek is considered critically acclaimed and controversial, and has been nominated for a number of awards that, thankfully, he has not won. He has written criticism, published a psychogeography pamphlet called the Urban Sprawl Project, and an autobiographical comic called Nowehere Near Savannah. The latter was illustrated by Anna Brown, who also provided illustrations for Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth. In addition, he has published a wide range of short fiction, some of which has appeared in Polyphony, Leviathan, Clarkesworld, Fantasy Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Aurealis, Overland, and various editions of Year’s Best books. He has a doctorate in creative writing, and has worked as a cook, a projectionist, a teacher, and a lecturer, all of which he is happy to have given up or will be happy to give up. He lives with his partner, the photographer Nikilyn Nevins, in a house of books.

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Children — (2014- ) Publisher: The Gods are dying. Fifteen thousand years after the end of their war, their bodies can still be found across the world. They kneel in forests, lie beneath mountains, and rest at the bottom of the world’s ocean. For thousands of years, men and women have awoken with strange powers that are derived from their bodies. The city Mireea is built against a huge stone wall that stretches across a vast mountain range, following the massive fallen body of the god, Ger. Ayae, a young cartographer’s apprentice, is attacked and discovers she cannot be harmed by fire. Her new power makes her a target for an army that is marching on Mireea. With the help of Zaifyr, a strange man adorned with charms, she is taught the awful history of ‘cursed’ men and women, coming to grips with her new powers and the enemies they make. Meanwhile, the saboteur Bueralan infiltrates the army that is approaching her home to learn its terrible secret. Split between the three points of view, the narrative of Godless reaches its conclusion during an epic siege, where Ayae, Zaifyr and Bueralan are forced not just into conflict with those invading, but with those inside the city who wish to do them harm. The first installment in Ben Peek’s exciting new epic fantasy series, Godless is a fast-paced page turner set in an enthralling new world.

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The Godless by Ben Peek

The Godless is not Ben Peek’s first published work but, as his fantasy debut, it is a new step in the Australian author’s career. The Godless is set in a fantasy world where a calamitous war between the gods has left them for dead, or dying. In the aftermath of that world-changing event, the gods’ bodies have begun leaking remnants of their powers into the world, creating new Immortals — humans with powers, feared by many.

It is on the literal back of one of these gods that the city of Mireaa, a huge trade city, was built. Much like a cairn, Mireea finds itself in the midst of a siege by a warring neighboring nation which the city may not be able to stop. It is in this setup that The Godless introduces us to its three main characters. Ayae, a cartographer’s apprentice, discover... Read More