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The Heart of the Circle
By (author): Keren Landsman
9780857668110 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary Aug 13, 2019
$16.99 CAD
Active 5.1 x 7.7 x 1 in 400 pages Watkins Media Angry Robot
Sorcerers fight for the right to exist and fall in love, in this extraordinary alternate world fantasy thriller by award-winning Israeli author Keren Landsman.

Throughout human history there have always been sorcerers, once idolised and now exploited for their powers. In Israel, the Sons of Simeon, a group of religious extremists, persecute sorcerers while the government turns a blind eye. After a march for equal rights ends in brutal murder, empath, moodifier and reluctant waiter Reed becomes the next target. While his sorcerous and normie friends seek out his future killers, Reed complicates everything by falling hopelessly in love. As the battle for survival grows ever more personal, can Reed protect himself and his friends as the Sons of Simeon close in around them?

File Under: Fantasy [ Love Squared | Stuck in the Margins | Emotional Injection | Fight the Power ]

Story Locale: An alternate history version of Israel

A clever and critical perspective on current affairs and civil rights, wrapped up in urban fantasy, thriller, alternative history and rom-com.

The Heart of the Circle has been highly acclaimed by Israeli readers, and is destined for greatness on the international stage.

Keren is a three time winner of the Geffen Award (the Israeli Hugo) for her short stories and collections.

KEREN LANDSMAN is a mother, a writer, a medical doctor who specializes in Epidemiology and Public health, and a blogger. She is one of the founders of Mida’at, an NGO dedicated to promoting public health in Israel. She works in the Levinski clinic in Tel Aviv. She has won the Geffen Award three times, most recently for the short story collection Broken Skies.

Author Residence: Hod HaSharon, Israel

Author Hometown: Hod HaSharon, Israel

Marketing: Author attendance at major global SFF conventions, including WorldCon 2019 as well as Israeli/European conventions

Cross promotion with Angry Robot’s worldbending fantasy titles, such as Ferrett Steinmetz’s Mancer books and The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire series

Cross promotion with Angry Robot’s titles with strong diversity and civil rights themes such as Space Unicorn Blues, Moonshine, Time’s Children.

Publicity: Book announcement through highly influential genre website (152k readers), plus an article by the author on the challenges and opportunities of having her novel translated into English. Announcement met with a huge social media response.

Media and online promotion, including SFF blogs and magazines and through our 1000+ street team of bloggers and reviewers of the Robot Army.

Digital ARCs issued worldwide to handpicked reviewers and bloggers through Edelweiss NetGalley. Auto-approved ARCs for booksellers and librarians.

Extensive tour of science fiction and fantasy blogs throughout June / July 2019, featuring articles on medicine, modern fantasy, working in translation, civil rights and politics in metaphor & fiction.

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“You don’t have to dig too deeply to uncover the real world parallels to xenophobia and intolerance in this unusual and compelling English-language debut.”
– B&N Sci Fi & Fantasy Blog

“A fascinating and original urban fantasy… Landsman demonstrates virtuoso writing ability, building a fascinating plot, an impressive combination of sources of inspiration and rare emotional depth, which make reading a sweeping experience and the book suitable not only for fans of fantasy and science fiction but for every reader.”
Israel Hayom

“A bold new voice in Israeli fantasy…an enchanting debut.” 
– Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award winning author of Osama and Central Station

The Heart of the Circle is an important step forward for the Israeli genre scene, and in its portrait of young people struggling with both their outsized emotions and an unjust situation, it delivers a powerful, engrossing story.”
– Abigail Nussbaum, author of Asking the Wrong Questions

“Keren Landesman did not write a good book, she wrote an excellent book.”

“Oh wow. Wow, this book. How am I supposed to write anything now?”
- N.S. Dolkart, author of the GODSERFS trilogy

“Her skill with the world-building of this alternate reality is masterful and I found myself drawn into the sociopolitical and geopolitical aspects of this novel… This is the perfect subject to examine during such turbulent times, and I can only encourage more writers to follow her path… Landsman’s novel is exceptionally paced and full of intriguing characters and concepts”
– Grimdark Magazine

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