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Penguin: Berkley & NAL Trade Fall 2017

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Seventh Decimate
By (author): Stephen R. Donaldson
9780399586132 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Fantasy / Epic Nov 14, 2017
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.31 x 9.38 x 1 in 320 pages Berkley
Fantasy legend Stephen R. Donaldson launches a powerful new trilogy about a prince who embarks on a desperate quest to find a sorcerous library in order to save his people.

For centuries, the realms of Belleger and Amika have been at war, with sorcerers from both sides brandishing the six Decimates: of fire, of wind, of earthquake, of drought, and of lightning. But the Amikans have discovered and invoked a seventh Decimate, one that strips all lesser sorcery of its power. And now, the Bellegerins stand defenseless.

Prince Bifalt, eldest son of the Bellegerin king, is charged with finding the repository of all of the sorcerers’ knowledge, to find the book of the seventh Decimate—and reverse the fate of his land.

But the legendary library lies beyond an unforgiving desert and treacherous mountains. Wracked by hunger and fatigue, sacrificing loyal men along the way, Bifalt will discover that there is a game being played by those far more powerful than he could ever imagine. And that he is nothing but a pawn….

Story Locale: Fantasy world

Series Overview: A prince seeks out the Last Repository of sorcerous knowledge in order to save his people in this masterful literary fantasy series.

NEW YORK TIMES AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR whose Chronicles of Thomas Covenant is a landmark in the fantasy genre, spoken of in the same breath as J. R. R. Tolkien

BRAND-NEW SERIES, beginning Donaldson’s first new fantasy trilogy since completing the Thomas Covenant chronicles

POWERFUL LITERARY FANTASY set in a rich secondary world that explores important questions through the lens of fiction

BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS AND LIBRARIES have strong resonance with readers, and Donaldson’s powerful story, revolving around a library of sorcery, will enthrall them

Stephen R. Donaldson is the author of the original six volumes of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, a landmark in modern fantasy. Every volume, beginning with Lord Foul’s Bane in 1977, has been an international bestseller. Donaldson returned to the series with The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, which includes The Runes of the Earth, Fatal Revenant, Against All Things Ending, and The Last Dark.

Author Residence: Albuquerque, NM

Marketing: 5-city author tour including Seattle, Portland, San Diego, Albuquerque and additional West Coast market to be determined (based on requests/proposals)

National print publicity

Online publicity campaign

Extensive online advertising

Promotion at genre conventions throughout the year

ARC distribution and giveaways

Blog outreach campaign

Early reader review campaign

Social media campaign

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Advance praise for Seventh Decimate

“A new Stephen Donaldson book is always a cause for celebration. Seventh Decimate will whet your appetite for a sequel.”—New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks

Praise for Stephen R. Donaldson and his novels

“In time the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant will be seen as one of the self-defining works of the third millennium, our equivalent in scope and ambition of earlier epics and fantasies, from Virgil’s Aeneid to Tennyson’s Arthurian Idylls and Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, the last now a lifetime (Donaldson’s own) in the past.”—The Wall Street Journal

“A writer of extraordinary power and imagination.”—Booklist

“Will certanly find a place on the small list of true classics.”—The Washington Post Book World

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