Author(s): Frances Hardinge
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea meets Frankenstein in Frances Hardinge's latest fantasy adventure.
The gods are dead. Decades ago, they turned on one another and tore each other apart. Nobody knows why. But are they really gone forever? When 15-year-old Hark finds the still-beating heart of a terrifying deity, he risks everything to keep it out of the hands of smugglers, military scientists, and a secret fanatical cult so that he can use it to save the life of his best friend, Jelt.
But with the heart, Jelt gradually and eerily transforms. How long should Hark stay loyal to his friend when he's becoming a monster - and what is Hark willing to sacrifice to save him?
PUBLICATION NOVEMBER 2019
Set in an archipelago where monstrous gods once ruled the waters, Frances Hardinge (author of The Lie Tree and Gullstruck Island) draws us into another her imaginative worlds.
The story is centred around streetwise orphan Hark, whose penchant for tall tales gets him both in and out of trouble, alongside his explosive best friend, Jelt. When the boys find the still beating heart of a god, Hark is pulled deep into a web of cutthroats, ancient priests, and a fanatical cult. Filled with gangs, a highly regarded deaf community, and dredging the bodies of gods from the darkest depths of the ocean, Deeplight has a touch of steampunk and Lovecraftian unease.
One of our finest storytellers,' Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent
This macabre YA adventure, with a touch of Lovecraftian steampunk, features underwater exploration, monsters of the deep, relic-based technology and questions of loyalty.
Frances Hardinge spent her childhood in a huge old house that inspired her to write strange stories from an early age. She read English at Oxford University, then got a job at a software company. However, by this time a persistent friend had finally managed to bully Frances into sending a few chapters of Fly By Night, her first children's novel, to a publisher. Macmillan made her an immediate offer. The book went on to publish to huge critical acclaim and win the Branford Boase First Novel Award. Known for her beautiful use of language, she has since written many critically acclaimed novels, including A Skinful of Shadows, Verdigris Deep, Cuckoo Song, and the Costa Award-winning The Lie Tree.