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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: China Miéville Narrator: Gildart Jackso Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The New Crobuzon Series Release Date:
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Following Perdido Street Station and The Scar, acclaimed author China Miéville returns with his hugely anticipated debut. With a fresh and fantastical band of characters, he carries us back to the decadent squalor of New Crobuzon—this time, decades later.

It is a time of wars and revolutions, conflict and intrigue. New Crobuzon is being ripped apart from without and within. War with the shadowy city-state of Tesh and rioting on the streets at home are pushing the teeming city to the brink. A mysterious masked figure spurs strange rebellion, while treachery and violence incubate in unexpected places.

In desperation, a small group of renegades escapes from the city and crosses strange and alien continents in the search for a lost hope.

In the blood and violence of New Crobuzon’s most dangerous hour, there are whispers. It is the time of the iron council …

The bold originality that broke Miéville out as a new force of the genre is here once more in Iron Council: the voluminous, lyrical novel that is destined to seal his reputation as perhaps the edgiest myth-maker of the day.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Miéville moves effortlessly into the first division of those who use the tools and weapons of the fantastic to define and create the fiction of the coming century.”

    Neil Gaiman

  • “Continuously fascinating…Miéville creates a world of outrageous inventiveness.”

    Denver Post

  • “Miéville weaves his epic out of familiar and heavily political themes—imperialism, fascism, conquest, and Marxism—all seen through a darkly cast funhouse mirror wherein even language is distorted and made beautifully grotesque. Improbably evoking Jack London and Victor Hugo, Iron Council is a twisted frontier fable cleverly combined with a powerful parable of Marxist revolution that continues Miéville’s macabre remaking of the fantasy genre."

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Stunning…Full of warped and memorable characters, this violent and intensely political novel smoothly combines elements of fantasy, science fiction, horror, even the Western. Miéville represents much of what is new and good in contemporary dark fantasy, and his work is must-reading for devotees of that genre.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Freighting his prose with arcane botanical and engineering terms as well as neologisms, Mieville writes the intertwined tales in different styles—relatively spare and dry for Cutter’s, lush and saturated for Ori’s. His verbal and imaginative largesse may throw some readers while utterly engrossing others. No doubt about it, he’s an original.”


  • “Narrator Gildart Jackson’s steady, even pace serves listeners well in this complicated story of revolution and dissent…Jackson has an opportunity to show his skill with a large cast of characters whose dialogue often takes the form of shouting at one another. The shouting is bit jarring as it contrasts with Jackson’s understated narrative voice, but that is likely the point. There is little need for subtlety here. The characters have strong personalities, very definite views, and complicated relationships.”


  • Winner of the 2005 Arthur C. Clarke Award
  • Winner of the 2005 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel
  • Finalist for the Hugo Award
  • World Fantasy Award nominee
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