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A mythmaker of the highest order, China Miéville has emblazoned the fantasy novel with fresh language, startling images, and stunning originality. Set in the same sprawling world of Miéville’s Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning novel, Perdido Street Station, this latest epic introduces a whole new cast of intriguing characters and dazzling creations. 

Aboard a vast seafaring vessel, a band of prisoners and slaves, their bodies remade into grotesque biological oddities, is being transported to the fledgling colony of New Crobuzon. But the journey is not theirs alone. They are joined by a handful of travelers, each with a reason for fleeing the city. Among them is Bellis Coldwine, a renowned linguist whose services as an interpreter grant her passage—and escape from horrific punishment. For she is linked to Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin, the brilliant renegade scientist who has unwittingly unleashed a nightmare upon New Crobuzon.

For Bellis, the plan is clear: live among the new frontiersmen of the colony until it is safe to return home. But when the ship is besieged by pirates on the Swollen Ocean, the senior officers are summarily executed. The surviving passengers are brought to Armada, a city constructed from the hulls of pirated ships, a floating, landless mass ruled by the bizarre duality called the Lovers. On Armada, everyone is given work, and even Remades live as equals to humans, Cactae, and Cray. Yet no one may ever leave.

Lonely and embittered in her captivity, Bellis knows that to show dissent is a death sentence. Instead, she must furtively seek information about Armada’s agenda. The answer lies in the dark, amorphous shapes that float undetected miles below the waters—terrifying entities with a singular, chilling mission.

China Miéville is a writer for a new era—and The Scar is a luminous, brilliantly imagined novel that is nothing short of spectacular.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Miéville’s skill in articulating brilliantly macabre and involving descriptions is paralleled only by his ability to set up world-moving plot twists that continually blow away the reader’s expectations…The Scar proves Miéville has the muscle and talent to become a defining force as he effortlessly transcends the usual clichés of the genre.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “British author Mieville, one of the most talented new writers in the field, takes us on a gripping hunt to capture a magical sea-creature…The author creates a marvelously detailed floating civilization filled with dark, eccentric characters worthy of Mervyn Peake or Charles Dickens…This is state-of-the-art dark fantasy and a likely candidate for any number of award nominations.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Even if the noir story and characters were merely ordinary, Miéville’s writing would set this book apart… Sophisticated readers will be engrossed not only by the story but also by the very words used to detail the plot, and they will never think of the fantasy genre, or fantasy authors, in quite the same way again."

    School Library Journal

  • “Armada, a vibrant creation, with the uncertainties of its press-ganged residents and the machinations of its politics, makes this compelling reading."

    Booklist

  • “Panoramic and stunningly inventive.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrator Gildart Jackson…conveys the strangeness of this unearthly world and successfully gives voice to many unusual characters, human and otherwise.”

    AudioFile

  • Winner of the 2003 British Fantasy Award
  • Winner of the 2003 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel
  • Recipient of a Philip K. Dick Award Special Citation
  • Finalist for the Hugo Award
  • Nominated for the World Fantasy Award
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