Thursday, September 17, 2015

Spotlight: Updraft by Fran Wilde

Don’t miss UPDRAFT, a striking debut epic fantasy in which a young woman must expose a dangerous secret to save everyone she loves in a city of living bone rising high above the clouds, where danger hides in the wind and the ground is lost to legend…

A Tor Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-7653-7783-8 $25.99 | 368 pages
E-book ISBN 978-1-4668-5820-6 | $12.99
On Sale September 1, 2015  

Kirit Densira cannot wait to pass her wingtest and begin flying as a trader by her mother’s side in service to her beloved home tower and exploring the skies beyond, but when Kirit inadvertently breaks Tower Law, the city’s secretive governing body, the Singers, demand that she become one of them instead. In an attempt to save her family from greater censure, Kirit must give up her dreams to throw herself into the dangerous training at the Spire, the tallest, most forbidding tower, deep at the heart of the City.

As she grows in knowledge and power, she starts to uncover the depths of Spire secrets. Kirit begins to doubt her world and its unassailable Laws, setting in motion a chain of events that will lead to a haunting choice, and may well change the city forever—if it isn’t destroyed outright.

Welcome to a world of wind and bone, songs and silence, betrayal and courage. Fans of the strange, intricate worldbuilding of China Miéville and the strong character development of Robin Hobb will find much to enjoy in this wholly original, fantasy debut!

Praise for Updraft:

“A lovingly, carefully crafted world—an engineering marvel—filled with captivating characters whose struggles and triumphs will thrill the reader and linger long in the imagination. I want to live in the world Wilde has created!” ~Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings

“Extraordinary worldbuilding and cascading levels of intrigue make Wilde’s debut fantasy novel soar…. This well-written and fascinating exploration of a strange land is an extremely promising start for an exciting new writer.” ~Publisher’s Weekly, « Starred Review «

“The world of the towers grown from bone, where residents strap on wings and soar the air currents, is captivating. As a coming-of-age story, Kirit’s journey to find her place is satisfying, but the real draw is a world that readers will be anxious to revisit in future volumes of this exciting new series.” ~Library Journal, « Starred Review « and Debut of the Month

“A riveting new fantasy—Updraft made me miss my subway stop more than once.” ~New York Times bestselling author Steven Gould

“Rife with so many of my favorite tropes—wings, layers of secrets, a heroine who deals with the consequences of being talented—all at a roller-coaster pace.” ~Sherwood Smith

About the Author

FRAN WILDE’s acclaimed short stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Nature, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Aside from her writing career, she has worked as a science and engineering writer, as a programmer and game developer, as a sailing assistant, and as a jeweler’s assistant. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family. You can find her online at


  1. Thanks for this enthralling novel and great giveaway and feature. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. I am so excited about this book. Thanks for the review and introducing me to Fran and her work. Good job...both of you.

  3. I've seen the book around the internet, but didn't really stop to see what it was all about. Now that I have read your post, I'm putting it on my wish list. :D

  4. This book is on my TBR for quite a while now, it looks so interesting! Thanks for the giveaway! :)


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