The Year of Our War

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The Year of Our War
The Year of Our War.jpg
2005 paperback edition
Author Steph Swainston
Cover artist Emma Wallace
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series The Castle books
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Gollancz
Publication date
April 2004
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 304 pp
ISBN 0-575-07005-6
OCLC 59270718
Followed by No Present Like Time

The fantasy novel The Year of Our War (2004) is the first book by British author Steph Swainston. It is often given as an example of the New Weird literary genre.

Plot summary[edit]

The novel is set in the Fourlands, a country in danger of being overrun by large hostile Insects, and follows the exploits of Jant, also called "the Messenger" or "Comet". As a half-breed of two humanoid species Jant is the only person who can fly, which makes him an indispensable part of the Emperor's Circle of about 50 immortals, an elite group of (mostly) warriors who do not age (but, despite the name, are capable of being killed).

Swainston spins an intricate story which covers, among other things, the intrigues among mortals and immortals from the various humanoid races of the Fourlands, a full-scale assault by the Insects (previously held at bay behind an Insect wall), and Jant's exploits in the "Shift", an alternate world which he enters as a side effect of his addiction to a lethal drug.

So far, three sequels has been published: No Present Like Time (2005), The Modern World (2007) and Above the Snowline (2010).

Awards and nominations[edit]

The book won the 2005 Crawford Award[1] and the author was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

Reviews and sources[edit]

  1. ^ "The IAFA William L. Crawford Fantasy Award Past Winners". IAFA. Retrieved 12 September 2016.