Set in a planet-sized matriarchal city where magic and technology freely bleed together, a male courtesan’s quest for vengeance against his aristocrat father draws him into an ancient struggle between dragons, necromancers, and his home district’s violent history.
In the world-sized city of Jadzia, magic and ancient science merge into something dark and wondrous.
Koré’s life is consumed by power, politics, sex and vengeance, and as courtesan to the wealthy and powerful, he is privy to all manner of secrets. He knows meddling in politics is dangerous─still, he is willing to risk everything to stop his father from seizing the Imperial Throne of the War District. But Koré soon finds the corruption runs far deeper than just one man.
During a tryst in an ancient tomb─in the pursuit of political influence─Koré encounters a dying god, who imbues him with the powers of one of the city’s sacred dragons. Suddenly Koré finds himself a hunted man, threatened with becoming a pawn by whoever finds him first.
If the wrong person discovers his secret and lays claim to his powers they would plunge their world into war, unleash untold horrors and destroy the city─and the two people he has come to love.
Zabé Ellor is the author of Silk Fire, as well as the YA contemporary novels May The Best Man Win (Roaring Brook Press) and Acting The Part (HarperTeen). A graduate of Cornell University, he currently lives in southern California. An avid reader and writer, his non-literary interests include running, hiking, and camping.
‘An exquisite world fascinatingly textured by political intrigue and vibrant characters, Silk Fire is a powerful, resonate upheaval of traditional fantasy that fan’s of Kushiel’s Dart won’t want to miss.’ -- Ashley Shuttleworth, author of A Dark and Hollow Star
‘Ambitious, complex, political, queer as hell and monstrously imaginative.’ -- Foz Meadows, author of A Strange and Stubborn Endurance
‘Decadent, intricate, and enthrallingly original, Silk Fire breathes life into a city-planet brimming with twisted magic, treacherous politics, and queer romance. Sure to be one of the year's most explosive fantasies.’ -- Claire Winn, author of City of Shattered Light