In Great Waters

Kit Whitfield

In Great Waters

Since the ninth century, when the deepsmen invaded Venice, an uneasy alliance has held between the people of the land and the sea. That alliance was brokered by the warrior queen, Angelica, half landsman, half deepsman, the mother of the royal houses of Europe. Now, centuries later, no navy can cross the seas without allies in the ocean - and without deepsmen guarding its shores, no nation can withstand invasion. The hybrid kings keep the treaty between both sides, protecting their people from the threat of war. The royal blood is the key to peace, and ferociously protected. The penalties for any landsman who tries to breed with a deepsman are severe; the fate of any 'bastard' child, born of such an illegitimate union, is terrible. But the royal house of England is staggering, collapsing under the weight of centuries of inbreeding. Anne prays for guidance, a way into the future without hatred or bloodshed. Henry holds with fierce certainty that only the strong survive. But if either of them is to outlive the coming conflict, they may need more than faith alone... 4.0 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
In Great Waters

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Classification Fiction
Genre Science Fiction & Fantasy
Format Hardback
Pages 352
RRP £12.99
Date of Publication March 2009
ISBN 978-0224079242
Publisher Jonathan Cape
 

Since the ninth century, when the deepsmen invaded Venice, an uneasy alliance has held between the people of the land and the sea. That alliance was brokered by the warrior queen, Angelica, half landsman, half deepsman, the mother of the royal houses of Europe. Now, centuries later, no navy can cross the seas without allies in the ocean - and without deepsmen guarding its shores, no nation can withstand invasion. The hybrid kings keep the treaty between both sides, protecting their people from the threat of war. The royal blood is the key to peace, and ferociously protected. The penalties for any landsman who tries to breed with a deepsman are severe; the fate of any 'bastard' child, born of such an illegitimate union, is terrible. But the royal house of England is staggering, collapsing under the weight of centuries of inbreeding. Anne prays for guidance, a way into the future without hatred or bloodshed. Henry holds with fierce certainty that only the strong survive. But if either of them is to outlive the coming conflict, they may need more than faith alone...

Reviews

The Independent

Roz Kaveney

...a powerfully intelligent novel... Whitfield's strength, here as in her werewolf-noir first novel, Bareback, is a bleak refusal of sentimentality... the back story, in which a near-legendary saviour unites the people of Venice with their merman neighbours, has more incoherencies than it needs. And the political dispensations of this world are too like our own, even after seven centuries of intervention from the sea. On the other hand, Whitfield is good on the tawdry luxuries of medieval courts and the savage sublimity of life beneath the sea.

24/03/2009

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The Times

Lisa Tuttle

Written in a different style from the contemporary thriller about werewolves that was Whitfield's first novel, In Great Waters is rich, strange, utterly absorbing and weirdly convincing.

07/03/2009

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