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Some Desperate Glory

By Emily Tesh
Some Desperate Glory by Emily Tesh digital book - Fable

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Instant National Bestseller and International Bestseller!

Hugo Award and Arthur C. Clarke Award finalist!

A thrillingly told queer space opera about the wreckage of war, the family you find, and who you must become when every choice is stripped from you, Some Desperate Glory is Astounding Award Winner Emily Tesh’s explosive debut novel.


"Some Desperate Glory surprised me at every turn. At once a space thriller, a tale of deprogramming, and a missive on identity and meaning, the result is a vitally refreshing addition to the SFF genre. This book has earned a permanent place on my favorites shelf."—V. E. Schwab

"Masterful, audacious storytelling. Relentless, unsentimental, a completely wild ride."—Tamsyn Muir

"This is the sort of debut novel every novelist hopes to write."—John Scalzi

"Deserves a space on shelves alongside Ursula K. Le Guin and Octavia Butler."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

National Bestseller | Sunday Times Bestseller | An Indie Next Pick | A LibraryReads Pick | a Goodreads Choice Finalist | With three starred reviews!

A Best Of Pick for The Guardian | GoodReads | Publishers Weekly | Powell's | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible | Gizmodo | Book Riot | LitHub | Financial Times | Discover Sci-Fi | Locus | NPR | Library Journal

While we live, the enemy shall fear us.

Since she was born, Kyr has trained for the day she can avenge the murder of planet Earth. Raised in the bowels of Gaea Station alongside the last scraps of humanity, she readies herself to face the Wisdom, the powerful, reality-shaping weapon that gave the majoda their victory over humanity.

They are what’s left. They are what must survive. Kyr is one of the best warriors of her generation, the sword of a dead planet. When Command assigns her brother to certain death and relegates her to Nursery to bear sons until she dies trying, she knows she must take humanity's revenge into her own hands.

Alongside her brother’s brilliant but seditious friend and a lonely, captive alien, Kyr escapes from everything she’s known into a universe far more complicated than she was taught and far more wondrous than she could have imagined.

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180 Reviews

3.5
“My experience with this book was complex - I liked it, and there was definitely some interesting and unexpected directions explored in the narrative that I loved, but I also was left wanting more from a lot of threads that seemed to be dropped early. While I couldn’t see any indication right now that this is the start of a series, the story had the vibe of something that would have been best positioned as the start of a trilogy or a series in the same universe with different characters. The protagonist definitely is fairly unlikeable through the first third of the book and while they grow a lot and I came to root for them, there were some choices made on how the character would grow that felt like short cuts and left me uncertain on how satisfying the overall arc of their story was for me. I would recommend this book to others, particularly if you enjoy exploring fascism, dystopia, and characters breaking through indoctrination, but be prepared for some story beats being left behind as the narrative begins to rush towards a conclusion in the final third of the book.”
Slightly Smiling Face“Best way to describe this books is Groundhogs day in space but maybe with a splash of everything, everywhere, all at once. I liked it but it lost me a little bit in the middle when things felt a bit tedious. The one thing I did like is that the main character’s intentions felt natural given her circumstance, even if they were annoying, they made sense and I like when I see that in characters.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growMulti-layered charactersEasy to readFast-pacedImmersive setting

About Emily Tesh

EMILY TESH, winner of the Astounding Award and a Crawford Award finalist, is the author of the World Fantasy Award-winning Greenhollow Duology, which begins with the novella Silver in the Wood and concludes with Drowned Country. Some Desperate Glory is her first novel.

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