By Force Alone (Hardback)
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Hardback 512 Pages / Published: 05/03/2020
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There is a legend...

Britannia, AD 535

The Romans have gone. While their libraries smoulder, roads decay and cities crumble, men with swords pick over civilisation's carcass, slaughtering and being slaughtered in turn.

This is the story of just such a man. Like the others, he had a sword. He slew until slain. Unlike the others, we remember him. We remember King Arthur.

This is the story of a land neither green nor pleasant. An eldritch isle of deep forest and dark fell haunted by swaithes, boggarts and tod-lowries, Robin-Goodfellows and Jenny Greenteeths, and predators of rarer appetite yet.

This is the story of a legend forged from a pack of self-serving, turd-gilding, weasel-worded lies told to justify foul deeds and ill-gotten gains.

This is the story - viscerally entertaining, ominously subversive and poetically profane - of a Dark Age myth that shaped a nation.

EVERYONE'S TALKING ABOUT BY FORCE ALONE:

'A bloody, bravura performance, which Tidhar pulls off with graphic imagery and modern vernacular' Guardian.

'As eclectic as the Sword in the Stone and as ruthless as A Game of Thrones, this retelling of the whole Arthurian legend stands alongside the very best' Daily Mail.

'The narrative voice is deadly serious but there's a strong undercurrent of gleefulness to the profanity, violence and otherworldly magic that makes By Force Alone a whole lot of fun to dive into' Spectator.

'Lavie Tidhar has crafted a punk epic on the mouldering bones of legend and jolted it to life with ten thousand volts of knowing wit and fury. By Force Alone eviscerates the complacent posturing of the Arthurian myth, explodes the well-worn conventions of the tale and from the shiny jagged pieces assembles a wholly fresh rollercoaster ride of cheap violence, vicious magic and messy human truth' Richard Morgan.

'A twisted Arthur retelling mixing the historical and the magical with a very modern eye. Brutal and vicious, funny, Peaky Blinders of the Round Table' Adrian Tchaikovsky.

Publisher: Head of Zeus
ISBN: 9781838931278
Number of pages: 512
Dimensions: 228 x 145 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'[An] extraordinary and vivid retelling of our national myth. Gritty revisionism is super-charged by the supernatural ... As eclectic as the Sword in the Stone and as ruthless as A Game of Thrones, this retelling of the whole Arthurian legend stands alongside the very best' * Daily Mail *
'A twisted Arthur retelling mixing the historical and the magical with a very modern eye. Brutal and vicious, funny, Peaky Blinders of the Round Table' -- Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of Cage of Souls and Dogs of War
'Lavie Tidhar has created something wonderful, an extraordinary blend of history, legend, and sheer, lunatic inspiration. I loved it' -- Christopher Farnsworth, author of The Eternal World and Killfile
'A violent, funny, absurd epic - Tidhar remains an utterly original voice in contemporary fiction' -- Daniel Polansky, author of Low Town and The Builders
'Drawing on everything from wushu movies to The Wire by way of Tarkovsky and Tarantino, By Force Alone is wild, surprising and entertaining, and a hugely immersive read' -- MR Carey, author of The Girl with All the Gifts and The Unwritten
'You can always trust Lavie Tidhar to create something brilliant, savage and endlessly entertaining' * Starburst *
'Lavie Tidhar has crafted a punk epic on the mouldering bones of legend and jolted it to life with ten thousand volts of knowing wit and fury. By Force Alone eviscerates the complacent posturing of the Arthurian myth, explodes the well-worn conventions of the tale and from the shiny jagged pieces assembles a wholly fresh rollercoaster ride of cheap violence, vicious magic and messy human truth' -- Richard Morgan, author of Altered Carbon
Utterly bonkers, utterly brilliant - a brutal, witty and slightly insane deconstruction of the Arthurian legend by way of Goodfellas, this is absolute bloody (and sweary) joy on the page' * Russel D McLean, author of The Good Son and Ed's Dead *
'A beautifully written and thrilling tale, soaked in gore and evocative historical detail, peppered with subtle humour. Tidhar storms the castle of Grimdark, sword dripping with blood, and makes a claim for its crown' -- Angus Watson, author of Age of Iron and You Die When You Die.

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“A dark twist on a familiar tale”

A retelling of the legend of King Arthur which is at once recognisable yet slightly off-kilter. Set after the Roman have left and regional kings have consolidated their power, yet there is no one King. Londinium,... More

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“A brilliant retelling of Arthurian legends for our times”

My thanks to Head of Zeus for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘By Force Alone’ by Lavie Tidhar in exchange for an honest review. It was published on 5th March.

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“A fun and fascinating version of the legend”

This was such a novel take on the Arthurian legend, complete with crime gangs and bosses, magic, shapeshifting and lots of swearing. The book is split into parts, each of which focuses on a different aspect of the... More

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