Orphans of the Tide - Orphans of the Tide (Paperback)
  • Orphans of the Tide - Orphans of the Tide (Paperback)

Orphans of the Tide - Orphans of the Tide (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages
Published: 20/02/2020
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Waterstones Says

Boasting stunning world-building and memorable characters to really root for, Murray’s maritime fantasy revolves around a mysterious boy accused of being a vengeful god and a fearless young inventor who is the only one to believe him innocent.

The City was built on a sharp mountain that jutted improbably from the sea, and the sea kept trying to claim it back. That grey morning, once the tide had retreated, a whale was found on a rooftop.

When a mysterious boy washes in with the tide, the citizens believe he's the Enemy - the god who drowned the world - come again to cause untold chaos.

Only Ellie, a fearless young inventor living in a workshop crammed with curiosities, believes he's innocent.

But the Enemy can take possession of any human body and the ruthless Inquisition are determined to destroy it forever.

To save the boy, Ellie must prove who he really is - even if that means revealing her own dangerous secret...

Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
ISBN: 9780241384435
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 281 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm


A sumptuously atmospheric adventure . . . Murray is a tirelessly inventive storyteller - Emily Bearn, The Daily Telegraph

Gripping . . . with a touch of Frances Hardinge's bizarre brilliance - Imogen Russell Williams, The Guardian

Unputdownable . . . Murray has an extraordinary imagination - Alex O'Connell, The Times

Energetic and inventive . . . and with some startling surprises, this is also touching about friendship, siblings, loss and courage - Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

Struan Murray . . . effortlessly joins the ranks of the most skilled world-creators . . . Unpredictable, filled with plot twists and shades of moral grey, Orphans of the Tide is both gripping and original. - Kitty Empire, The Observer

A beautifully written fantasy adventure with prose that is both muscular and musical, and outstanding world building. - Sarah Webb, Irish Independent

Orphans of the Tide is singularly brilliant. So inventive, and weird, and beautiful, with just the right amount of bite and darkness. I predict big things! - Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars and The Mercies

I loved it! Dark and thrilling. Great characters to root for. Perilous plot. Extraordinary, vivid world building . . . brilliant! - Eloise Williams, Children's Laureate Wales

The most original opening I've read in years and a plot twist that turns brilliantly - Abi Elphinstone, author of Sky Song

This is a terrific debut of strange myths and dark secrets, fierce loyalties and ruthless villains, told against the thrilling backdrop of a half submerged city. - The Bookseller – Editor's Choice

Compellingly inventive and unpredictable, kept me guessing right till the end. - Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild

Absolutely cracking! Great characters, with quite the nastiest villain I've met in a long while. - Fleur Hitchcock, author of The Boy Who Flew

Outstanding and immersive . . . I devoured this in one go - book blogger Lily SugarPlum Faery

An imaginative journey to a stunning fantasy world, full of twists and heart . . . an absolute corker . . . filled with swashbuckling adventure . . . an enthralling fantasy that moves through dark and grisly scenes of grave peril to positively touching moments of profound friendship. An incredibly imaginative narrative that fills its reader with wonder and thrills while also not being afraid to share quieter moments of real heart. - The Daily Express

There is a touch of Phillip Pullman about the world that Murray creates, and Murray matches Pullman lyrical prose [...] The comparison, however, should not take away from Murray's originality [...] the characters themselves, led by the plucky Ellie, anchor Orphans of the Tide in an urgent, human reality. - Irish Times

The energetic steampunk vibe overlies a thoughtful fable about compassion and justice - New Statesman

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Gavin Hetherington

“Gorgeously Gothic”

Orphans of the Tide is set on the last city on Earth - everywhere has been drowned by the Enemy, and for years The City has been terrified of the Enemy returning to use someone as a Vessel to bring about more... More

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Cat at York

“An original, exciting take on good vs evil”

I was blown away by this read, as it deftly dealt with lots of complex emotions while never letting the pace of the story slow down. Ellie is a fantastic heroine, and I loved her relationship with bff Anna, and the... More

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Scott Evans (The Reader Teacher/MrEPrimary)

“Pullman-esque with its world building... Struan is a literary genius.”

Set in a half-submerged city that’s Pullman-esque with its hauntingly ethereal world-building, Struan is a literary genius. A cinematic adventure told like no other; I already predict this being one of 2020’s best.... More

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