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Iron Council

Iron Council

(Book #3 in the Bas-Lag series)


Book Overview: Iron Council

Following Perdido Street Station and The Scar, acclaimed author China Miéville returns with his hugely anticipated Del Rey hardcover debut. With a fresh and fantastical band of characters, he carries us back to the decadent squalor of New Crobuzon--this time, decades later.

It is a time of wars and revolutions, conflict and intrigue. New Crobuzon is being ripped apart from without and within. War with the shadowy city-state of Tesh and rioting on the streets at home are pushing the teeming city to the brink. A mysterious masked figure spurs strange rebellion, while treachery and violence incubate in unexpected places.

In desperation, a small group of renegades escapes from the city and crosses strange and alien continents in the search for a lost hope.

In the blood and violence of New Crobuzon's most dangerous hour, there are whispers. It is the time of the iron council. . . .

The bold originality that broke Miéville out as a new force of the genre is here once more in Iron Council the voluminous, lyrical novel that is destined to seal his reputation as perhaps the edgiest mythmaker of the day.

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"Miéville moves effortlessly into the first division of those who use the tools and weapons of the fantastic to define and create the fiction of the coming century."

"Continuously fascinating . . . Miéville creates a world of outrageous inventiveness."
-- The Denver Post

China Miéville is a renowned British author, best known for his works in fantasy fiction. Born in Norwich, England, in 1972, Miéville pursued both a bachelor's degree and PhD in International Relations from the University of London. He published his first novel, "King Rat", in 1998 which hinted at the distinct, imaginative style that would later become his signature. His breakthrough came with "Perdido Street Station", an unconventional fantasy released in 2000, setting the tone for the acclaimed Bas-Lag trilogy. Throughout his career, Miéville has been a beacon of genre innovation. His works blend elements of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, showcasing imaginative world-building and intricate plotlines. This unique style, termed the 'New Weird,' regularly serves up a thoughtful examination of social and political issues. Miéville's remarkable storytelling abilities have been acknowledged with multiple prestigious awards, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the British Fantasy Award. Beyond his contribution to literature, Miéville is also an active participant in British politics. He's been candid about his socialist beliefs and was a member of the International Socialist Organization. This political engagement frequently threads through his fiction and is a testament to his ability to interweave the personal with the universal, the real with the fantastic. With his rich, thought-provoking narratives and revolutionary approach to genre, China Miéville continues to leave an indelible mark on contemporary literature.


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