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7 September 2020
HB
9781910400944
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The people of an ancient city awaken one night to find the earth beneath them trembling. At the Emperor’s Palace, though, the feasting goes on. Even as the omens multiply, the High Priest insists that the gods’ favour can be bought as it always has been – with gold and ritual sacrifice.

Only the Augur – fearless, ageless, a prophetess who was once the power behind the throne – can see what is coming.

Around her, an unlikely resistance gathers: Saba and Aemilia, her two young acolytes, stolen from distant homelands long ago; Myloxenes, the truth-seeking son of the High Priest, in flight from his savage father; and Antonus, pain-wracked and exiled, raising his family far from the depravity of the Palace he once called home.

Augury is a tour-de-force of imagination and literary craft from a young author whose star is rising. The setting is ancient, yet its conflicts, fears – and its hopes – are our own.

Old Street Publishing Augury

The people of an ancient city awaken one night to find the earth beneath them trembling. At the Emperor’s Palace, though, the feasting goes on. Even as the omens multiply, the High Priest insists that the gods’ favour can be bought as it always has been – with gold and ritual sacrifice.

Only the Augur – fearless, ageless, a prophetess who was once the power behind the throne – can see what is coming.

Around her, an unlikely resistance gathers: Saba and Aemilia, her two young acolytes, stolen from distant homelands long ago; Myloxenes, the truth-seeking son of the High Priest, in flight from his savage father; and Antonus, pain-wracked and exiled, raising his family far from the depravity of the Palace he once called home.

Augury is a tour-de-force of imagination and literary craft from a young author whose star is rising. The setting is ancient, yet its conflicts, fears – and its hopes – are our own.

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‘A gothic road novel. . . the pace is well-handled throughout . . . This is the territory of Jungian archetypes, or the Seven Basic Plots, but the old ones are the good ones.’
Guardian

 
 
  • ‘A tale of adventure, a love story, an unveiling of quiet phantasmagoria and horrors and a coming of age story, this grips and enchants and you never want it to end. A seductive new voice.’
    Maxim Jakubowski
  • ‘What all the best fiction should be . . . rich and strange.’
    Marcus Sedgwick
 
 
S.E. Lister

S. E. Lister grew up in Gloucestershire, and studied Creative Writing at Warwick University. She has been reading stories since she was old enough to pick up a book, and writing them almost as long. Alongside her fiction, she writes about philosophy and film for various magazines and websites.