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Fathom by Cherie Priest

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Also by Cherie Priest:

The Agony House, October 2018
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Indigo, June 2017
Hardcover
Brimstone, April 2017
Trade Size
Chapelwood, September 2015
Paperback
Maplecroft, September 2014
Paperback
Fiddlehead, November 2013
Paperback
The Inexplicables, November 2012
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Hellbent, September 2011
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The Book of Cthulhu, September 2011
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Bewere The Night, April 2011
Paperback
Fathom, December 2008
Hardcover
Four and Twenty Blackbirds, October 2005
Trade Size

Fathom
Cherie Priest

Tor Books
December 2008
On Sale: December 9, 2008
384 pages
ISBN: 0765318407
EAN: 9780765318404
Hardcover
$25.95
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Non-Fiction

“I can’t fathom them, and neither can you.”

The ageless water witch Arahab has been scheming for eons, gathering the means to awaken the great Leviathan. She aims to bring him and the old gods back to their former glory, caring little that their ascendance will also mean an end to the human race. However, awakening the Leviathan is no small feat. In fact, Arahab can’t complete the ritual without human aid.

Arahab’s first choice is José Gaspar, a notorious sea pirate from eighteenth-century Spain. But when the task proves too difficult for Gaspar, she must look elsewhere, biding her time until the 1930’s, when the ideal candidate shows up: a slightly deranged teenager named Bernice.

Bernice is sophisticated, torn from New York and forced to spend a miserable summer on Anna Maria Island, a tiny rock off the coast of Florida. She’s also been saddled with the companionship of her farm-raised cousin Nia. Eventually, Bernice’s disenchantment gives way to rage, which in turn leads her to commit a deadly crime. When Nia won’t cover for Bernice’s actions, she turns on Nia, chasing her into the deadly coastal waves.

But the timing is right and the elementals have better ideas: the moment the girls go under, Bernice is commandeered for Arahab’s task force, and Nia is turned into a strange and powerful new creature by a servant of the earth who doesn’t want to surrender his green fields and muddy plains—not yet, at least. Add in a hapless fire inspector who’s just trying to get his paperwork in order, a fire god whose neutrality has been called into question, and a bizarre religious cult, and rural Florida doesn’t seem quite so sleepy anymore.

Cherie Priest, who stormed onto the scene with the stunning Southern Gothic trio that began with Four and Twenty Blackbirds, now brings the same masterful writing and unforgettable characterization to the realm of near- contemporary rural fantasy. The result, Fathom, is fast- paced, stunning, and quite unlike anything you’ve ever read.

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