Monday 2 October 2017

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway - Horizon by Fran Wilde

Author: Fran Wilde
Series: Bone Universe (Book 3)
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Tor Books (September 26, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 076537787X
ISBN-13: 978-0765377876

Book Description:
A City of living Bone towers crumbles to the ground and danger surrounds. Kirit Densira has lost everything she loved the most―her mother, her home, and the skies above. Nat Brokenwings―once Kirit's brother long before the rebellion tore them apart―is still trying to save his family in the face of catastrophe. They will need to band together once more to ensure not just own survival, but that of their entire community.

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Praise for THE BONE UNIVERSE Series

"Wilde’s fantastical trilogy (after Cloudbound) takes on violent political divisions, ecological desolation, and the imminent death of the only world the characters have ever known....Fans of the series will be satisfied by its conclusion." ―Publishers Weekly on Horizon

“A fantastic follow-up to Updraft―I liked it better than its predecessor, particularly for what it says about the politics of fear and prejudice, and how giving people what they want isn't always the best thing." ―Aliette de Bodard, award-winning author of House of Shattered Wings, on Cloudbound
"A thrilling and complex tale about the most difficult stage of a revolution: what do you do after you win? Highly recommended both for the story it tells as well as how it tells that story. Wilde takes risks that pay off hugely.” ―Ken Liu, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Grace of Kings, on Cloudbound

"A book that’s impossible to put down. [Wilde has] planted herself firmly in the “authors to watch” category." ―Andrew Liptak on Updraft

"The world of the towers grown from bone, where residents strap on wings and soar the air currents, is captivating...Kirit’s journey to find her place is satisfying, but the real draw is a world that readers will be anxious to revisit in future volumes of this exciting new series." ―Library Journal, starred review, on Updraft



While far beneath, four strug gled to rise again, proud.

The night we fell out of the clouds, and all those that followed, I fought against my dreams.

In the dark, I dodged sleep by singing of wind and wings with Ciel, Nat, and Wik. The city groaned and wheezed beside us.

When we ran out of songs, Ciel quieted, then slept, her head pillowed on my leg, her hair caked with grime.

I sharpened blades. Nat paced. Wik leaned back against the city’s foot, and I leaned against him. The cloud above us blocked the stars. A spare breeze barely ruffled my robe until a drizzling rain began. We sheltered beneath what remained of our wings.

When exhaustion won me too, I dreamed only of the ground.

Here, we could not escape the dust and the dead. Not even in sleep.

Some nights, my mother, Ezarit, walked with me, silent, her face obscured by clouds, her wings broken. Some nights, the blackwing Dix attacked us again and again from above.

Their ghosts were always gone by morning.

To night, they fought each other, circling, then clashing over-head. They trailed behind me, singing The Rise.

Dreams trapped me the way thirst, pain, and loss caught us all. Ezarit and Dix wrapped their arms around me, and I fought them, thrashing.

Wik whispered, “Kirit, shhhh.” He lowered his voice to keep from disturbing Ciel.

Too late, his niece kicked and cried out for her brother. “Moc! Fly!”

“Shhhh,” Wik whispered to her too. He sat guard against our nightmares until we settled back to uneasy sleep.

About the Author
Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been nominated for two Nebula awards and a Hugo, and include her Andre Norton- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel, Updraft (Tor 2015), its sequels, Cloudbound (2016) and Horizon (2017), and the novelette “The Jewel and Her Lapidary” ( Publishing 2016). Her short stories appear in Asimov’s,, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Nature, and the 2017 Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. She writes for publications including The Washington Post,, Clarkesworld,, and You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and at

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  1. write a book....ideally my own autobiography

  2. If I knew I could try anything and not fail the dream I would allow to come true is for me to be able to fly!