The Daughters' War (Blacktongue) (Hardcover)

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Enter the fray in this luminous new adventure from Christopher Buehlman, set during the war-torn, goblin-infested years just before The Blacktongue Thief.

The goblins have killed all of our horses and most of our men.

They have enslaved our cities, burned our fields, and still they wage war.

Now, our daughters take up arms.

Galva — Galvicha to her three brothers, two of whom the goblins will kill — has defied her family’s wishes and joined the army’s untested new unit, the Raven Knights. They march toward a once-beautiful city overrun by the goblin horde, accompanied by scores of giant war corvids. Made with the darkest magics, these fearsome black birds may hold the key to stopping the goblins in their war to make cattle of mankind.

The road to victory is bloody, and goblins are clever and merciless. The Raven Knights can take nothing for granted — not the bonds of family, nor the wisdom of their leaders, nor their own safety against the dangerous war birds at their side. But some hopes are worth any risk.

Also by Christopher Buehlman
The Blacktongue Thief

About the Author

CHRISTOPHER BUEHLMAN (he/him) is an author, comedian, and screenwriter from St. Petersburg, Florida, whose books include The Blacktongue Thief, The Daughters' War, and Between Two Fires. He spent his youth touring renaissance festivals in the US, performing his cult-favorite comedy act, Christophe the Insultor. As of this writing he lives in Ohio with his aerialist wife, Jennifer, an ancient rescue dog named Duck, and two cats who just showed up, as they do.

Praise For…

“Buehlman has a real gift for writing complicated, endearing characters trying to do their best in a complicated, fully lived-in world. I can’t wait for his next book.”—Kelly Link, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist Get in Trouble

“Christopher Buehlman’s worldbuilding is second-to-none, so grimly evocative it feels like the worst parts of history in the best possible way. Galva’s story is full of heartbreak and despair, but its darkness is balanced by exquisitely-crafted moments that explore the bonds of friendship, sisterhood, and love that endure despite the soul-shattering horrors of war.”—Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld

“Thrilling. . . Series fans looking for insight into Buehlman’s badass heroine’s psyche will want to check this out.”—Publishers Weekly

“When I read The Blacktongue Thief, I immediately wanted more in this fascinating world and especially more of Galva; thankfully, Buehlman has delivered! Her character shines from every page, grizzled and naïve both at once. Poetic, insightful, and grim without being hopeless. I loved it!”—Django Wexler, author of The Thousand Names

“A masterful tale of war and loss. The Daughters' War is achingly beautiful, and once it has you in its grip, it will not let go until you turn that final page.”—Shauna Lawless, author of The Children of Gods and Fighting Men

"Fans of the previous book will relish this prequel, while those who have never read The Blacktongue Thief will find much to enjoy in this unflinching look at family, loss, love, and war. Highly recommended for all fantasy collections.”—Booklist, STARRED review

“Beuhlman bursts through the confines of modern fantasy with a story by turns profane, brutal, beautiful, devastating. A work of towering imagination, twists of a razor-honed wit, Galva’s indelible voice, characters that move with undeniable authenticity to their fates—The Daughters' War shows what fantasy can be in the hands of a master. Prepare yourself.”—John Hornor Jacobs, author of A Lush and Seething Hell

"The Daughters' War is so exactly what I want in a fantasy novel it almost feels as if Chris wrote it for me."—Christian Cameron, author of Killer of Men

"Readers who were caught up in the political shenanigans, hopeless battles, and pyrrhic victories of Brian McClellan’s In the Shadow of Lightning or Daniel Abraham’s Age of Ash will be enthralled, while those who like their grimdark fantasy to trip over into horror will find similarities between the characters of Galva and Alex Easton from T. Kingfisher’s What Feasts at Night.”—Library Journal, STARRED review

"The Daughters’ War is the rare prequel that makes you want to pick up the first book again. . . . It's a story of loss and horror and inexplicable beauty.”—Locus

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250887672
ISBN-10: 1250887674
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: June 25th, 2024
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Blacktongue