A God in Chains
"...the closest thing to Vance since Vance."
says George R.R. Martin
Searching for his stolen past in the Dying Earth.
He calls himself Farouche, after a character from legend, but his reality is that his memories and identity were stolen from him by a secret enemy.
In a far-future world of wizards and walled cities, he finds himself trailing a wealthy merchant’s caravan across a dusty plain. Possessed of a soldier’s skills, he hires on with the merchant and begins to build a life. But his efforts to discover his past reveal a dark prospect: was he a participant in a notorious massacre of innocents?
Will Farouche come to know the truth? Will he survive the journey across a lawless land to the remote city of Olliphract, ruled by half-mad thaumaturges? And when he finally lays bare the plot in which he has been ensnared, will it be too late?
Matthew Hughes delivers another dark fantastical adventure set in a decadent Dying Earth, where men and half-men and even the gods themselves contend for earthly power and unearthly prizes.
A God in Chains is the latest Matthew Hughes’ Archonate series novel.
“Hughes's boldness is admirable” -- New York Review of Science Fiction
About the Author:
Matthew Hughes writes fantasy and space opera, often in a Jack Vance mode. Booklist has called him Vance’s "heir apparent."
His short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, F&SF, Postscripts, Lightspeed, and Interzone, and invitation-only anthologies including Songs of the Dying Earth, Rogues, Old Mars, Old Venus, The Book of Swords, and The Book of Magic, all edited by George R.R. Martin and/or Gardner Dozois.
He has won the Arthur Ellis Award, and has been shortlisted for the Aurora, Nebula, Philip K. Dick, Endeavour (twice), A.E. Van Vogt, and Derringer Awards.
He spent more than thirty years as one of Canada’s leading speechwriters for political leaders and corporate executives. Since 2007, he has been traveling the world as an itinerant housesitter, has lived in twelve countries, and has no fixed address. [MORE]
"A God in Chains is far and above the average adventure novel in sophistication, yet is as readable as the best of them. The further into it you get, the deeper you are drawn into the quest, the greater your desire to find out what happens next. Nothing about this book is disappointing. Heck of a good read. If you are looking for an immersive escape from the depressing news of late, this book is perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Highly recommended." - R. Graeme Cameron, Amazing Stories
"You don’t need to know anything about the Archonate or any of Mr. Hughes’s other work to enjoy this novel, and you will probably want to search more of his work out when you have finished it; recommended!" - Alison S. Coad
"The characters are complex and develop along with the events in the narrative; the story is rich and detailed with just enough detail to form a powerful mental image and to develop a strong resonance with each of the protagonists." - Kindle Customer
"...this one has mystery, adventure, magic, intriguing characters, and plenty of surprises. Highly recommended!" - Shirley M.
"There is precious little in the way of thoughtful sci fi these days, and Hughes is one of the select." - gersen
"Matthew Hughes is the only author that shares the shelf with Jack Vance." - Fernando
"This was a well-paced and well plotted book that I read in a single sitting" - Charles L. Kneifel
"Just finished with tears still on my face... " - Patrick Moore LMT
"If you are a fan of Scott Lynch, Elizabeth Bear, and others, and you have not read his stuff, you do not know what you are missing." - MICHAEL D.
"Riveting, intriguing, insightful and entertaining, thought-provoking, what more can I say? Don't miss this one." -- Rick Givens, amazon
"A superb science fantasy novel from start to finish." -- Penseroso, amazon
"He's a terrific storyteller, with compelling characters, plots that pull you in, and a way with words that is unmatched by anyone writing fantasy today." -- Donald Pollock, amazon
"Matthew Hughes weaves a cunning story of magic and power and treachery into a thrilling tale of adventure and mystery! Highly recommended!" -- George Kelley, amazon
"If you are a fan of Scott Lynch, Elizabeth Bear, and others, and you have not read his stuff, you do not know what you are missing." -- Michael D, amazon
"This is a Cracker Jack Novel and by far the best I have read this year and as I read several books a week that encompasses most of the well-reviewed fantasies and science fiction books published so far this year." -- Windy, amazon
"You will not be disappointed." -- trackhorse, amazon
- "Hughes's boldness is admirable" - New York Review of Science Fiction
- "Hughes effortlessly renders fantastic worlds and beings believable" - Publishers Weekly
- "Heir apparent to Jack Vance" - Booklist
- "Criminally underrated" - George R.R. Martin