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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martins Press-3PL; Reprint edition (1 August 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765388367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765388360
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Spiderlight is a creepy-crawly treat from the master of non-human heroes, a joy from beginning to end." -- Paul Cornell, author of Witches of Lychford and The Severed Streets

"[Spiderlight] is a master class in subverting our expectations to surprise, engage, and deliver a fantastic story that works even when it isn't pulling the rug out from under us." -- Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

"Working in a small space, Tchaikovsky gives us sympathetic characters, real moral dilemmas, and emotional depth, all shot through with a sly humor that kept me grinning throughout. If, like me, you're a D&D fan who always wondered about the ethics of Detect Evil or what the orcs eat in Mordor, you will love this one." -- Django Wexler, author of the Shadow Campaigns series

"Adrian Tchaikovsky's Spiderlight is [a] story that has loyalty as a central concern, albeit loyalty to an idea. It's an interrogation of the standard opposition between Light and Dark, good and evil, and what it means to deny personhood to - to strive to exterminate - certain kinds of people based on who and what they are. It's a novel about the lies we tell ourselves about what it means to be good, a story about monsters, a story about learning to be better. (It also has a great sense of humour. And spiders.)" -- Locus

"Spiderlight is a great fantasy read from one of the UK's growing creators of world-class genre storytelling. Worth your time." -- Starburst Magazine

"Subversive and classic, Spiderlight is a timeless adventure cranked up for the modern era of readers. A warship-rocker of an adventure, Adrian Tchaikovsky has struck another literary goldmine that's perfect for readers to dive into. Gripping and highly recommended." -- Jeremy Szal, Starship Sofa

"Spiderlight is a rip-roaring, old-fashioned heroic fantasy romp that also messes playfully with some of the genre's more outdated conventions... a breathless rush that never outstays its welcome." -- Dirge Mag

"Spiderlight will take you on a ride directly through straight fantasy and into the realms of the really fantastic... a brilliantly original novel." -- Geek Syndicate

"A must-read for all fans of fantasy. Very highly recommended." -- Civilian Reader

"In a world of large epic fantasy series with mushy pacing and a lack of focus, Spiderlight is as sharp as a spider's fang, as tight as its webbing, and as multifaceted as its gaze." -- Skiffy & Fanty

"A very fun, creepy quest tale with some quirky and engaging adventurers." -- Bull Spec

"Tchaikovsky pokes gentle fun at some classic tropes and deftly uses others in a way that shows his deep love for and broad knowledge of the genre." --SF Bluestocking

About the Author

Adrian Tchaikovsky is the author of the acclaimed Shadows of the Apt fantasy series and the epic science fiction blockbuster Children of Time. He has been nominated for the David Gemmell Legend Award and a British Fantasy Society Award. In civilian life he is a lawyer, gamer and amateur entomologist.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic fantasy that comes with a spidery twist...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most excellent old-school sword and sorcery!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blackadder meets Lord of the Rings, with extra arachnids
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4.0 out of 5 stars A predictable but good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Itsy bitsy spider
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good fantasy quest romp
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun fantasy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good fantasy/magic novel
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