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The Price of Thorns
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The Price of Thorns
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The Price of Thorns
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Argyll Productions
novel, fantasy, pine marten
Tim Susman
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Style:  Literary Work
Content:  Novel
Print:  Color Cover, Text Interior
Size:  5.5 x 8.5
Pages:  508
ISBN: 978-1-61450-580-8
Parental Rating:  PG
Publication Date:  November 2023


This title is currently available for pre-order, it will be November 14, 2023.


Synopsis: Stories and Secrets

In this land where stories are as much a currency as gold or silver, secrets-the stories you don't tell--also have their price. Nivvy the thief keeps many secrets, having left his home for the Thieves Guild, then having left the Thieves Guild-involuntarily-for a life alone. His fortune changes the day Bella, a mysterious woman in an ancient dress, hires him for a nigh-impossible theft: to steal back the kingdom she claims is her own. If Nivvy is equal to this epic task, surely he will be admitted back to proper disreputability in the Thieves Guild.

But Bella has secrets of her own, and her quest is not what it appears to be. As Nivvy uncovers some of the truths behind what he'd dismissed as ancient stories and Bella's improbable connection to those tales, he realizes that this journey is more dangerous than he could have dreamed. If he survives this adventure, merely stealing a kingdom couldn't hold a candle to the rest of the story...

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A relatable fantasy tale full of surprises
It’s only human to resist change, but Tim Susman braves unfamiliar territory in his epic fantasy novel, proving he can captivate loyal furry fans and new mainstream readers alike. The Price of Thorns tells the stories of Nivvy, a lovable but flawed young man hired to help a mysterious old woman steal back her kingdom. The back cover synopsis ends there, revealing nothing past chapter one. Subsequent pages are full of surprises as Susman turns common, escapist furry and fantasy themes on their heels, daring to ask: what if being an animal weren’t so much fun? What if magic caused more harm than good, and people might be better off without it? Perhaps readers won’t dream of visiting Nivvy’s world as they do Middle-Earth or Narnia; magic as a tool is limited and often grim (just wait 'til you see what djinn do with it) and the cities feel like real metropolises: striking and full of history, but also smelly, seedy, and a bit dangerous (at least, the parts Nivvy tends to frequent). But there’s no need for a return visit to Spire or Copper Port, not when Susman’s crafty world building makes the stories heard, lessons learned, and friends made feel real long after the last page. Don’t be fooled by the human protagonist; as long-time Susman fans will hope, there are indeed anthropomorphic animals in Nivvy’s world, and The Price of Thorns holds some of the best furry writing found in any genre. Far from just being human-smart animals who can talk, these characters’ species write their experiences in vivid detail. Birds of prey, with their sharp long-distance eyesight, enjoy the scenery on long trips. Rodents and mustelids navigate using shadows made by leaves and grasses on the forest floor, ever aware of their own mortality. Even the speed at which small bodies use up energy from food factors into characters’ day-to-day lives. Without a doubt, the greatest strength of The Price of Thorns is its humanity. Susman writes humans, animals, and magical beings alike with such empathetic detail that everyone, no matter how gray their morals, feels nuanced and goes through a meaningful transformation. Notably, LGBTQ+ characters’ stories are told with modern sensitivity, empowering readers and making them feel seen. With its countless brilliantly human moments, everyone will find something to relate to, whether it’s the sinking loss of a future that once seemed promised; the disappointment of trying to see the good in people who continually show darkness; or crippling grief after a preventable tragedy. Ultimately, the heartfelt message of The Price of Thorns is the same for everyone: whatever has befallen you—and no matter if it’s a result of your own decisions or plain-old bad luck—life is always worth living and making great.
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