THE RETURN OF THE KING
As SFX was going to press, long hinted- at news of a new novel from Michael Moorcock finally solidified into something definite. The Whispering Swarm: Book One Of The Sanctuary Of The White Friars is the first offering in a trilogy. While there’s no news on when the book will hit UK stores, Tor in the USA will publish the novel on 13 January 2015.
“I’m not sure if I really should be working on trilogies at my age,” Moorcock has said, “but this one is essentially an autobiographical novel with a very heavy fantasy element.”
At the centre of the trilogy lies Alsatia, an area of London between the Thames and Fleet Street, and which in this part of the multiverse was a place of sanctuary until Parliament decreed otherwise in 1697. In the book, a young man’s arrival in Alsatia, as the blurb has it, “sends a shockwave of chaos through time”.