SFX - - Michael moorcock -

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”.

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