by Matthew Kressel
Read the follow-up to the groundbreaking fantasy novel King of Shards
“Surreal and exotic…Scary, exhilarating fun!” –N.K. Jemisin, Hugo award-winning author of The Fifth Season on King of Shards
“An imaginative, intelligent, and soaring debut that mixes Jewish folklore/mysticism and modern-day social politics.”– Paul G. Tremblay, author of Cabin at the End of the World on King of Shards
“Kressel plumbs the depths of Kabbalistic lore to create a unique fantasy cosmos.” —The Huffington Post
King of Shards gets mentioned over at the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, along with several other titles, including The People of the Book, edited by Rachel Swirsky & Sean Wallace, which includes my story “The History Within Us.” A few years ago much ballyhoo was made about the fact that there was no Jewish Narnia (which in fact, there was). The Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy blog says,
A few years ago there was an Internet Kerfluffle (IK) over the suggestion that Jewish writers didn’t work in fantasy because Judaism, “is a science fiction religion … collective, technical, and this-worldly.” The elevator pitch was that there was no “Jewish Narnia.” As Internet Kerfluffles are won’t to do, this stirred up a lot of responses. Now safely removed from the explosions in the comments sections, we can safely say there is Jewish fantasy—as well as Jewish sci-fi—and we don’t merely mean novels written by Jewish writers, but rather novels with Jewish themes and drawn from Jewish traditions, the same way many much of fantasy is built upon on Christian themes. Here are five books that make the case.
King of Shards is one of the books listed. Barnes and Noble says of the book,
“With surprising twists and a deep and detailed universe, King of Shards, the first in a trilogy, is likely to be remembered for more than its Jewish roots.”
Also mentioned is The Angel of Losses, by Stephanie Feldman, which I mentioned in one of my 36 Days of Judaic Myth blog posts.
And just a reminder that I’ll be raffling off print ARCs and audiobooks of King of Shards on December 18th. Details here.