Eridani's Crown

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CURSED BY PROPHECY. CORRUPTED BY POWER.


When Eridani's parents are murdered and their kingdom is seized by a traitorous duke, she plans to run. After she suffers yet another unendurable loss, the lure of revenge pulls her back.


Eridani's brilliance as a strategist offers her a path to vengeance and the throne, but success may mean becoming everything she hates. To survive, she must sway religious zealots, outwit ambitious politicians, and confront bloodthirsty warlords, all with few allies and fewer resources. Yet the most menacing obstacle she must overcome is the prophecy uttered by a powerful sorceress:

Everyone you know and trust will come to betray you.


Praise for Eridani's Crown


With a world as intricate as the titular magical artifact and a cast of characters as morally complex as figures from real history, Eridani’s Crown is a nuanced examination of the drive to acquire power and its distorting influence on our ideals. This epic fantasy will have you turning the pages deep into the night and move you in the manner only the grandest of tragedies can.

— Ken Liu, Hugo Award-winning author of The Grace of Kings


I loved this smoothly written story of an intelligent, resourceful young royal who has to grow up fast after treachery and tragedy put her in mortal danger. Eridani must summon all her courage and cunning, as well as some newfound ruthlessness, to survive and steer her own fate. Action, intrigue, personal conflicts, and plot reversals will keep you turning the pages of this tightly-woven tale.

—Laura Resnick, Campbell Award-winning author of the Esther Diamond series


Full of complicated characters and moral ambiguity, Eridani's Crown is a fascinating and haunting exploration of one woman's quest for power. Shvartsman gives us a compelling and nuanced look at the tragedy of Eridani's success that will keep you riveted.

— Tina Connolly, Hugo Award-nominated author of Ironskin


A gripping tale of empire and conquest and the crumbling of good intentions in the pursuit of power. Shvartsman takes all your expectations and turns them on their head.

— David Walton, Campbell Award-winning author of Three Laws Lethal


Neither grimdark nor heroic, Eridani's Crown is a unique mix, with just as much heart as it has pitiless depiction of human failings and foibles.

— Charles E. Gannon, Nebula and Dragon Award-nominated author of Marque of Caine


Shvartsman skillfully confronts the ways power can corrupt in this smart political fantasy. ... Tight plotting and an intricately crafted universe will keep readers hooked.

— Publishers Weekly

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About the author

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator, and anthologist from Brooklyn, NY. Over 120 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, Analog, Strange Horizons, and many other magazines and anthologies. He won the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and was a two-time finalist for the Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Fiction (2015 and 2017). He is the editor of the Unidentified Funny Objects annual anthology series of humorous SF/F, and of Future Science Fiction Digest. His epic fantasy novel, Eridani's Crown, was published in 2019. His website is www.alexshvartsman.com.

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UFO Publishing
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Oct 22, 2019
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Pages
278
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English
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Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
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Praise for the Unidentified Funny Objects anthologies, edited by Alex Shvartsman:

“This book is a delight. There are a lot of giggles here, and every now and then you’ll laugh your head off. This is a hoot from start to finish.”—Galaxy’s Edge

“Shvartsman delivers a wonderful anthology and if you want to broaden your humorous SFF reading, Unidentified Funny Objects is a great place to start.”— A Fantastical Librarian

Praise for Alex Shvartsman:

“Shvartsman is an entertaining writer who can take on many voices and make them his.” –Locus

“Alex Shvartsman’s comedy is bright and direct with clever dialogue of both the inner and outer sort.”—Tangent Online

Complete Contributor List:
Neil Gaiman
Jody Lynn Nye
Mike Resnick
Ken Liu
Nick Mamatas
Esther Friesner
David Vaughan
Kevin Wetmore
Shaenon K. Garrity
Brian Trent
Alex Shvartsman
Rachael Klahn Jones
Yvonne Navarro
Scott Huggins
Gini Koch
Aidan Doyle
Konstantine Paradias
Amanda Helms
Laura Resnick
Matt Mikalatos
Laura Pearlman
Lucy A. Snyder

Original stories by David Vaughan, Jody Lynn Nye, Mike Resnick, Brian Trent, Yvonne Navarro, G. Scott Huggins, Gini Koch, Aidan Doyle, Amanda Helms, Laura Resnick, Laura Pearlman, Lucy Snyder, and Nick Mamatas.

Reprints by Esther Friesener, Kevin Wetmore, Shaenon K. Garrity, Alex Shvatsman, Ken Liu, Rachael K. Jones, Neil Gaiman, Konstantine Paradias, and Matt Mikalatos.
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