The Folded World by Catherynne M. Valente
(Dirge for Prester John)

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When the mysterious daughter of Prester John appears on the doorstep of her father''s palace, she brings with her news of war in the West--the Crusades have begun, and the bodies of the faithful are washing up on the shores of Pentexore. Three narratives intertwine to tell the tale of the beginning of the end of the world: a younger, angrier Hagia, the blemmye-wife of John and Queen of Pentexore, who takes up arms with the rest of her nation to fight a war they barely understand, Vyala, a lion-philosopher entrusted with the care of the deformed and prophetic royal princess, and another John, John Mandeville, who in his many travels discovers the land of Pentexore--on the other side of the diamond wall meant to keep demons and monsters at bay. These three voices weave a story of death, faith, beauty, and power, dancing in the margins of true history, illuminating a place that never was.

About Catherynne M. Valente

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Catherynne M. Valente began September's adventures in installments on the Web; the project won legions of fans and also the CultureGeek Best Web Fiction of the Decade award. She lives with her husband on an island off the coast of Maine. She has written many novels for adults, but this is her children's book debut.
Published November 1, 2011 by Night Shade Books. 320 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The complex sequel to 2010’s The Habitation of the Blessed details the travels and travails of fantastical creatures caught between ancient myth and early Christianity.

Sep 26 2011 | Read Full Review of The Folded World (Dirge for P...

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The Folded World is a continuation of the spellbinding story of the Prester John series, and it picks up where the last left off with Brother Hiob sprouted and his assistant taking over his work of translating the books with John’s story.

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