Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Whispering Swarm by Michael Moorcock

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The Whispering Swarm by Michael Moorcock
Expected publication: January 13, 2015 by Tor Books

Back in the Thirteenth Century, King Henry III granted a plot of land in the heart of London to an order of Friars known as the Carmelites. In return, they entered into a compact with God to guard a holy object. This sanctuary became a refuge for many of ill-repute, as the Friars cast no judgment and took in all who were in search of solace.

Known as Alsatia, it did not suffer like the rest of the world. No Plague affected it. No Great Fire burned it. No Blitz destroyed it. Within its walls lies a secret to existence – one that has been kept since the dawn of time – a bevy of creation, where reality and romance, life and death, imaginary and real share the same world.

One young man’s entrance into this realm sends a shockwave of chaos through time. What lies at the center of this sacred realm is threatened for the first time in human existence.

Science fiction and fantasy legend Michael Moorcock launches his first new trilogy in ten years with The Whispering Swarm

As a huge fan of the Eternal Champion saga, the idea of truly independent novel (his first in 9 years) is sounds extremely interesting, and that fact that he's described it himself as "an autobiographical novel with a very heavy fantasy element" suggests we'll get meta flavor we've come to expect from his work. It's an oft-delayed book, first teased for publication in 2012, but with Moorcock now working on the sequel, it seems a safe be we will see it soon.


  1. OOh that sounds interesting! Hope you enjoy it once you read it!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  2. Curious what lies within Alsatia now...

  3. Yes, this is on my list as well! For some reason I thought it was slated to be out at the end of the month. Damn, oh well, just a couple more months to wait!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. Yeah, it's been bumped more than a few times . . .

  4. don't like the cover, but the plot sure is intriguing!

    1. Neither does Moorcock, apparently - he's made it very clear the Holy Grail appears nowhere in the story. LOL

  5. Well, I really hope it won't get delayed again! Great pick!

  6. I've never read Michael Moorcock but this does look intriguing. Have a great week!