The whispering swarm /Material type: BookSeries: Moorcock, Michael, Sanctuary of the White Friars: bk. 1.Publisher: New York : TOR, A Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2015.Edition: First edition.Description: 480 pages ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780765324801; 0765324806.Subject(s): Whitefriars (Monastery : Coventry, England) -- Fiction | London (England) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Fiction | Fantasy fiction | Science fiction | Fiction | Historical fiction | Fantasy fiction | Science fiction | Fantasy fiction | Fantasy fiction
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<p> A celebrated fantasist returns with a unique excursion to a time-twisted realm hidden in the byways of London, city of his birth and his heart <br> <br> Almost anyone who has read or written SF or fantasy has been inspired by the work of Michael Moorcock. His literary flair and grand sense of adventure have been evident since his controversial first novel Behold the Man , through the stories and novels featuring his most famous character, Elric of Melniboné, to his fantasy masterpiece, Gloriana , winner of both the Campbell Memorial and World Fantasy awards for best novel. Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, and Michael Chabon all cite Moorcock as a major influence; as editor of New Worlds magazine, he helped launch the careers of many of his contemporaries, including Harlan Ellison, Philip K. Dick, and J. G. Ballard.<br> <br> Tor Books now proudly presents Moorcock's first independent novel in nine years, a tale both fantastical and autobiographical, a celebration of London and what it meant to be young there in the years after World War II. The Whispering Swarm is the first in a trilogy that will follow a young man named Michael as he simultaneously discovers himself and a secret realm hidden deep in the heart of London.</p>
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.
London just after the war, a city desperately trying to get back on its feet. And one young boy, Michael Moorcock, who is about to discover a world of magic and wonder. Between his first tentative approaches to adulthood -- a job on Fleet Street, the first stirrings of his interest in writing -- and a chance encounter with a mysterious Carmelite Friar, we see a version of Moorcock's life that is simultaneously a biography and a story.