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Head of Zeus
The Will to Battle
19 Dec 2017 * TRADE PAPERBACK * £14.99 * 9781786699572

In the third volume of Terra Ignota, the world has been upended and war is inevitable.

Fiction / FL (Science Fiction)
Extent: 352 pages  Format: 228 x 145 mm
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Too Like the Lightning
Seven Surrenders
Perhaps the Stars
Also in Terra Ignota series
The Will to BattleTerra Ignota, 3by Ada Palmer

The year is 2454. Three centuries of peace and a hard-won golden age have come to an abrupt end.

The once steadfast leadership of the seven Hives is crumbling, soured by corruption and deception. Savagery and bloodlust, three-centuries suppressed, have been unleashed.

The terrible truth is that centuries of peace were bought with a trickle of secret murders. The killings were mathematically planned, meticulously organised to preserve the balance – to ensure no faction could dominate.

But now the secret is out, the balance has tipped, the Hives' utopian façade has slipped. Just days ago, humanity stood at the pinnacle of civilization. Now everyone – Hives and Hiveless, Utopians and sensayers, emperors and convicts, warriors and saints – is preparing for war.

Ada Palmer is an author, historian and composer. She did her PhD at Harvard, teaches History at the University of Chicago, blogs at, composes close harmony folk music and performs with the a capella group Sassafrass.

Volume 1 won the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the Compton Crook Award.

Described as The Iliad meets I, Claudius mixed with Gene Wolfe style world-building and gender politics.

MARKET: Ann Leckie; Jo Walton.

Bold, furiously inventive, and mesmerizing... The best science fiction I've read in a long while' Robert Charles Wilson

'The kind of science fiction that makes me excited all over again about what science fiction can do' Jo Walton

'Provocative, erudite, inventive, resplendent' Ken Liu

Part novel, part series of nested essays, part project, The Will to Battle is much greater than the whole; an exercise in both narrative flexibility and philosophy... It's a powerful expression of what the genre can do' Starburst magazine

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