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The Antasy Series

Prophets of the Ghost Ants

About the Book

Both familiar and fantastic, Clark T. Carlton’s Prophets of the Ghost Ants explores a world in which food, weapons, clothing, art—even religious beliefs—are derived from Humankind’s profound intertwining with the insect world. 

In a savage landscape where humans have evolved to the size of insects, they cannot hope to dominate. Ceaselessly, humans are stalked by night wasps, lair spiders, and marauder fleas. And just as sinister, men are still men. Corrupt elites ruthlessly enforce a rigid caste system. Duplicitous clergymen and power-mongering royalty wage pointless wars for their own glory. Fantasies of a better life and a better world serve only to torment those who dare to dream. 

One so tormented is a half-breed slave named Anand, a dung-collector who has known nothing but squalor and abuse. Anand wants to lead his people against a genocidal army who fight atop fearsome, translucent Ghost Ants. But to his horror, Anand learns this merciless enemy is led by someone from his own family: a religious zealot bent on the conversion of all non-believers . . . or their extermination.

A mix of Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Shadow of the Apt, Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor, and Phillip Pullman’s Golden Compass, this is a powerful new addition to the genre. 

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Critical Praise

“A gripping read ... a fascinating, enjoyable sci-fi yarn.” —Kirkus Reviews

“I’m fascinated by the world building in Clark Carlton’s Prophets of the Ghost Ants.” —io9

“I had my proverbial socks knocked off…extraordinary scope of imagination…a perfect example of very skillful storytelling, something the field could use more of. The novel never flags, every word counts…I simply could not put this book down.” —Galaxy's Edge Magazine

“An engaging piece of fiction built upon an imaginative idea. Even though everything takes place on a very small scale, the scope of the conflict remains epic and the nature of the conflict remains quintessentially human.” —Aaron Pounds, Dreaming of Other Worlds

“One of the most engrossing, original and powerful novels I have read in years...a monumental cross-genre book, an allegory like Animal Farm, as well as a thrilling adventure into a whole new world. Exciting, visionary, a tour de force.” —Lawrence Bender, producer of Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, An Inconvenient Truth

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062429759
  • ISBN 10: 0062429752
  • Imprint: Harper Voyager Impulse
  • On Sale: 01/24/2017
  • Pages: 608
  • List Price: 9.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Fantasy / Epic
  • BISAC2: FICTION / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
  • BISAC3: FICTION / Action & Adventure

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