Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Dog of the North crosses the pond

My attention was drawn today to the following very favourable review of The Dog of the North in the US Publishers' Weekly. It's hard not to be satisfied with with a starred review that characterises the atmosphere as "almost Shakespearean".

The Dog of the North Tim Stretton. Macmillan UK/Tor (IPG/Trafalgar Sq., dist.), $14.95 paper (304p) ISBN 978-0-330-46083-5
Debut author Stretton skillfully chronicles court intrigue in rival city-states in this unique fantasy tale. Arren is a young boy taken from poverty and brought into the Lord of Croad's household. Beauceron, the Dog of the North, is a vassal of the Snow King of Mettingloom and obsessive in his desire to capture the city of Croad. Each plot line moves adroitly through themes of love and revenge toward a surprising climax. Stretton adeptly uses courtly, carefully structured discourse and Italianate names and places to evoke an almost Shakespearean atmosphere, providing hints to Beauceron's identity but never giving too much away. This cleverly plotted fantasy mystery is full of intelligent dialogue, enthralling characters, and dramatic world-building that will hold readers' attention to the last page.
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11 comments:

Aliya Whiteley said...

Woop! That absolutely rocks!

Frances Garrood said...

Great review, Tim! You must be delighted.

Tim Stretton said...

I'm very pleased with it - not just because it's favourable, but because the reviewer understood what I was trying to achieve.

Aliya Whiteley said...

Yeah, they really got it! That's top.

Matt Curran said...

That's a great review, Tim, for a great book I might add. I'll be interested to see what happens if Dog Of the North does well across the pond. Will Macmillan reappraise Dog in the UK if that happens?

David Isaak said...

Woo-hoo! That's excellent!

I might add that Publisher's Weekly has the reputation of being a harsh reviewer, so I'm pleased to see that your passed through their gates not only unscathed but wearing laurels.

Matt raises an interesting question. I'd like to add to it by raising another: If Pan Mac isn't interested in your world, maybe you should consider getting an agent over here who wants to get the series rolling as a US publication.

Of course, that would mean you were back to the query grind. But if you were to do it part time, and didn't let it throw you offstride, and don't mind the international postage...

Let me know if you decide to go down that road--I can suggest some fantasy agents.

Len Tyler said...

Tim, brilliant review - and a very perceptive one. Good luck with sales in the US.

pecooper said...

Great review, and by someone who got it, too. So when is the book scheduled to be published in the US? know the copy I picked up turned out to be a special order by the store from a Canadian supplier.

Alis said...

Isn't it great when reviews are not only complimentary but perceptive and on the ball? This is a well-deserved review, Tim and I hope it's going to be the start of TDOTN becoming a big thing in the US!

Elfy said...

Good luck with it, Tim. Hopefully sales will be strong and we may see more of the adventures of Beauceron.

Tim Stretton said...

Naturally I'm very keen to see how we go in America. I'm not even sure of the book's status over there since the review describes it as "Macmillan UK/Tor" - so the normal UK edition.

That said, it seems to be selling, albeit in small quantities, on Amazon US, but I'm not quite sure how.

David, I may very well take up your fantasy agents idea. Nothing to lose by looking for a US deal...