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A dark urban fantasy thriller from one of the all-time masters of the genre.

"the literary fantasy of the year" Guardian, Fiction Recommendations of the Year

Deep in the research wing of the Natural History Museum is a prize specimen, something that comes along much less often than once in a lifetime: a perfect, and perfectly preserved, giant squid. But what does it mean when the creature suddenly and impossibly disappears?

For curator Billy Harrow it's the start of a headlong pitch into a London of warring cults, surreal magic, apostates and assassins. It might just be that the creature he's been preserving is more than a biological rarity: there are those who are sure it's a god.

A god that someone is hoping will end the world.

PRAISE FOR CHINA MIEVILLE

"[Mieville s] wit dazzles, his humour is lively, and the pure vitality of his imagination is astonishing." Ursula K. Le Guin, The Guardian (on Three Moments of an Explosion)

"Dark and thought-provoking." The San Diego Union-Tribune (on The City & The City)

"Richly conceived." The New York Times Book Review (on Embassytown)

"Compulsively readable." The Washington Post Book World (on Perdido Street Station)

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