âI canât fathom them, and neither can you.âThe ageless water witch Arahab has been scheming for eons, gathering the means to awaken the great Leviathan. She aims to bring him and the old gods back to their former glory, caring little that their ascendance will also mean an end to the human race. However, awakening the Leviathan is no small feat. In fact, Arahab canât complete the ritual without human aid.Arahabâs first choice is JosÃ© Gaspar, a notorious sea pirate from eighteenth-century Spain. But when the task proves too difficult for Gaspar, she must look elsewhere, biding her time until the 1930âs, when the ideal candidate shows up: a slightly deranged teenager named Bernice. Bernice is sophisticated, torn from New York and forced to spend a miserable summer on Anna Maria Island, a tiny rock off the coast of Florida. Sheâs also been saddled with the companionship of her farm-raised cousin Nia. Eventually, Berniceâs disenchantment gives way to rage, which in turn leads her to commit a deadly crime. When Nia wonât cover for Berniceâs actions, she turns on Nia, chasing her into the deadly coastal waves.But the timing is right and the elementals have better ideas: the moment the girls go under, Bernice is commandeered for Arahabâs task force, and Nia is turned into a strange and powerful new creature by a servant of the earth who doesnât want to surrender his green fields and muddy plainsânot yet, at least. Add in a hapless fire inspector whoâs just trying to get his paperwork in order, a fire god whose neutrality has been called into question, and a bizarre religious cult, and rural Florida doesnât seem quite so sleepy anymore.Cherie Priest, who stormed onto the scene with the stunning Southern Gothic trio that began with Four and Twenty Blackbirds, now brings the same masterful writing and unforgettable characterization to the realm of near-contemporary rural fantasy. The result, Fathom, is fast-paced, stunning, and quite unlike anything youâve ever read.
| Tor Books, December 9, 2008, cover price $25.95 | About this edition:
âI canât fathom them, and neither can you.
| 1 reprint edition (Tor Books, February 2, 2010), cover price $25.99 | About this edition:
The ageless water witch Arahab has been scheming for eons, gathering the means to awaken the great Leviathan.
| 1 edition (Tor Books, April 1, 2010), cover price $9.99