Northshire Saratoga: Alexandra Rowland - Running Close to the Wind

In person at our NY location!
Event date: 
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
424 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


This is an in person event at our Saratoga Springs, NY store!

Author of A Taste of Gold and Iron, Alexandra Rowland, will join us in our Saratoga store to share their new queer pirate fantasy standalone adventure!

"Come for the irrepressible gremlin of a narrator, stay for the plot-relevant cake competitions! A whip-smart, hilarious and exuberant high seas romp."—Freya Marske, Sunday Times bestselling author of A Marvellous Light

"Queer pirates, disgusting magical sea serpents, a run of unbelievably good luck, boatloads of hijinks, and a baking contest as blood sport make this book an incredible romp. If you need some more fun in your reading diet, this is the book for you." - Rachel Person, Northshire Bookstore Director of Events

A LitHub most anticipated book of 2024

Avra Helvaçi, former field agent of the Araşti Ministry of Intelligence, has accidentally stolen the single most expensive secret in the world—and the only place to flee with a secret that big is the open sea.

To find a buyer with deep enough pockets, Avra must ask for help from his on-again, off-again ex, the pirate Captain Teveri az-Ḥaffār. They are far from happy to see him, but together, they hatch a plan: take the information to the isolated pirate republic of the Isles of Lost Souls, fence it, profit. The only things in their way? A calculating new Araşti ambassador to the Isles of Lost Souls who’s got his eyes on Avra’s every move; Brother Julian, a beautiful, mysterious new member of the crew with secrets of his own and a frankly inconvenient vow of celibacy; the fact that they’re sailing straight into sea serpent breeding season and almost certain doom.

But if they can find a way to survive and sell the secret on the black market, they’ll all be as wealthy as kings—and, more important, they’ll be legends.

Alexandra Rowland is the author of fantasy books including A Taste of Gold and Iron, A Conspiracy Of Truths, and Some by Virtue Fall, as well as a four-time Hugo Award-nominated podcaster. They have a degree in world literature, mythology, and folklore, and all their work is supervised by their feline quality control manager.

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Running Close to the Wind By Alexandra Rowland Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250802538
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Published: Tordotcom - June 11th, 2024

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A Taste of Gold and Iron By Alexandra Rowland Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250800398
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Published: Tordotcom - May 30th, 2023

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