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Senlin Ascends (Books of Babel 1) - Josiah Bancroft

Senlin Ascends (Books of Babel 1) - Josiah Bancroft

These books are from a special limited edition with a numbered print run of only 300 hardcover copies.

Title: Senlin Ascends

Author:  Josiah Bancroft

ISBN:  9780356511894

Weight:  787g

Signed special limited edition HARDCOVER




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Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

While honeymooning in the Tower of Babel, Thomas Senlin loses his wife, Marya.

The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel of the Silk Age.  Immense as a mountain, the ancient Tower holds unnumbered ringdoms, warring and peaceful, stacked one on the other like the layers of a cake.  It is a world of geniuses and tyrants, of airships and steam engines, of unusual animals and mysterious machines.

Thomas Senlin, the mild-mannered headmaster of a small village school, is drawn to the Tower by scientific curiosity and the grandiose promises of a guidebook.  The luxurious Baths of the Tower seem an ideal destination for a honeymoon, but soon after arriving, Senlin loses Marya in the crowd.

Senlin’s search for Marya carries him through madhouses, ballrooms, and burlesque theaters.  He must survive betrayal, assassination, and the long guns of a flying fortress.  But if he hopes to ever find his wife, Thomas Senlin must do more than survive.  This quiet man of letters must become a man of action.

Peer & Press Reviews

An extraordinary debut that is well worthy of the hype.  A beautifully written, highly engaging page-turning masterpiece.

Fantasy Book Review

It’s rare to find a modern book that feels like a timeless classic.  I’m wildly in love with this book.

Pierce Brown, author of the the Red Rising series

What is remarkable about this novel, quite apart from its rich, allusive prose, is Bancroft’s portrayal of Senlin, a good man in a desperate situation, and the way he changes in response to his experiences in his ascent.


Bibliographic Info

TitleSenlin Ascends
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition background

Orbit published this title straight to trade paperback on 16 Jan 2018.  However, the reviews were so good that an independent online bookseller commissioned a hardcover edition.  The resulting 300 numbered books are a true limited edition and the only hardcover copies available in the UK.

The books have an edition authentication page, directly before the title page, which confirms the book’s handwritten number.  Besides the book’s title, the name of the publisher and the month / year of publication, this page also has the following text printed on it: ‘This special edition hardcover of Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft, signed by the author, is limited to 300 copies of which this is number xxx / 300’.

Available numbersChoice of 104 or 105 [of 300, subject to availability]
SeriesBooks of Babel – book 1
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the edition / number authentication page
Book Stats
PublisherLittle, Brown Book Group
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 139780356511894
ISBN 100356511898
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)223 x 146 x 37mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photographKim Bricker
Jacket artLeino
MapsJosiah Bancroft

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