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Paperback Published on: 22/07/2021
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World Class SFF
This is a blisteringly good book. At first glance, 'Mordew' seems spliced together from Peake, Mieville, Blake, Dickens & Ghibli but it wrestles itself fr... READ MORE
Paul S. at Lancaster
If Dickens wrote fantasy...
Dark, grimy, gothic, and wonderfully twisted, the world of Mordew will suck you in from the first sentence. With characters as weird and evocative as if Di... READ MORE
Maureen at Waterstones Belfast
A work of art.
This book is a work of art. It is so rare to come across a work of world building so real and vivid. You can almost hear the crash of the sea and feel the ... READ MORE
Angie at Blackpool
A unique, dark fantasy with undertones of Gormenghast.
An extremely complex, unique and compelling fantasy epic. Nathan Treeves has lived in the slums of Mordew his whole life, scraping a living by trading in "... READ MORE
Jodie - Plymouth Drake Circus
A Fantastic Gothic Fantasy
The first instalment of a trilogy, ‘Mordew’ is a bleak and delightfully gothic weird fantasy that introduces a rich world. This is a book where the less yo... READ MORE
Dark and Clever Fantasy
This is a witty, unashamedly smart fantasy novel with questions of existential dread swirling about a fabulous cast of characters and interactions and some... READ MORE
Edward Woods


God is dead, his corpse hidden in the catacombs beneath Mordew. In the slums of the sea-battered city a young boy called Nathan Treeves lives with his parents, eking out a meagre existence by picking treasures from the Living Mud and the half-formed, short-lived creatures it spawns. Until one day his desperate mother sells him to the mysterious Master of Mordew. The Master derives his magical power from feeding on the corpse of God. But Nathan, despite his fear and lowly station, has his own strength – and it is greater than the Master has ever known. Great enough to destroy everything the Master has built. If only Nathan can discover how to use it. So it is that the Master begins to scheme against him – and Nathan has to fight his way through the betrayals, secrets, and vendettas of the city where God was murdered, and darkness reigns… Welcome to Mordew – the first in a monumental new trilogy form the Wellcome Book Prize-shortlisted author Alex Pheby.

  • Publisher: Galley Beggar Press
  • ISBN: 9781913111120
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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Best dark fantasy I’ve ever read!
I’ve been hooked reading Nathan’s story. He has such an unusual power and the character design/world building is soo good. I can’t wait until the next book... READ MORE
Rin Butler
Modern day Dickens
Absolutely brilliant! I didn’t think I would enjoy Mordew, thought I’d give it a go and couldn’t put it down. The story sucks you in like the “living mud” ... READ MORE
Esta Siggs
I have seen negative reviews of this book on goodreads and I just don’t get it! It’s pure escapism with undercurrents of sociopolitical tones. Fantastic bo... READ MORE
Christopher Walker
Disliked intensely
Pheby deserves 9/10 for imagination and 1/10 for knowing what to do with it. The more I read the less I liked it. No character motivation, needless violen... READ MORE
Peter Toye
A Wonderful, Blended Epic Fantasy
Mordew is an epic fantasy novel that blends everything I love about fantasy. From living mud, to a distorted hero's journey, to indefinable magic this book... READ MORE
Oliver McFadden