Long ago Miren O’Malley’s family prospered due to a deal struck with the mer: safety for their ships in return for a child of each generation. But for many years the family have been unable to keep their side of the bargain and have fallen into decline. Miren’s grandmother is determined to restore their glory, even at the price of Miren’s freedom.
All The Murmuring Bones is set in the same world as Slatter's previous Tartarus Press books, The Bitterwood Bible, Sourdough and Other Stories and The Tallow Wife.
A spellbinding tale of dark family secrets, magic and witches, and creatures of myth and the sea; of strong women and the men who seek to control them.
'A rich and satisfying novel about a young woman, born to be the last hope of a once powerful family, who resists an arranged marriage and won’t stop at murder or magic to survive in a world of abusive men and dangerous, supernatural creatures. Shifting between scenes of wonder and horror, a complex plot is gradually revealed, as well paced and gripping as a thriller.' - The Guardian
'Stunning gothic adventure...Anyone who likes gutsy heroines, beautiful language, and well-wrought worlds won’t want to miss this.' Publishers Weekly Starred Review
'This is a magnificently written, smashingly good read...Slatter’s prose is as lustrous as jet beads against black silk. Readers will savor every word.' Locus Magazine
‘Gorgeous, atmospheric gothic fantasy’ - Buzzfeed
"By the time you get [All the Murmuring Bones], the awesome depth of Slatter’s talent will have prepared you for her first novel in the series. Miren is smart and unwilling to suffer fools. She’s a delight to experience on the page, and readers will be more than willing to follow her to hell and back; knowing, of course that’s exactly the sort of story that Slatter is inclined to tell." Rick Kleffel, Narrative Species
All the Murmuring Bones is a sewn hardback book of 391 pages with silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands, printed boards, and d/w.
First hardback edition, limited to 300 copies.