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Under the Pendulum Sun

“An evocative, claustrophobic Gothic novel with strikingly creepy set-pieces, which repeatedly dislocates its reader’s and characters’ worldview in a forceful examination of faith and the power of stories.”
Aliette de Bodard, Nebula, Locus and BSFA Award-winning author of The House of Shattered Wings

Two Victorian missionaries head into darkest fairyland, to deliver their message to the godless magical beings who dwell there… at the risk of losing their own souls.

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Catherine Helstone’s brother, Laon, has disappeared in Arcadia, legendary land of the magical fae. Desperate for news of him, she makes the perilous journey, but once there, she finds herself alone and isolated in the sinister house of Gethsemane. At last there comes news: her beloved brother is riding to be reunited with her soon – but the Queen of the Fae and her insane court are hard on his heels.


Under the Pendulum Sun


Jeannette Ng

Publication date

03 Oct 2017


3rd October 2017 | 9780857667281 | Epub & Mobi | RRP £5.49 / US$6.99 / CAN $7.99

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3rd October 2017 | 9780857667274 | Trade Paperback | RRP US$9.99 CAN$12.50

UK Print

5th October 2017 | 9780857667267 | Paperback | RRP £8.99

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“An evocative, claustrophobic Gothic novel with strikingly creepy set-pieces, which repeatedly dislocates its reader’s and characters’ worldview in a forceful examination of faith and the power of stories.”
Aliette de Bodard, Nebula, Locus and BSFA Award-winning author of The House of Shattered Wings

Under the Pendulum Sun is a weird, ingenious, and ravishing story of the Fae and the outsiders driven to discover their secrets, told with a heady melange of disturbing beauty and enticing dangers.”
– Kate Elliott, author of Cold Magic, Black Wolves, and Court of Fives

“An enchanting literary debut – I couldn’t put it down!”
– Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award winning author of A Man Lies Dreaming and Central Station

“Hauntingly beautiful and masterfully told. This looks like the start of a brilliant career.”
Keith Yatsuhashi, author of Kokoro

“Jeanette Ng has no time for Victorian attempts to sanitise and prettify Faerie. A story as intriguing as it is eerily disturbing.”
– Juliet McKenna

“Jeannette Ng’s imagery is breathtaking, her setting dark and delightful, and her use of theology is pure genius. Like some sinister elf, Under the Pendulum Sun will steal your imagination and never give it back.”
– N S Dolkart, author of Among the Fallen

Under the Pendulum Sun does live up to its fabulous pitch. A richly woven fantasy from a brilliant imagination. Definitely one for readers interested in fairy lore and Gothic fantasy.”
Rod Duncan, author of The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter

“Imagine Northanger Abbey’s Catherine Morland confined to a particularly mysterious corner of Gormenghast with the Faeries of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell for company and you start to get an idea of how delightfully intricate and beautifully realised a novel Under the Pendulum Sun is. A remarkable debut.”
– Jonathan L Howard, author of Johannes Cabal the Necromancer series

Under the Pendulum Sun is a delicious fusion of repressed Victorian missionary values and the horror of the Fae. A sumptuous account of the journey into the land of the Fae, and into the darkest recesses of the human soul, this book delighted and shocked in all the best ways.”
– Emma Newman

“Extremely beautiful, entertaining, and emotionally compelling…read this excellent book.”
Grimdark magazine 

“Intriguing… fascinating.”
Publishers Weekly

“An opulently atmospheric piece of neo-Victorian fantasy set in a 19th century in which the British are sending missionaries to Fairyland. It’s a strange, brooding and occasionally perverse debut.”
The Guardian, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2017

“The world-building and atmosphere are just incredible. It’s especially gripping because the normal rules don’t apply, and nothing is as it seems.”
Syfy Wire, The 10 Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books of 2017

Under the Pendulum Sun is without a shadow of doubt one of the best fantasy stories I’ve read in 2017. I was engrossed in the mystery, delighted by the scope of the intertextuality, thrilled by the reversal of situations I hadn’t seen coming, and amazed by the world building. Under the Pendulum Sun not only has a fantastic cover, it also has a great story to tell that I would urge any fantasy reader, particularly if they are keen on gritty Victoriana, to try.”
Black Girl Nerds

“Jeannette Ng weaves an incredible tale in the vein of a creepy Victorian novel that blends elements of fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, and more into a dark and captivating tale.”
San Francisco Book Review

“A novel whose big heart enables it to engage with big ideas. Read it carefully, and be rewarded.”
Andrew Wallace, author of Sons of the Crystal Mind

“Jeannette Ng has written an utterly brilliant gothic novel, using all the tropes and cliches of the genre and rising above them in magnificent style. I highly recommend it.”
Intellectus Speculativus

“There is a wisdom, but also an exquisite beauty in her words that stun you… Under the Pendulum Sun is a gorgeous book.”
Utopia State of Mind

“An intricate distortion of myth and history.”
Victorian Soul Critiques

“A deep, rich and very definitely eerie gothic novel that asks some very hard, very interesting questions about god, faith, the nature of truth and what stories and storytelling have to do with all of it.”
Kam Reads and Recs

Under the Pendulum Sun is a dark, psychological fantasy in a gothic vein, paying considerable literary homage to authors such as the Brontës. Impressively, Jeannette Ng manages to keep her debut novel grounded in historical reality despite its taking place entirely in the faelands.”
The Fancy Hat Lady Reads

“Holy wah. Holy wah! Holy WAH! This book was an amazing read!”
Purple Owl Reviews

“Jeannette Ng’s Under the Pendulum Sun expertly weaves fantasy, the Gothic, academia, and religion in this compelling novel about missionaries to Arcadia, the land of the Fae.”
Fairy Book Mother

“The writing and the world building are an absolute treat and the story is very original.”
Helen’s Bookshelf

Under the Pendulum Sun is a towering work of imagination.”
Alan Brenik

“Jeannette Ng has subverted the Gothic novel and given it a fresh lease of life.”
Strange Alliances

“The writing is, in a word, beautiful.”
YA On My Mind

“A pre-Halloween puzzle box of a book.”
Victorian Soul Critique

“Beautifully crafted and structured, but containing a deeper, hidden heart that takes patience to reach. 5 Stars: Excellent.”
Occasionally Random Book Reviews

Under the Pendulum Sun is an amazing debut novel from an author to watch.”
The Illustrated Page

“A book that will pull you in about fourteen different directions and refresh your imagination.”
Chain Interaction

“Ng’s writing is first rate and this is an enjoyable, immersive book that is able both to take seriously the perspective of its Victorian characters and to show their worldview under assault from a cultural encounter for which they’re wholly unfitted. It’s a haunting, intricate book which is like nothing I’d read before. I’d strongly recommend it.”
Blue Book Balloon

“The author does an excellent job of building suspense and setting throughout, and gives us interesting characters.”
JD DeHart

“A stunningly different fantasy that mixes Crimson Peak with Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.”
Fine Print

Under the Pendulum Sun contains wonders and terrors, sweet love and brittle disgust. ”
Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

Under the Pendulum Sun is a debut novel from a writer who knows her prose craft.”

“Really interesting and refreshing.”
Bofinkins (vlog)

Under the Pendulum Sun is fantastic and I can’t wait to see what Jeannette Ng writes next.”
Pretty Terrible

“Ng’s writing is stunning. It’s rich and lush, full of description and atmosphere. You can practically feel things moving in the shadows as you’re reading. The language Ng has used fits perfectly with the story she’s writing — descriptions balancing on the edge of over-done, utilising old-fashioned styles of perhaps ‘telling’ more than is common now. It’s all beautifully done and Under the Pendulum Sun could easily sit next to any of the classic Gothic Romance novels.”
Foxes & Fairytales

“Utterly captivating and super weird. Loved it.”
Way Too Fantasy

Jeannette Ng is originally from Hong Kong but now lives in Durham, UK. Her MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies fed into an interest in medieval and missionary theology, which in turn spawned her love for writing gothic fantasy with a theological twist. She runs live roleplay games and is active within the costuming community, running a popular blog.

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