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Katya’s World

“It’s a highly effective, thought-provoking novel, and it left me looking forward to the next volume.”
– Philip Reeve, author of the Predator Cities series.

The future of Katya Kuriakova’s world hangs in the balance in this YA science fiction adventure.

The first book of The Russalka Chronicles

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The distant and unloved colony world of Russalka has no land, only the raging sea. No clear skies, only the endless storm clouds. Beneath the waves, the people live in pressurised environments and take what they need from the boundless ocean. It is a hard life, but it is theirs and they fought a war against Earth to protect it. But wars leave wounds that never quite heal, and secrets that never quite lie silent.

Katya Kuriakova doesn’t care much about ancient history like that, though. She is making her first submarine voyage as crew; the first nice, simple journey of what she expects to be a nice, simple career.

There is nothing nice and simple about the deep black waters of Russalka, however; soon she will encounter pirates and war criminals, see death and tragedy at first hand, and realise that her world’s future lies on the narrowest of knife edges. For in the crushing depths lies a sleeping monster, an abomination of unknown origin, and when it wakes, it will seek out and kill every single person on the planet.

Series Russalka Chronicles

Katya’s World


Jonathan L Howard

Publication date

30 Oct 2012

Cover Art Lee Gibbons

6th November 2012 | 9781908844149 | Epub & Mobi | RRP £5.49 / $6.99

US Print

6th November 2012 | 9781908844132 | Trade Paperback | RRP $9.99

UK Print

8th November 2012 | 9781908844125 | Paperback | RRP £7.99

Goodreads URL Discuss and Review Katya'

“It’s a highly effective, thought-provoking novel, and it left me looking forward to the next volume.”
– Philip Reeve, author of the Predator Cities series.

“A really well imagined world, detailed and utterly believable, great mix of technical detail and breathless action.”
– Charlie Higson, author of the Young Bond series and the Enemy series.

“Imagine The Hunt for Red October meets Retribution Falls. Rich in the character department and packed full of underwater wonders from prow to stern, Katya’s World is exactly as enjoyable as all that.”
– Niall Alexander, Tor.com

“A strong cast and a believable sense of danger drive Howards first book for teens SF fans looking to stretch their range will find much to love and will look forward to the planned second installment.”
Publishers Weekly

“4.5 out of 5 and I would recommend it to everyone! If you’re new to Si-Fi then this book would be an excellent introduction to the genre, whether you’re 15 or 50!”
– Kaylie Ashton for Waterstones Bluewater YA Book Club

“I enjoyed this book, as it had good character development and believable character actions I would definitely recommend this book to my friends and most likely re-read it.”
– Peterson, for Sacramento San Francisco Book Review

“Howard’s world is fantastically realised, with well rounded characters and a gripping storyline. This book will keep you entertained from start to finish”
– Matthew Johns for The British Fantasy Society

“Howard has crafted an engaging, entertaining and thought-provoking novel quality story focused on youthful characters in a fantastically plausible setting. Another winner for the imprint.”
– Rob H. Bedford, SFFWorld.com

“With an inventive setting featuring a strong female lead, Howard delivers an interesting SF story that is sure to draw in readers of all genders and ages.”
– Mieneke van der Salm, A Fantastical Librarian

Jonathan L Howard is a game designer and BAFTA nominated scriptwriter of some twenty years experience. He's been a novelist since 2009, débuting with the darkly humorous Johannes Cabal the Necromancer. Since then the sequels Johannes Cabal the Detective (2010), Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute (2011), and The Brothers Cabal (2014) have also seen print. The new Cabal novel The Fall of the House of Cabal is set for publication in late 2016. The first novel of his Russalka Chronicles trilogy, Katya's World, a YA science fiction story that takes place on the dangerous and unforgiving ocean-covered world of Russalka, was published in 2012, the first sequel, Katya's War, following in 2013. 2014 saw the beginning of the Goon Squad project, an ongoing story of mismatched superheroes, published in episodes. His new series of modern horror novels began with Carter & Lovecraft, published in 2015. The sequel is due out in 2017. Jonathan L Howard lives with his family in the English West Country.

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