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The Garden of Delights

Published by Flame Tree Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

"Lyrical, philosophical, empathetic... perfect for fans of Usman Malik and Gautam Bhatia."

In the city of Sirvassa, where petals are currency and flowers are magic, the Caretaker tends to the Garden of Delights. He imparts temporary magical abilities to the citizens of Sirvassa, while battling a curse of eternal old age. No Delight could uplift his curse, and so he must seek out a mythical figure. A god.

When a Delight allows a young girl an ability to change reality, the Caretaker believes he’s at the end of his search. But soon a magical rot takes root in his Garden, and the Caretaker must join forces with the girl and stop it from spreading.

Even as he battles a different rot that plagues Sirvassa, he learns that Delights are always a precursor to Sorrows.

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About The Author

Amal Singh is a writer from Mumbai, India. His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, and F&SF, among others. He is the author of 'The Garden of Delights' and was longlisted for the BSFA Award in 2021. His epic fantasy audio-drama is currently streaming on Audible.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Flame Tree Press (May 14, 2024)
  • Length: 384 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781787589100

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Raves and Reviews

"From its opening words, THE GARDEN OF DELIGHTS weaves a spell with its exquisite prose and intricate world building. Amal Singh has created a lush new society featuring characters both human and godlike, who leap off the page and into your heart. With themes of anti-colonization, betrayal, and forgiveness, this captivating debut should cement Singh as a bold new voice in fantasy."

– S.B. Divya, Hugo and Nebula nominated author of MERU

"The Garden of Delights is a sensory masterpiece. It is written with both verve and tenderness, its characters and the eponymous garden leaping off the pages to bewitch your mind. It is thrilling, imaginative and spellbinding. Amal, who has written some masterful short stories, proves he's equally adept with the novel form too."

– Prashanth Srivatsa

"In the tradition of the stories of Sofia Samatar, Amal Singh's The Garden of Delights knits history, politics, myth, and magic into a mosaic of fantasy that will linger with the reader long after they have put this novel down."

– Gautam Bhatia

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