Spotlight on The Merchant Princes by Charles Stross—and a Giveaway!

The Bloodline FeudThe Bloodline Feud
The Merchant Princes Omnibus #1
Charles Stross
Tor, September 2014
ISBN 978-0-7653-7866-8
Trade Paperback

From the publisher—

The Bloodline Feud — an omnibus edition of the first two novels in Charles Stross’s The Merchant Princes series: The Family Trade and The Hidden Family

The six families of the Clan rule the kingdom of Gruinmarkt from behind the scenes. They are a mixture of nobility and criminal conspirators whose power to walk between their world and ours makes them rich in both.

Miriam, a hip tech journalist from Boston, discovers her alternate-world relatives with explosive results that shake three worlds. Now, as the prodigal Countess Helge Thorold-Hjorth, she finds herself ensnared in schemes and plots centuries in the making. She is surrounded by unlikely allies, lethal contraband, and―most dangerous of all―her family.

To avoid a slippery slope down to an unmarked grave, Miriam must build a power base of her own―with unexpected consequences for three different time lines, including the quasi-Victorian one exploited by the hidden family.

“A fantastically thrilling series.” ―Booklist on The Merchant Princes series

“Inventive, irreverent, and delightful…an alternate world where
business is simultaneously low and high tech, and where romance,
murder, marriage, and business are hopelessly intertwined–
and deadly.” ―L. E. Modesitt, Jr. on The Merchant Princes series


The Traders' WarThe Traders’ War
The Merchant Princes Omnibus #2
Charles Stross
Tor, November 2014
ISBN 978-0-7653-7867-5
Trade Paperback

From the publisher—

The Traders’ War — an omnibus edition of the third and fourth novels in Charles Stross’s Merchant Princes series: The Clan Corporate and The Merchants’ War

Miriam was an ambitious business journalist in Boston. Until she was fired―then discovered, to her shock, that her lost family comes from an alternate reality. And although some of them are trying to kill her, she won’t stop digging up secrets. Now that she knows she’s inherited the family ability to walk between worlds, there’s a new culture to explore.

Her alternate home seems located around the Middle Ages, making her world-hopping relatives top dogs when it comes to “importing” guns and other gadgets from modern-day America. Payment flows from their services to U.S. drug rings―after all, world-skipping drug runners make great traffickers. In a land where women are property, she struggles to remain independent. Yet her outsider ways won’t be tolerated, and a highly political arranged marriage is being brokered behind her back. If she can stay alive for long enough to protest.

“Stross brings to fantasy the same kind of sly humor and clear–eyed
extrapolation that he previously brough to space opera and
horror…presented with great wit and high suspense.”
San Francisco Chronicle on The Merchant Princes series

“Totally off the wall and delightful.”
Anne McCaffrey on The Merchant Princes series


The Revolution TradeThe Revolution Trade
The Merchant Princes Omnibus #3
Charles Stross
Tor, January 2015
ISBN 978-0-7653-7868-2
Trade Paperback

From the publisher—

The Revolution Trade — an omnibus edition of the fifth and sixth novels: The Revolution Business and Trade of Queens in Charles Stross’s Merchant Princes series.

Miriam Beckstein has said good-bye to her comfort zone. The transition from journalist to captive in an alternative timeline was challenging to say the least; she discovered that her long-lost family, the Clan, were world-skipping assassins. Now, while civil war rages in her adopted home, she’s pregnant with the heir to their throne and a splinter group want her on their side of a desperate power struggle. But as a leader or figurehead?

Meanwhile, unknown to the Clan, the US government is on to them and preparing to exploit this knowledge. But it hadn’t foreseen a dissident Clan faction carrying nuclear devices between worlds―with the US president in their sights. The War on Terror is about to go transdimensional. But Mike Fleming, CIA agent, knows the most terrifying secret of all: his government’s true intentions.

“A marvelous romp through this world and others, told
by a master of the imaginative thrill-ride.”
Karl Schroeder on The Merchant Princes series

Stross sure ends things with a bang … satisfying and chilling —


About the Author

Charles StrossCharles Stross is the author of the bestselling Merchant Princes series, the Laundry series, and several stand-alone novels including Glasshouse, Accelerando, and Saturn’s Children. Born in Leeds, England, in 1964, Stross studied in London and Bradford, earning degrees in pharmacy and computer science. Over the next decade and a half he worked as a pharmacist, a technical writer, a software engineer, and eventually as a prolific journalist covering the IT industry. His short fiction began attracting wide attention in the late 1990s; his first novel, Singularity Sky, appeared in 2003.  He has subsequently won the Hugo Award twice. He lives with his wife in Edinburgh, Scotland, in a flat that is slightly older than the state of Texas.


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books to one lucky winner, thanks to
the generosity of Tor. To enter, please
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is open to residents of the US and
the winning name will be drawn on
Thursday evening, March 17th.

A bold contemporary fantasy from a science fiction star,
Merchant Princes is a thrill-a-minute saga of multiple worlds.
Miriam, a hip tech journalist from Boston, discovers she has
alternate world relatives, and with them an elite identity she
never knew was hers. But her very well-connected family
is a little too much like the mafia for comfort.