Mary Ellen, Craterean – the new novel from Chaz Brenchley

The third book in Chaz Brenchley’s Crater School series is now available, and I highly recommend it.

For those so far unaware, Chaz has combined Old Mars of classic SF with the traditional British school story to create an entirely original and fascinating scenario. One where the underpinning assumptions of both those literary traditions are politely and ruthlessly questioned.

In this book we see both Old Mars and the Crater School itself through an intriguingly different lens, as Mary Ellen, scholarship girl, finds herself in this alien environment. Thus Brenchley deftly offers fans of the series a fresh perspective while new readers share her discoveries and will surely be drawn into this fascinating world.

Mary Ellen comes from a farming family in the remote and rural hinterlands. She doesn’t only have to find her way through the unfamiliar social hazards and arcane customs which her classmates from the colony planet’s privileged classes have grown up with. A chance discovery demands that she choose between keeping quiet and self-preservation on the one hand, and speaking up and facing the shocking consequences on the other. What’s a nervous girl far from home and feeling friendless to do?

Interested? Take a look at my thoughts on Three Twins at the Crater School and Dust-Up at the Crater School

Full purchase details at the Wizard’s Tower Press website

Cover art by Ben Baldwin

Author: Juliet

Juliet E McKenna is a British fantasy author living in the Cotswolds, UK. Loving history, myth and other worlds since she first learned to read, she has written fifteen epic fantasy novels so far. Her debut, The Thief’s Gamble, began The Tales of Einarinn in 1999, followed by The Aldabreshin Compass sequence, The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution, and The Hadrumal Crisis trilogy. The Green Man’s Heir was her first modern fantasy inspired by British folklore in 2018, and The Green Man’s Quarry in 2023 is the sixth title in this ongoing series. Her 2023 novel The Cleaving is a female-centred retelling of the story of King Arthur, while her shorter stories include forays into dark fantasy, steampunk and science fiction. She promotes SF&Fantasy by reviewing, by blogging on book trade issues, attending conventions and teaching creative writing. She has served as a judge for major genre awards. As J M Alvey, she has written historical murder mysteries set in ancient Greece.

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