“Wenstrom’s debut is the catalyst for a planned series of fantasy war tales, kicked off with this thoroughly expanded retelling of the Orpheus myth.” —Publishers Weekly
Winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award for Book of the Year and First Place for Fantasy
Torn apart by war and abandoned by the gods, only one hope remains to save humanity. But the savior isn’t human at all.
Trapped by his maker’s dark command to protect a mysterious box, Adem—an unlikely hero—is forced to kill anyone who tries to steal it.
When a young boy chances upon Adem’s temple, he resists the lure of curiosity and temptation, intriguing the golem.
The boy and his sister convince Adem to go against his maker’s edict, leaving the refuge of the temple. But their adventure soon lands them in a web of trouble.
Now Adem will do whatever is necessary to keep his new young charges safe, even if it means giving up the only thing he’s ever truly wanted . . . a chance at a soul of his own.
“There’s something primal in Mud. It’s a reverent, mythical story of supernatural beings who justify desperate measures in their quest to feel complete. They struggle with emotions we all understand, even as they challenge the very rules that govern all of creation.” —Robert Wiesehan, author of Aurora Knights: Loyalties
“I really like books about uncommon supernatural creatures, so, when I saw Mud had a golem as the protagonist, I jumped at the chance to read it. A well-written and enjoyable read.” —Metaphors and Moonlight