The City - mankind's last refuge in a drowned world, where Whale Lords reign and the Inquisition keeps the peace.
The Enemy - a dark power, ever seeking to take possession of a human body and cause untold chaos.
The Inventor - a girl living in the heart of the City in a ramshackle workshop overflowing with curiosities.
When a whale washes up on the City roofs and a mysterious boy emerges from its belly, the superstitious citizens assume the Enemy has come again. Only Ellie - a fearless inventor striving to live up to her mother's legacy - believes the boy is innocent. Thrown together with the young fugitive, now on the run from the ruthless Inquisition, Ellie must discover who this boy really is - and what that means for her own terrible secret . . .
Struan Murray is Scottish and grew up in Edinburgh, the youngest of a large, rowdy family of redheads. He has a PhD in genetics and is now a lecturer in biochemistry at the University of Oxford. He won the 2018 Bath Children's Novel Award with this novel.
Outstanding and immersive . . . I devoured this in one go book blogger Lily SugarPlum Faery Absolutely cracking! Great characters, with quite the nastiest villain I've met in a long while. Fleur Hitchcock, author of The Boy Who Flew This is a terrific debut of strange myths and dark secrets, fierce loyalties and ruthless villains, told against the thrilling backdrop of a half submerged city. The Bookseller - Editor's Choice Orphans of the Tide is singularly brilliant. So inventive, and weird, and beautiful, with just the right amount of bite and darkness. I predict big things! Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars and The Mercies