Ten Low

Cover for Ten Low by Stark Holborn

PUBLISHER: Titan Books
PUBLISHED: June 2021

“The future of space westerns, TEN LOW showed me the most vibrant desert world since DUNE. A stunning blend of pulp and literary exploration leaves the old guard masters in the dust.” – Alex White, author of Alien: Into Charybdis and The Salvagers Trilogy

Ten Low (her name is her sentence) is an ex-army medic, one of many convicts eking out a living at the universe’s edge. She’s desperate to escape her memories of the interstellar war, and the crimes she committed.

Trouble, however, seems to follow wherever she goes. One night, attempting to atone for her sins, she pulls a teenage girl – the sole survivor – from the wreck of a spaceship. But Gabriella Ortiz is no ordinary girl. The result of a military genetics programme, she is a decorated Army General from the opposing side of the war to Ten. Worse, Ten realises the crash was an assassination attempt, and that someone wants Ortiz dead… 

Although at odds in every way, the pair strike an uneasy deal to smuggle the General offworld. Their road won’t be easy: they must cross the moon’s lawless wastes, facing military hit squads, bandits and the one-eyed leader of an all-female road gang, in a frantic race to get the General to safety. But something else waits in the darkness at the universe’s edge. Something that threatens to reveal Ten’s worst nightmare: the truth of who she really is and what she is running from.

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“A fantastic, punchy SF action story, full of blood and grit and bitter pasts” – Adrian Tchaikovsky, award-winning author of Children of Time, Dogs of War and many more.

“I loved this from beginning to end. There are furious fight-scenes, down-and-dirty characters and incredible world-building. Stark Holborn grabs you by the throat on page one and never lets you go!” – Cavan Scott, bestselling and award-winning author

“Combining the taut characterisation and clever wit of Stark Holborn’s spectacular Westerns with some splendidly inclusive and innovative sci-fi, this is a wonderful fusion of Firefly and Joanna Russ, with a Ennio Morricone soundtrack”. – Joanne Harris, best-selling author of Chocolat, The Gospel of Loki and many more

“With plenty of action and vivid worldbuilding, this tense adventure will have readers hooked.” Publisher’s Weekly

“Packed with wildly memorable female characters, the
pacey prose keeps things whip-cracking along.”

“Holborn shows what a rich imagination she has.”The Times

An action-packed SF adventure with an intriguing majority female cast? OH, HELL YES!” – Stina Leicht, author of Persephone Station

A gritty space western that fans of The Mandalorian should lap up. As always, Stark Holborn makes us feel immediately for the characters to the point where we’ll follow them through hell. And we do” – Paul Cornell, author of The Shadow Police and Witches of Lychford series

Publisher: Titan Books

Rights Enquiries: Meg Davis at Ki Agency

Ten Low is published in France as La Porteuse de Mort by Albin Michel (translated by Laurent Philibert-Caillat with art by Manchu) and as Deu Ras in Catalan by Editorial Chronos (translated by Anna Llisterri Boix with art by Cristian Eres).