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William Morrow & Company
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5.28 X 7.95 X 1.18 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author
Natalie Zina Walschots is a writer and game designer whose work includes LARP scripts, heavy metal music journalism, video game lore, weirder things classified as "interactive experiences," and, unfortunately, experimental poetry. Her first novel, Hench, was a finalist on the 2021 season of Canada Reads and nominated for a Locus Award for Best First Novel. She plays a lot of RPGs, participates in a lot of Nordic LARPs, watches a lot of horror movies, and reads a lot of speculative fiction. She lives in Nova Scotia with her partner and two cats.

"Witty and inventive . . . the pleasure of the novel is the slow rollout of the rules. Creating a universe involves inventing lots of little problems, and the solutions here don't disappoint." -- New York Times

"Hench is an engrossing take on the superheroic. It's smart and imaginative; an exemplary rise-of-darkness story, one I won't soon forget...I honestly can't wait to see what Natalie Zina Walschots does next with the genre." -- NPR Books

"Walschots playfully pokes at both office politics and comic book absurdity while offering gripping action and gut-wrenching body horror. The inventive premise, accessible heroine, and biting wit will have readers eager for more from this talented author." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A fiendishly clever novel that fizzes with moxie and malice." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Walschots delivers a book that's dark and honest, sharp and raw, full of visceral tenderness and breathtaking insight. Hench belongs in a lineage of superhero prose fiction that includes Robert Mayer's Superfolks (which it surpasses) and Samit Basu's Turbulence (which it equals), and is one of the best books I read in 2020. I rarely hope for sequels to books that function beautifully as standalones, but am actively longing for one here."

-- Amal El-Mohtar, Hugo Award-winning writer and coauthor of This Is How You Lose the Time War

"This book is fast, furious, compelling, and angry as hell. It's a beautiful deconstruction of the superhero genre, and I'm only a little annoyed that I didn't think of it first." -- Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author

"Get ready to root for the bad guys." -- Jennifer Estep, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Crown of Shards series

"This Anti(super)hero tale is jam-packed with action and fueled by Anna's breathless, dizzying, exhilarating rage. Anna faces off with the supernatural, but she feels so very real as she rockets along on her furious and furiously-paced trajectory. Hench is a ride--I loved it." -- Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Never Have I Ever

"Sharp, unexpected, and hilarious--HENCH takes the classic superhero story and cleverly turns it on its head. Get ready for a delightfully twisted adventure that will make you want to root for the bad guys." -- Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M

"Smart, witty, and at times bloody, this book will please comic book fans who wish to take a jab at the superhero tropes, as well as readers who enjoy dark humor with a bit of satire tossed into the mix." -- Library Journal (starred review)

" In this refreshing, subversive, and darkly humorous debut novel, poet and journalist Walscholts slowly reveals the nuances of her superpower-filled world, keeping readers guessing. Hench reads like a comic without the illustrations and is packed with subplots and rapid-fire wit. With a diverse and inclusive cast of characters, Walschots' original tale performs a brilliant and exciting variation on the superhero trope and is not to be missed." -- Booklist (starred review)

"A clever, witty, vigorous, and well-crafted adventure [...] by turns hilarious and tragic, alternately rudely juvenile or sophisticated." -- Locus Magazine

"Witty and wry, the scenes flash by, evocative of comic books, with tight prose and punchy dialogue, moving the plot toward the inevitable battle between good and evil. But in Hench, which side to root for is decidedly complicated." -- Shelf Awareness (starred review)

"An outstanding, original story, and a must read for all fans of super hero stories." -- Michael Mammay, author of the Planetside series