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The Beatriceid by Kate Elliott (& Giveaway)

In which we celebrate the publication date of The Beatriceid by Kate Elliott!

The Beatriceid

The Beatriceid

Published 12/22/2015

A stunning new short story, written in verse, set in Kate Elliott’s Spiritwalker Universe

Before Andevai, the waking of dreaming dragons, the war for Europa, and the cruel treachery of the Wild Hunt, cousins Catherine and Beatrice Hassi Barahal were novice students at the Academy. Here, Cat and Bee learned of mathematics and politics, history and storytelling. But not all stories are told or remembered in the same way–particularly where the tale of Dido and Aeneas, and the fate of Carthage and Rome are concerned.

To the victors go the spoils–only this time, it is the gilded-tongued Bee and the quick-footed Cat who will collect the winnings.

Set before the start of Cold Magic, The Beatriceid is a brand new, standalone short story written in Iambic Pentameter that reimagines The Aeneid in a feminist, Phonecian light.

How to Get the Story

The Beatriceid celebrates its publication date today, December 22, 2015. We are officially sold out of our first limited edition print run, but you can always nab a copy of the DRM-free ebook! The ebook edition (EPUB & MOBI) contains the story, a Q&A and two essays from the author, available directly from us, and for purchase on all major ebook retail sites.

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The Giveaway

Didn’t get a chance to buy a copy of The Beatriceid in print before it sold out? NOT TO FEAR. To celebrate the release of The Beatriceid, we are giving away a print copy of our limited edition booklet! This is open internationally, and will run until 1/3/2016! To enter, use the form below–and good luck!

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  • Keith
    December 22, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Excellent! I so look forward to reading this one. 🙂

  • Keith
    December 22, 2015 at 1:14 am

    In verse, it has to be Beowulf. I’d like to see a feminist retelling of that story. Though it might be a tricky thing to do.

  • melissa
    December 22, 2015 at 1:35 am

    i would love to get my hands on this!

  • melissa
    December 22, 2015 at 1:38 am

    my favorite story in verse is probably… the illiad. mostly for the parts about the gods in all the capriciousness, because the humans in that story are pretty awful

  • Melissa Logan
    December 22, 2015 at 1:51 am

    The Aeneid was always my favorite. I took Latin as my only language and spent my last two years in high school translating the Aeneid. I always related to Dido as a tragic figure and I enjoyed being able to read and translate on my own. I preferred the story to the Odyssey.

  • Pilar
    December 22, 2015 at 2:31 am

    The Cremation of Sam Magee by Robert Service. Funny and macabre!

  • Anne MacEneaney
    December 22, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Kellie
    December 22, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Hmmm, not sure, really! Go with Tam O’ Shanter, cuz why not?

  • Pam Blome
    December 22, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Stories, love stories!! Thanks!

  • Anita Yancey
    December 22, 2015 at 10:06 am

    I don’t really have a favorite, at least not yet. But this book sounds like a good one.

  • Francene
    December 22, 2015 at 10:17 am

    That is not a format I’ve read a lot in. I hear Brown girl dreaming by J. Woodson is excellent. It’s been on my TBR list for a few months.

  • Lauren
    December 22, 2015 at 10:49 am

    It’s a toss up between Sold, by Patricia McCormick, and Brown Girl, Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. Both beautiful, and heart-wrenching in their own way.

  • Michelle C.
    December 22, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    This looks good, and the cover is beautiful.

  • Amanda Holling
    December 22, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    The link to Barnes & Noble goes to a “your search has zero results” page. Searching by author doesn’t work either. Help! I’m dying to get my hands on this book for my Nook. 🙂

  • Sam Taylor
    December 22, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    My favorite story-in-verse is probably A TIME TO DANCE by Padma Venkataraman. Absolutely gorgeous novel, and diverse, too. I appreciated learning more about the Hindu culture and religion.

  • Charles Payseur
    December 22, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    This looks quite cool! Off to read it…

  • Carolee
    December 22, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    There’s never enough Beatrice and Cat! Love this!

  • Carolee
    December 22, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    I loved Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover.

  • lisalc
    December 22, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    I am hoping this one will be it! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Mary Preston
    December 22, 2015 at 8:05 pm


  • Bogi Takács (@bogiperson, prezzey)
    December 22, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    In SFF, I really like Rose Lemberg’s Long Shadow and also Lisa M. Bradley’s epic poetry (too many to list!). In non-speculative work, I enjoyed Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson recently, and The Crossover by Kwame Alexander brought me to tears – both African American YA/MG novels in verse.

  • Margo
    December 22, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    I like @Bogiperson’s poetry, because so innovative. I also like Mia Serrano’s & Shveta Thakar’s word-images. I’ve not read Kate Elliott’s poetry yet, except when it’s part of a novel. I’m looking forward to this, as an e-book, probably ?

  • Jennifer
    December 22, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    I don’t remember reading stories in verse except poems, so I don’t have any favorite. But I will check some of the comments here. I am already interested by A Time to Dance.

  • Dovile
    December 23, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Mine is Homer’s Odyssey.

  • Sharry
    December 23, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    I already bought an e-verson of this one but I would certainly love to get a hold of a limited edition copy XD

  • Sharry
    December 23, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    In terms of favs written in verse…can’t say I’ve read all that many except for the classics. The Odyssey wasn’t too shabby 🙂

  • Alexandra the Great
    December 24, 2015 at 11:47 am

    My favourite book in verse would have to be Book IV of Virgil’s Aeneid. Problematic storyline aside (srsly why does Dido have to die?), Virgil sure knew how to write.

  • Vanessa
    December 25, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    I haven’t read very many books in verse but I love Kate Elliot.

  • Lexi
    December 26, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    I loved the Iliad but haven’t read any modern stories in verse.

  • Mia
    December 28, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Honestly, I don’t think I’ve read much in verse. It’s something I’d like to read more of.

  • Michael Carter
    December 28, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Yes, it has to be Homer’s Odyssey.

  • Courtney
    December 28, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I don’t read a lot of stories in verse, but I do remember reading one a few years ago about the Titanic. It was called The Watch That Ends the Night and I really liked it. I’m looking forward to reading this one as well!

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    January 4, 2016 at 2:32 am

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