StoryGraph Saturday: Elder Race

StoryGraph Saturday is a weekly thing where I randomly choose a book from my To Read pile on StoryGraph and show it off to remind me that it’s there and to show it to you in case you find it interesting, too.


Elder Race
by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Science Fiction/Fantasy
208 pages
Published November 2021

From The StoryGraph:

Elder Race tells the story of Lynesse, the (low-ranking) Fourth Daughter of the queen.

Although no one else appears to agree, she believes that the only way to rid her land of the demon that terrorizes it is to invoke the pact between her family and the Elder sorcerer who has inhabited the tower for as long as her people have lived here. Hundreds of years, at least. Maybe more.

She’s told she mustn’t. She does so, anyway.

But Elder Nyr isn’t a sorcerer. He has power, to be sure, but he shouldn’t even be speaking with these people, for fear of breaching an ancient directive. Nevertheless, he decides to accompany Lynesse on her quest for what his knowledge of science tells him cannot possibly be a demon.


I’ve heard nothing but good things about this little book, and from disparate reviewers who disagree on many books, so that they’re all raving about Elder Race says a lot. My library has a few copies, so it will be easy to get a copy, and I may do just that in November, as I’ve been thinking of reading a bunch of the shorter books on my TBR. Novella November. Is that a thing? It could be.

12 thoughts on “StoryGraph Saturday: Elder Race

  1. Novella November! I love that. And I loved this story. I’ve still only read novellas from Tchaikovsky but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each one so far. I hope you enjoy it.

  2. Another opinion in favor of Elder Race! Huzzah! I’ll definitely have to pick it up soon. I have several short novels on my TBR, and it just seems logical to read them in November for some reason. I’ll be making a big run to the library in a few weeks, I think.

  3. Another novella of his I absolutely loved was Made Things. Both are very different stories but I found myself really getting into the characters and world of each.

  4. I’m not surprised that Novella November is a thing. It’s the lesser-known cousin of Nonfiction November, I guess. And because ALL the responses I’ve seen to Elder Race have been positive, I will definitely be checking it out soon!

  5. Yet another vote in favor of Elder race! I don’t think I’ve heard a negative thing about Tchaikovsky’s works. I really need to get to Children of Time, as I got it for Christmas last year, and haven’t cracked it open yet. Elder Race is definitely on tap for November, though.

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