BOOK LAUNCH: Josiah Bancroft's THE HOD KING (The Books of Babel #3)


We are extremely proud to be hosting the BOOK LAUNCH event for THE HOD KING,
the third novel in Josiah Bancroft's spellbinding series, THE BOOKS OF BABEL!
Josiah will be in the store and in conversation with Miriam Seidel!

The adventure begins in SENLIN ASCENDS...

The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel of the Silk Age. Immense as a mountain, the ancient Tower holds unnumbered ringdoms, warring and peaceful, stacked one on the other like the layers of a cake. It is a world of geniuses and tyrants, of airships and steam engines, of unusual animals and mysterious machines.

Thomas Senlin, the mild-mannered headmaster of a small village school, is drawn to the Tower by scientific curiosity and the grandiose promises of a guidebook. The luxurious Baths of the Tower seem an ideal destination for a honeymoon, but soon after arriving, Senlin loses Marya in the crowd. Senlin’s search for Marya carries him through madhouses, ballrooms, and burlesque theaters. He must survive betrayal, assassination, and the long guns of a flying fortress. 

But if he hopes to ever find his wife, Thomas Senlin must do more than survive. This quiet man of letters must become a man of action.

and the plot thickens in ARM OF THE SPHINX...

Forced by necessity into a life of piracy, Senlin and his crew struggle to survive aboard their stolen airship. Senlin’s search for his lost wife continues, even as her ghost hounds his every step. But the Tower of Babel proves to be as difficult to reenter as it was to escape.

While searching for an unguarded port, Senlin encounters the camp of Luc Marat, who seems equal parts bandit and humanitarian. One thing is for certain: his asylum for the downtrodden hods is not as peaceful as it appears.

In desperation, Senlin turns to the mysterious and dangerous Sphinx, with whom Edith shares a terrible bond. They discover the Sphinx’s help does not come cheaply. 

Senlin is soon faced with an impossible choice between his friends, his freedom, and his wife.

The story continues on January 22, 2019 with the release of THE HOD KING! Come pick up SENLIN ASCENDS and ARM OF THE SPHINX at Penn Book Center now and be ready for this exciting book launch event!

JOSIAH BANCROFT started writing novels when he was twelve, and by the time he finished his first, he was an addict. Eventually, the writing of Senlin Ascends began, a fantasy adventure, not so unlike the stories that got him addicted to words in the first place. He wanted to do for others what his favorite writers had done for him: namely, to pick them up and to carry them to a wonderful and perilous world that is spinning very fast. If he's done that with this book, then he's happy. Josiah lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Sharon, their daughter Maddie, and their two rabbits, Mabel and Chaplin. More at:

MIRIAM SEIDEL’s debut novel, The Speed of Clouds (New Door Books, 2018), is a deep dive into sci-fi fandom. She wrote the libretto for an opera about the visionary inventor Nikola Tesla, performed in Belgrade, New York, and Philadelphia, and a sci-fi radio play for New American Radio. A longtime SFF fan, she was featured on programs at this year’s Philcon and World Fantasy Convention. She’s also written about visual arts and performance for Art in America, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and other publications. More at

Event date: 
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
The Hod King (The Books of Babel #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316517980
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orbit - January 22nd, 2019

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316517911
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Orbit - January 16th, 2018

Arm of the Sphinx (The Books of Babel #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316517959
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Published: Orbit - March 13th, 2018