Butchered God Book 01: Our Lady of the Islands

Sian Katte is a successful middle-aged businesswoman in the tropical island nation of Alizar. Her life seems comfortable and well-arranged...until a violent encounter one evening leaves her with an unwanted magical power.


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Creator: Shannon Page, Jay Lake
Category: Novel
Age Range: Adult
Vibes: Fantasy

In Short: As a dead god stirs, two women with vastly different lives find common cause in an intricate world of magic, mystery, and political intrigue.

What's It About: Set in Jay Lake’s Green universe, this moving fantasy epic is a celebration of female friendship in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Sian is a merchant who gains the power to heal by touch after being attacked by a rogue priest. Arian is the wife of a wealthy, influential noble tortured by the fading health of her beloved son. Together, they forge new paths for themselves as they work toward completing Sian’s divine mission.


"... a celebration of female friendship and cooperation. Page has done a phenomenal job of completing Lake's work after his death, honoring his contributions and vision while giving the novel an emotionally authentic, coherent voice."

- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A powerful, thoughtful tale that stays with you long after you turn the final page."

- Jim C. Hines, Hugo-winning author of Libriomancer

"Page and Lake's voices blend perfectly, with her eye for character and his eye for setting."

- Ken Scholes, author of the Psalms of Isaak saga

"A gorgeous tale of courage and friendship, with appealing characters and an epic sweep."

- Tina Connolly, author of Ironskin


Shannon Page - Author
Shannon Page was born on Halloween night and spent her early years on a back-to-the-land commune in northern California. A childhood without television gave her a great love of the written word. At seven, she wrote her first book, an illustrated adventure starring her cat Cleo. Sadly, that story is out of print, but her work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Interzone, Fantasy, Black Static, Tor.com, the Proceedings of the 2002 International Oral History Association Congress, and many anthologies, including the Australian Shadows Award-winning Grants Pass, and The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk. She also regularly publishes articles and personal essays on Medium.com.

Books include The Queen and The Tower and A Sword in The Sun, the first two books in The Nightcraft Quartet; novel Eel River; story collection Eastlick and Other Stories; personal essay collection I Was a Trophy Wife; Orcas Intrigue, Orcas Intruder, and Orcas Investigation, the first three books in the cozy mystery series The Chameleon Chronicles, in collaboration with Karen G. Berry under the pen name Laura Gayle; and Our Lady of the Islands, co-written with the late Jay Lake. Our Lady received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2014, and was a finalist for the Endeavour Award. Forthcoming books include Nightcraft books three and four; a sequel to Our Lady; and more Orcas mysteries. Edited books include the anthology Witches, Stitches & Bitches and the essay collection The Usual Path to Publication.

Shannon is a longtime yoga practitioner, has no tattoos (but she did recently get a television), and lives on lovely, remote Orcas Island, Washington, with her husband, author and illustrator Mark Ferrari. Visit her at www.shannonpage.net.

Jay Lake - Author
Joseph Edward "Jay" Lake, Jr. was an American science fiction and fantasy writer. In 2003 he was a quarterly first-place winner in the Writers of the Future contest. In 2004 he won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction.