The Prey of Gods

The Prey of Gods is getting all kinds of love! It’s been a wild ride so far, and if you want to jump on this roller-coaster of weird, I’ve got a place for you right up front. It’s Won the RT Reviewers Choice Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy and the Compton Crook Award!

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cover_prey_of_godsArtwork by Brenoch Adams, cover design by Owen Corrigan.


THE PREY OF GODS is a near future thriller set in South Africa in which a diverse set of characters imbued with supernatural abilities by a street drug called Godsend must band together against a disenfranchised goddess who intends to remake their world and change the fate of humanity forever.

Praise for the book:

“Drayden’s first novel is set in a near future with personal robots, making the magical elements unusual yet effective. VERDICT Fans of Lauren Beukes and N.K. Jemisin will want to check out this winning mashup that mixes genres and moods with gleeful abandon, heralding a fresh new talent.”

-Library Journal (Starred Review!)

“Nicky Drayden’s debut novel The Prey of Gods(Harper Voyager) is delightfully unlike most science fiction out there. Drayden mixes folklore, urban fantasy and science fiction in her futuristic South Africa to dazzling effect.”

-Washington Post, Best science fiction and fantasy books to read this month

“You’ll need to clear your schedule as soon as you get your hands on a copy of Drayden’s debut novel!…Drayden has certainly made herself an author to watch out for.”

-Romantic Times, 4 1/2 stars (Top Pick!)


The Prey of Gods is original, exciting, a fast-paced story with an emotional depth that connects you to the rich cast of characters.  It’s a fabulous debut from an author I hope to see much, much more from.”

-Martha Wells, author of The Books of the Raksura and The Murderbot Diaries


Prey of Gods delivers on every promise in beautifully unexpected ways that leave you breathless, a little dizzy, and wanting more…Exquisite, fast-paced, and excellent fun.”

-Fran Wilde, award-winning author of Updraft, Cloudbound, and Horizon


“Ancient gods, gene-tech, and gripping action – I love so much about this book.”

-Cat Rambo, author of Beasts of Tabat and Neither Here Nor There


The Prey of Gods is an ambitious blend of folklore, bioengineering, and science fiction… With luck, readers will remember Drayden’s novel when nomination season rolls around.”

-Steven Silver — SFSite


The Prey of Gods is available now!


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