The Gatekeeper

Publisher: Epigram Books

Winner of Singapore Book Awards 2018, Best Fiction Title & Best Book Cover Design
Shortlisted for Singapore Literature Prize 2018, Fiction
Winner of the Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2016

Young medusa Ria turns an entire village of innocents to stone with her gaze. She flees with her older sister for the underground city of Nelroote, where Manticura's quasi-fantastical sapient races — Scereans, Tuyuns, Feleenes, Cayanese — live on the margins. There she takes up her role as gatekeeper, protecting the city from threats, Human or otherwise.

Decades later, Manticura is now a modern urban city-state, and Eedric Shuen is bored with his privileged life. He stumbles upon the entrance to Nelroote and encounters Ria, who has spent nearly half a century in solitude. As their friendship blossoms, external whispers of the medusa sisters threaten to spark a chain of events that will throw Nelroote and its inhabitants into imminent danger.


Praise for The Gatekeeper

"The Gatekeeper is a marvellous blend of home comforts and pains, and the strange treasures of other realms. It's a skilled writer indeed who can make fantasy sing with so much real-world truth and delight." 

–Jen Crawford, Assistant Professor, University of Canberra

"I love how Nuraliah has created this imagined but totally plausible world which is both strange yet familiar. An impressive peice of writing —confident and effortless"

Haresh Sharma. Resident Playwright, The Necessary Stage

"A great Singaporean and politicised twist on an old myth with a moving — even romantic — storyline." 

Cyril Wong, author of Ten Things My Father Never Taught Me

ISBN: 9789811700903
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 312
Year Published: 2017
Language: English

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