ELKOST Intl. literary agency handles world translation rights in URSA MAJOR, A KEY MADE OF YELLOW ORE, NESTS OF CHIMERAS, MY RAGNARÖK, and other novels by Max Frei
Max Frei (a pen-name of Svetlana Martynchik, b. 1965) is a Russian fantasy writer. Sr. Max lived in Moscow since 1993, and resides since 2004 in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Max Frei is the author of the bestselling Labyrinths of Eho series and many other books. Frei's writings are characterized by imagination, fertile power of invention, and unflagging sense of humor and fun. Because his world is fun, only because it ignores and rejects anything that isn't fun. Frei's power of invention is fertile and robust, the mysteries that inhabit his narratives draw the reader along.
Max Frei’s publishers: USA - The Overlook Press, UK – Gollancz, Germany – Blanvalet/Bertelsmann, Italy – Mondadori, Spain – Minotaur/Planeta, Czech Republic – Triton, Bulgaria – Infordar, Russia – Amphora, Lithuania - Nieko rimto
What critics and readers say about Max Frei and his books
If Harry Potter smoked cigarettes and took a certain matter-of-fact pleasure in administering tough justice, he might like Max Frei… If the book is more talk than action, that talk is reliably entertaining, frequently double-edged and nicely idiosyncratic. Well-written, well-paced grown-up fantasy with a strong dose of reality. - Kirkus Reviews
Max Frei’s prose is a hugely enjoyable mix of madcap mirth and fantastical adventure. – California Literary Review
We are shown the subcreation of a new physical reality, a sudden touch of something numinous underlying a surface triviality. - William Mingin, strangehorizons.com
This isn’t just a book, it’s an event, an epic fantasy on a quirky philosophical level. But if those words bring Terry Pratchett to mind, just clear your head: Frei’s work is nothing like that. North American readers will find themselves slogging through at first: this is not your grandmother’s fantasy. But stick with it: all becomes clear after a while, as well as the density of wit we’re unused to reading English language authors. - Lincoln Cho, januarymagazine.com
The whole effect is like a collaboration between Raymond Chandler and Gilbert and Sullivan – cheerfully noirish and disturbingly satirical. – Library Journal
This is certainly the most enjoyable and unique fantasy I have read for quite some time. – Simon Appleby, bookgeeks.co.uk
I can’t wait to read more of Max’s adventures! I strongly urge anyone who is a fan of imaginative fiction to give Max Frei a try… – Robert Thompson, fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com
The spiky, smart prose and the often exceedingly cool surrealism that shoot through this book will certainly satisfy those looking for something rather different. – Rick Kleffel, bookotron.com