Wastelanders: Star-Lord

A Marvel Wastelanders Novel

Wastelanders: Star-Lord

A Marvel Wastelanders Novel

By Sarah Cawkwell

The Guardians of the Galaxy return to Earth to save the world from Doctor Doom in this exhilarating novelization of the acclaimed Marvel audio drama

Star-Lord and Rocket are little older, a little slower, and a lot saltier than they were during their glory days. When they crash land in the desolate Midwest, they soon discover that Earth isn’t what it used to be either, thirty years after Doctor Doom seized control and created his new domain: the Wastelands.

They aren’t there by choice: the former Guardians are working for The Collector, who’s sent them to find the Black Vortex – an ancient relic reported to yield cosmic powers – before the guillotine collars of their employer snap their necks. In the Wastelands, they encounter the ageless telepath Emma Frost, outlaw Ghost Riders, and the bloodthirsty Kraven the Hunter. Who will find the Black Vortex first and what will be the price of its power?

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It isn’t easy being extraordinary. Superhuman powers can be both a gift and a curse in a world where those talents can be used for good or evil. A lucky few are taught how to control their abilities at the Charles Xavier Institute, while others must master their uniquely dangerous powers alone. Will they become true heroes and heroines when called upon to defend the world, or turn their fearsome abilities to conquering the world? Meanwhile, in a realm beyond Earth, mighty heroes do battle with monsters of myth and undertake quests to restore peace and honor to the legendary halls of Asgard and the Ten Realms.

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Publication Details

Page Count: 352pp
Cover Art: Steven McNiven
Genre: Science Fiction

Paperback edition

US On Sale Date: July 4, 2023
UK On Sale Date: September 28, 2023
Paperback ISBN: 9781839082276
Paperback Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm

Ebook edition

Global Ebook On Sale Date: July 4, 2023
ebook ISBN: 9781839082283

About the Author

SARAH CAWKWELL is a sci-fi and fantasy writer based in the North East of England. Old enough to know better, she’s still very much young enough not to care. She’s been a writer for many years, and her published works include several novels and short stories within the Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 universes and an original alternate-history fantasy novel. When not slaving away over a hot keyboard, Sarah’s hobbies include reading everything and anything she can get her hands on, gaming and other assorted geekery.

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Interviews and Articles

“This fast-paced first instalment in the Wastelanders series is dark, engaging, and thrilling.”
Sci-Fi Chick

“nails the blend of comedy and emotion that works so well for Marvel”
Cosmic Circus

“Cawkwell is brilliant at capturing the characters and bringing them to life.”
What You Tolkien About

“Aside from this thrilling narrative, the story introduces a mix of familiar and new characters. However, to discover the fate of Star-Lord, Rocket, and the ultimate outcome of their mission to save the world, readers must stay tuned.”
Strangely Awesome Games

“I can not recommend this story enough. The novel is a lot of fun that put a smile on my face the whole time.”
Reading with my Eyes

Praise for Aconyte Books’ Marvel Series

“I had so much fun with this book, and it really ticked all the boxes for me – action and emotion, fast-paced and gripping, but still taking those essential moments just for the characters.”

– Beneath a Thousand Skies, on The Serpent and the Dead


“This is absolutely one of the greatest uses of a license ever. This book reads like what all tie-ins should: a lost arc… This is in every word a Dark Avengers story. This is the absolute dream this column exists for. That it’s fleshing out a series I thought needed more is the best part.”

– The Omniplex, on Dark Avengers: Patriot List

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Global Ebook On Sale: July 4, 2023
US Paperback On Sale: July 4, 2023
UK Paperback On Sale: September 28, 2023

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