Happy publication day everyone! We have a trio of treats for you to sink your teeth into, so read on below to discover the gems which are publishing today.
The Relic Guild Trilogy – Edward Cox
The complete trilogy collected together for the first time! Journey into the Labyrinth . . .
Includes: The Relic Guild, The Cathedral of Known Things, The Watcher of Dead Time and two exclusive short stories.
Magic caused the war. Magic is forbidden. Magic will save us.
It was said the Labyrinth had once been the great meeting place, a sprawling city at the heart of an endless maze where a million humans hosted the Houses of the Aelfir. The Aelfir who had brought trade and riches, and a future full of promise. But when the Thaumaturgists, overlords of human and Aelfir alike, went to war, everything was ruined and the Labyrinth became an abandoned forbidden zone, where humans were trapped behind boundary walls 100 feet high.
Now the Aelfir are a distant memory and the Thaumaturgists have faded into myth. Young Clara struggles to survive in a dangerous and dysfunctional city, where eyes are keen, nights are long, and the use of magic is punishable by death. She hides in the shadows, fearful that someone will discover she is touched by magic. She knows her days are numbered. But when a strange man named Fabian Moor returns to the Labyrinth, Clara learns that magic serves a higher purpose and that some myths are much more deadly in the flesh.
The only people Clara can trust are the Relic Guild, a secret band of magickers sworn to protect the Labyrinth. But the Relic Guild are now too few. To truly defeat their old nemesis Moor, mightier help will be required. To save the Labyrinth – and the lives of one million humans – Clara and the Relic Guild must find a way to contact the worlds beyond their walls.
Praise for Edward Cox:
‘A terrific debut novel, with plenty of scope for expansion and some really good world-building. Most importantly, lots of fun’ Joanne M Harris, author of Gospel of Loki
‘Ed Cox has created a lush, detailed world while also hinting at a larger backstory that will be revealed in volumes to come’ SFX
‘an exciting blend of steampunk, fantasy, horror and pulp adventure . . . an intriguing, original and enjoying book’ Starburst
The Blue Salt Road – Joanne Harris
A perfect autumn and Christmas read, this combines the harshness of nature with the spookiness of a ghost story and the comfort of a great folk tale, in one beautifully told novella which is stunningly illustrated by Bonnie Hawkins.
An earthly nourris sits and sings
And aye she sings, “Ba lilly wean,
Little ken I my bairn’s father,
Far less the land that he staps in.
(Child Ballad, no. 113)
So begins a stunning tale of love, loss and revenge, against a powerful backdrop of adventure on the high seas, and drama on the land. The Blue Salt Road balances passion and loss, love and violence and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless, wild young man.
Passion drew him to a new world, and trickery has kept him there – without his memories, separated from his own people. But as he finds his way in this dangerous new way of life, so he learns that his notions of home, and your people, might not be as fixed as he believed.
Beautifully illustrated by Bonnie Helen Hawkins, this is a stunning and original modern fairytale.
Praise for Joanne Harris:
‘Dark, quirky, occasionally grim, often hilarious and gloriously bold’ Booktopia
‘A mixing of ancient myth with cracking modern story telling, alongside wonderful prose and pace’ Falcata Times
Lies Sleeping – Ben Aaronovitch
The seventh PC Grant mystery is here, continuing bestselling series of London adventures. That’s the way to do it . . .
Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run.
Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice.
But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan.
A plan that has its roots in London’s two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees.
To save his beloved city Peter’s going to need help from his former best friend and colleague – Lesley May – who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr Punch . . .
Praise for Ben Aaronovitch:
‘An incredibly fast-moving magical joyride for grown-ups’ The Times
‘For all the murder and mayhem, this is a darkly comic read with characters you can’t help but like’ Sunday Express
‘As brilliant and funny as ever’ Sun
‘Lies Sleeping is just as wonderful as the preceding Peter Grant books. Grant is one of the warmest characters in Urban Fantasy, and his adventures are grim, funny, and breathtakingly suspenseful’ Charlaine Harris