On a mountain that does not exist, there is a school where they teach the impossible.
From his first day at the Academy, things are difficult for Quay. Though he has surrendered his name, like every other acolyte at the magical school, Quay is the son of a disgraced professor, and he finds that his father’s old enemies are already lined up against him–while the professor’s own faction is just as suspicious. Quay refuses to take a side, but as his powers grow it becomes apparent that the damaged young boy may prove a greater threat than his father ever was.
Deep in the Library of Shadows, Quay finds a way to survive his father’s treacherous legacy, but the price is high indeed.
“A strange, mysterious and compelling read told in spookily disconnected first person narrative, delivered by a likeably unlikeable main character. A subtle and dreamlike tale.” –Sam Bowring, author of the Broken Well trilogy
Illustrated by Nicholas Hunter.
Doors will open. For some, there is a Way to travel there, if they want it badly enough. If they dream
it hard enough. In this era, only lovers, poets, and madmen can access the Realms of the Land–and
for good reason.
A succession of mortals travel to Faerie: a veteran seeking beauty; a magus seeking power; an
urchin seeking his wayward father; an engineer seeking meaning. The mortals bring the
horrors of our age to the Land, and the Folk who live there respond in kind.
“In this beautifully imagined novel, Franks tells a story viscerally graphic, emotionally moving
and very, very sharp.” – Kaaron Warren
“Franks has delivered a dark fantastical history of staggering imagination, written like a fable,
delivered like a punch. Powerful and engrossing stuff.” – Alan Baxter
Young guitar virtuoso Clarice Marnier is on the verge of success when she crosses the wrong A&R man. Suddenly, instead of being signed to the major label that’s been courting her, she ﬁnds herself blacklisted.
So Clarice makes a deal with the Devil: the soul of her greatest enemy for a record deal and a second chance.
As Clarice and her band, Bloody Waters, begin their ascent to rock stardom they are are beset by a strange array of enemies. Has-been guitar heroes, popstar succubii, spell-slinging DJs, angry divas and killer angels–every occult freak and music industry player in LA wants something from them, whether it’s a slice of their fame or a bite out of their souls.
Clearly, there’s more at stake than just a record deal–but what does the Devil really want, and how far will Clarice go to protect what’s hers?
AUREALIS AWARDS FINALIST.
“The writing style is tight and powerful. This is a great book, superbly written and one of those things you can call truly different.” – Alan Baxter