By Tom Fletcher
Can Wild Alan unite the Discard against the tyranny of the Pyramid?Wild Alan is desperate to get the cure for Idle Hands to his son Billy, but Billy's in the Pyramid and he's trapped in the barren wasteland that is the Discard. Bloody Nora, the Mapmaker, has her own reasons for agreeing to help Wild Alan: she wants to get into the Pyramid herself - she believes the secrets of Gleam's history and purpose can be found in the vaults.But there are more secrets there than either imagined - and some of the parchments and scrolls may hold the key to destroying the Pyramid's tyranny. Wild Alan cares only about Billy, but his actions are about to set off consequences that will change the fragile relationship between Pyramid and Discard for ever.
By Andrew Caldecott, Sasha Laika
'Intricate and crisp, witty and solemn: a book with special and dangerous properties' Hilary MantelA twisted, arcane murder-mystery with shades of Hope Mirrlees, Ben Aaronovitch, Mervyn Peake and Edward Gorey at their disturbing best.The town of Rotherweird stands alone - there are no guidebooks, despite the fascinating and diverse architectural styles cramming the narrow streets, the avant garde science and offbeat customs. Cast adrift from the rest of England by Elizabeth I, Rotherweird's independence is subject to one disturbing condition: nobody, but nobody, studies the town or its history.For beneath the enchanting surface lurks a secret so dark that it must never be rediscovered, still less reused.But secrets have a way of leaking out.Two inquisitive outsiders have arrived: Jonah Oblong, to teach modern history at Rotherweird School (nothing local and nothing before 1800), and the sinister billionaire Sir Veronal Slickstone, who has somehow got permission to renovate the town's long-derelict Manor House.Slickstone and Oblong, though driven by conflicting motives, both strive to connect past and present, until they and their allies are drawn into a race against time - and each other. The consequences will be lethal and apocalyptic.Welcome to Rotherweird!'Baroque, Byzantine and beautiful - not to mention bold' M.R. Carey'Compelling . . . the love child of Gormenghast and Hogwarts' Guardian
Path of Gods
By Snorri Kristjansson
The epic conclusion to The Valhalla Saga, perfect for fans of Vikings and The Last Kingdom.Reunited, Audun and Ulfar have a new sense of purpose: to ensure that the North remains in the hands of those who hold with the old gods. To do this, they must defeat the people who seek to destroy all they have ever known with the new White Christ. But these are powerful enemies and if they have any chance of victory, they must find equally powerful allies. In Trondheim, King Olav, self-appointed champion of the White Christ, finds that keeping the peace is a much harder test of his faith than winning the war. With his garrison halved and local chieftains at his table who wish him nothing but ill, the king must decide how and where to spread the word of his god. And in the North, touched by the trickster god, something old, malevolent and very, very angry stirs . . .'Fans of David Gemmell's work should feel right at home with this one' Starburst Magazine
The Last Gasp
By Trevor Hoyle
MANKIND IS KILLING THE AIR WE BREATHE.Selected as one of Goodread's Best Ecological Horror novels Scientists have been warning for decades that we are poisoning the Earth. Now their prophecy is coming true. The oceans have become polluted, destroying a crucial link in the planet's life-support system.Instead of joining in friendship to meet this deadly future, corrupt superpowers are plotting to secure the last remaining clean air for the privileged few.This is the terrifying 21st-century prophecy of what we are doing to our home in space.Once it was just a scary bedtime story. Now it has become horrifyingly real.TIME IS SHORT. THE AIR IS RUNNING OUT.
Blood Will Follow
By Snorri Kristjansson
In this epic new entry to The Valhalla Saga, blood will be spilled, bonds will be tested and long-buried secrets will be revealed . . . Ulfar Thormodsson and Audun Arngrimsson survived the battle for Stenvik, although at huge cost. They have suffered much worse than heartbreak: they have lost the very thing that made them human. Their mortality. While Ulfar heads home, looking for the place where he thinks he will be safe, Audun runs south. But both men are about to discover that they cannot run away from themselves. King Olav has left the conquered town of Stenvik in the hands of his lieutenant so he can journey north, following Valgard in the search for the source of the Vikings' power. And all the while older beings watch and wait, biding their time. There are secrets yet to be discovered . . . 'Fans of David Gemmell's work should feel right at home with this one' Starburst Magazine
Rule of Night
By Trevor Hoyle
The sixties were swinging - but the seventies were the hangover: darker, nastier, uglier. This cult classic, a sour antidote to A Clockwork Orange, is 'a powerfully authentic account of working-class life and gang violence in early 1970s' (Time Out).Kenny Seddon is sixteen and no longer in school, but he still lives with his mum, dad and sister on the Ashfield Valley council estate, He's pissing away his life in a series of dead-end jobs, boozed-up nights, mostly disappointing sex and confused violence. The nineteenth century cotton mills that brought prosperity have all been shut down, and Rochdale is fast decaying into just another decrepit factory town where the gangs rule. Rule of Night creates a chillingly authentic world where teenagers prowl rainy fluorescent-lit streets dressed as their Clockwork Orange anti-heroes, with a backdrop provided by Ford Cortinas, Players No. 6, the factory and the relentless struggle to maintain hope.
Down the Figure 7
By Trevor Hoyle
On the wasteland between their houses, Terry Webb and his mates are battling the Nazzies and Nips, inflamed by the Movietone News at the Saturday matinee, the exploits of Hollywood tough guys and the tales of brothers and dads and uncles who fought for their country. But in the 1950s, Britain is struggling to emerge from beneath the long shadow left in the wake of the Second World War. Life is all rationing, 'make-do-and-mend', deprivation and poverty, especially in the Northern cotton towns.As far as the boys are concerned it's all just a bit of fun, just like their opportunistic fumblings and increasing interest in girls - until Terry's favourite uncle, a Desert Rat, comes home, bearing all the scars of Monty's North Africa campaign and bringing a piece of the war back with him. And suddenly for Terry, life's no longer a game, but there's real-life danger - and real-life tragedy . . .The past is truly is a foreign country in this coming-of-age novel based on Trevor Hoyle's short story, the winner of the Transatlantic Review short story competition, evoking the joys, frustrations, injustices, excitement, battles, discoveries and bloody-minded wonder of a boy slowly learning to become a man.
Swords of Good Men
By Snorri Kristjansson
Ulfar and his highborn cousin Geiri have one last stop on their long journey - but the Viking town of Stenvik is filled with dangerous men: a 'brutal, bloody book' (MARK LAWRENCE on Goodreads), a riveting adventure of clashing Viking powers.Ulfar Thormodsson was tasked with taking his highborn cousin Geiri on a tour of the kingdom, punishment for after disgracing his father. After two bitterly uncomfortable years on the road, he just wants to go home.'Highly recommended' (The Eloquent Page) 'powerful epic fantasy series crammed full with Vikings' 'Historical Novel SocietyBut the last stop, the walled town of Stenvik, is different: it contains the mysterious blacksmith Audun, who just wants to be left alone, and the beautiful Lilja, who immediately captures Ulfar's heart - but Stenvik is also home to some very deadly men, including Lilja's brutal husband, who could break Ulfar in an instant.And Stenvik is about to become the battleground in deadly war between the old gods and the new: King Olav is bringing the White Christ to the masses at point of sword and edge of blade - while a Viking horde led by a mysterious woman is sailing from the north.Ulfar and Audun are about to learn that their enemies are not all outside the walls - and blood will wash the land . . .