Don’t you love when a package arrives in the
I opened it and found this:
A gift from my former M.A. classmate, Rebecca Alexander: a copy of her first book. Squeeee!
Isn’t it beautiful? The crimson colour, the black crows scattering in the top left corner…
the strange symbols with that gorgeous black feather floating on top…
Photos can’t do it justice.
But this book is more than just a beautiful cover. It’s a fantastic (in both senses) story, a gripping read that weaves together two strands, one set in Krakow in 1585, the other in England in 2013. The link between the two is magic, the dark arts, and those who live on “borrowed time”. The pacing is edgy, the suspense is excruciating and the creepy factor, especially in Krakow, is high (but in a good way!)
Here’s the blurb:
Krakow, 1585 - Summoned by the King of Poland to help save his dying niece, Edward Kelley and his master, alchemist and scholar Dr John Dee, discover a dark secret at the heart of The Countess Bathory’s malady. But perhaps the cure will prove more terrifying than the alternative…
England, 2013 - Jackdaw Hammond lives in the shadows, a practitioner and purveyor of occult materials. But when she learns of a young woman found dead on a train, her body covered in arcane symbols, there’s no escaping the attention of police consultant Felix Guichard. Together they must solve a mystery centuries in the making, or die trying.
About 18 months ago, I was lucky enough to be a beta reader on a draft,but I’m dying to read the book again. It will be like visiting an old (admittedly creepy) friend who’s had a bit of makeover. Same as you loved before, only better.
Rebecca’s book is released on 10th October in the UK, the first of a three book deal with del Rey, a subsidiary of Random House, that specialises in science fiction and fantasy. Rebecca’s agent has negotiated a US deal and an audio book version is also in the works!! Boy, was I right when I blogged that I couldn’t wait to say I knew her when. Rebecca has kindly agreed to be interviewed on my blog very soon so if you have any questions, drop me an email (downithmATyahooDOTcoDOTuk) and I’ll include them.
I love this book so much I’m going to give one away on the blog. Everyone who leaves a comment below will have their name included in the draw. And remember, if you don’t win, and even if you do, buy the book when it’s out. Try here or here.