Gothic spires battle for height, overlapping each other until the skyline is a jagged mass of thorns.
From the crumbling Belfry to the Citadel’s stained-glass eye, across acres of cobbles streets and knotted alleyways that never see daylight, Greaveburn is a city with darkness at its core.
Archduke Choler sits on the throne, his black-sealed letters foretell death for the person named inside. Abrasia, the rightful heir, lives as a recluse in order to stay alive. With her father murdered and her only ally lost, Abrasia is alone in a city where the crooked Palace Guard, a scientist’s assistant that is more beast than man, and a duo of body snatchers are all on her list of enemies.
Under the cobbled streets lurk the Broken Folk, deformed rebels led by the hideously scarred Darrant, a man who once swore to protect the city. And in a darkened laboratory, the devious Professor Loosestrife builds a contraption known only as The Womb.
As Greaveburn is torn apart around her, can Abrasia avenge her father’s murder before the Archduke’s letter spells her doom?
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Author: Craig Hallam
Release Date: August 2012
Format: eBook (MOBI & ePUB)
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Hallam has crafted an engaging narrative with likable characters and a climax which makes a statement about human nature. However, one could argue the city itself is the real star of the story. Hallam’s expert use of imagery helps us to imagine Greaveburn as a Gothic metropolis full of splendour.
– S. Kinkade, author of God School
Greaveburn is such a rich literary tapestry it would be a shame not to dip our toes into it at least once more. Fans of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones and Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast are certain to enjoy getting to know Greaveburn and its residents.
– Angharad Welsh, Cotswold Style Magazine