A living weapon journeys into a forbidden land. How much trouble can she get into? The answer, it turns out, is quite a lot.
by Jen Williams
Titan, September 2023
(via Mushens Entertainment)
Leven has no memory of her life before she was a soldier. The process of turning her into a Herald – a magical killing machine – was traumatic enough that it wiped her mind clean. Now, with the war won and the Imperium satisfied, she finds herself unemployed and facing a bleak future. Her fellow Heralds are disappearing, and her own mind seems to be coming apart at the seams. Strange visions, memories she shouldn’t have, are resurfacing, and none of them make any sense. They show her Brittletain, the ancient and mysterious island that the Imperium was never able to tame. Leven resolves to go to this place of magic and warring queens, with the hope of finding who she really is.
Envoy Kaeto has done a number of important little jobs for the Imperium, most of them nasty, all of them in the shadows. His newest assignment is to escort the bonecrafter Gynid Tyleigh as she travels across the Imperium – as the woman responsible for creating the Heralds, his employers owe her a great deal. But Tyleigh’s ambition alarms even Kaeto, and her conviction that she has found a new source of Titan bones, buried deep in the earth, could lead to another, even bloodier war.
Ynis was raised by the griffins, and has never seen another human face. She lives wild, as they do, eating her meat raw and flying with her talon-sister, T’rook. The griffins fiercely protect their isolation – the piles of skulls that litter the mountains of Brittletain are testament to that – but the magic they guard will always make them a target for the greed of men. By choosing not to kill Ynis when she was just a baby, the griffins may have doomed themselves – because the girl’s past is coming for her, and it carries a lethal blade. Acquired at a 5-way auction.
Jen Williams started writing about pirates and dragons as a young girl and hasn’t ever stopped. Her short stories have featured in numerous anthologies and she has won Best Fantasy Novel at the British Fantasy awards for both The Ninth Rain and The Bitter Twins with her Winnowing Flame trilogy. She has previously written the Copper Cat trilogy, as well as the thriller Dog Rose Dirt. Jen lives in London with her partner and their cat.
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Dans le livre, publié en juillet 2021 chez HarperCollins UK, la journaliste Heather Evans retourne dans sa maison d’enfance après le suicide inexpliqué de sa mère, et découvre que celle-ci entretenait depuis des années une correspondance troublante avec Michael Reave, un tueur en série emprisonné depuis plus de vingt ans. Lorsque le corps d’une femme est retrouvé décoré de fleurs, tout comme l’étaient ses victimes, Reave est la seule personne qui pourrait faire avancer l’enquête. Après des années de silence, il accepte de parler à Heather, et seulement à Heather.
‘Masterclass in suspense’ –The Times
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‘An unsettling, terrifying thriller’ –Abigail Dean
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A standalone, chilling thriller about a woman who discovers her late mother had been secretly corresponding with a serial killer for decades.
DOG ROSE DIRT
by Jen Williams
HarperCollinsUK , Publication 2021
When prodigal daughter Heather Evans returns to her family home, it’s for an unhappy reason: her mother Colleen has killed herself, and Heather must pick up the pieces. Sorting through her mother’s belongings Heather makes an alarming discovery – stacks and stacks of carefully preserved letters from the notorious serial killer Michael Reave. The Red Wolf, as the press dubbed him, has been in prison for over twenty years, serving a life sentence for the gruesome and ritualistic murders of several women across the country, although he has always protested his innocence. The police have had no reason to listen, yet Heather isn’t the only one to suddenly have cause to re-examine the Red Wolf murders – the body of a young woman has been found, dismembered and placed inside a tree, the corpse planted with flowers. Just as the Red Wolf once did. What did Heather’s mother know? Why did she kill herself? And with the monstrous Red Wolf safely locked inside a maximum security prison, who is stalking young women now? Teaming up with DI Ben Parker, Heather hopes to get some answers for herself and for the newest victims of this depraved murderer. Yet to do that, she must speak to Michael Reave herself, and expose herself to truths she may not be ready to face. Something dark is walking in the woods, and it knows her all too well.
Ideal for those who read BLACK EYED SUSANS or THE CHALK MAN, as well as fans of Mindhunter and the Ted Bundy tapes.
Jen Williams is an award-winning, very well-reviewed fantasy writer, but this is her debut thriller.