A hero murdered.
A girl alone.
A city of villains.
From the crumbling Belfry to the Citadel’s stained-glass eye, across acres of cobbled streets and knotted alleyways that never see daylight, Greaveburn is a city with darkness at its core. Gothic spires battle for height, overlapping each other until the skyline is a jagged mass of thorns.
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.
With Greaveburn being torn apart around her, can Abrasia avenge her father’s murder before the Archduke’s letter spells her doom.
…a kick in the shin plates to more stereotypical fare…Each new scene is vivid and tangible, if sometimes repugnant and fell, allowing the city itself to become a character; a desperate, wounded beast…
…In the reading, I never felt more than a few beats away from some version of a Dickens’s work, at least in spirit, in terms of depicting co-existing lives in radically different tiers of society. Hallam keeps his class warfare tightly rined in to the gilded halls and the oozing sewers of Greaveburn, all the better to keep the pressure escalating upward from the lowest level of the sewers on up…
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I thoroughly enjoyed Greaveburn, it’s a fantasy novel but with a real difference from the run of the mill stuff out there.
Martin Belcher – Amazon Review
Very Gormenghast & Neverwhere – right up my street!
J.D. Hughes, Author
Elsewhere I have likened it to Ghormenghast, but not in a derivative sense. It has that perfectly-built world that all good fantasy books should have, a self-contained universe which makes sense, and where all threads are combined into a rich tapestry of story. It’s a book written by someone who can tell stories, a born story-teller
Richard Pierce – Author of Dead Men
This intriguing gothic tale starts with the reader wanting to get deeper into the plot. It reminded me of Gormenghast with a plot of murder and revenge….[SPOILERS]…Definitely worth reading but be warned that once you start reading you won’t want to put the book down.
Technomancer, Amazon Review