It begins innocently enough, with the death of a prostitute in Bedford Square, London. She isn't the first 'flower girl' to die and she won't be the last, not now the killer had a taste for it.
The man, Nathaniel Seth, is one of the Brethren, a shadow society of occult dabblers and black magickers who hide away in the darkest parts of the city, in corners where they could not be seen by polite society. Little did Seth know that his own life was only hours from ending, his flesh to be taken as host for a daemonic entity clawed all the way out of hell's pit in the centre of the hollow earth because Seth himself breached the Catamine Stair. Now things are afoot. Strange things. The lions of Traflagar have fulfilled their prophecy, climbing down from the plinths around Lord Nelson's column to defend the city. The daemon is out, stalking tender prey through the gaslit streets, meat markets, fish stalls and slaughter houses of Whitehall. He has a taste for women, though not ordinary women. These women are different. Special. They may look like whores but they have the blood of angels flowing in their veins. If he can kill enough of them, bathing in their innocent blood, then the daemonic Seth believes he can open the ancient Ald Gate--one of the seven great gates of London--the last gate to Eden, and go home, even if it means tearing London herself apart.
The gates are guarded by The Seven, bloodsucking angelkind put there to guard a very special prisoner. A prisoner who cannot be allowed to escape. Satanial. The Devil by another name. Cast down and trapped in a hell on earth, watched over by Uriel, the mad Archangel.
A few stedfast men stand in the daemon's way, led by Fabian Stark, a man himself doomed to die before even the first die is cast, and each of them cursed in their own way: Dorian Carruthers, Haddon McCreedy, Eugene Napier, Anthony Millington, and Brannigan Locke. The Grayfriar's Gentleman's Club.
Can these few men stop the daemonic Seth from opening the gates and all hell breaking loose?
It is as though Savile is the bastard child of Philip Pulman and Neil Gaiman, and London Macabre, part serial killer novel, part vast fabulist Victoriana epic, part Steampunk novel with a great slice of occultism and mysticism as well as a radical warping of all things holy, is quite unlike any dark fantasy novel you've ever read.
"The best I've seen from this author." - Don D'Ammassa
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About the Author
STEVEN SAVILE has written 20 books for various media properties including Doctor Who, Torchwood, Stargate, Warhammer, Slaine and Primeval. Shadow of the Jaguar, which was a #1 bestseller in the UK in 2008, and sold over half a million books worldwide. 2010 saw the release of his first non-fiction book, Fantastic TV, charting 50 years of science fiction television in the UK and US. He is the co-creator of Monster Town, recently bought by Sony Entertainment to develop for cable tv in the US (with Adam Fierro, Dexter, The Shield, 24, Walking Dead, as show-runner) and his novels have been translated into 9 languages, including German, French, Italian, and Spanish. Silver, his debut thriller, was released in January 2010 from Variance, in the US, It reached #2 on the e-book bestseller of Amazon UK and has spent over 100 days in the top 100, having sold 50,000 copies since Feb 1st 2011. Steve also wrote the storyline for Electronic Arts' Battlefield 3. He has been runner up in the British fantasy award, and won the Writers of the Future Award and the Scribe Award for best Media Tie-In in 2010. His most recent novel, The Black Chalice, was released in March. His next novel, Each Ember's Ghost will be published by Fantasy Flight Games, continuing the first novel in the Fireborn world written by Tracy Hickman (Dragonlance). He has also developed Isra the Nightwalker series for Pathfinder, the bestselling RPG in the US last year. You can visit him online at http://www.stevensavile.com.
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Posted by K M Criscione on 4th Jul 2012
Really enjoyed the tale, it totally went off in several unexpected directions in one large convoluted plot. Also all the old London History... not just the Victorian Era stuff but some pre-roman myths and legends were all worked into the story... believe it or not it actually made me want to go out and find a book about the ancient past of London. The seven gates and their immortal keepers... some pretty weird stuff that Eden is in the middle (or perhaps in a parallel place with London and that the area the land is built on is Nod. Very cool stuff.
We also get some angel and Lucifer change ups... at least some reinterpretation of Biblical myths.
The Gentlemen Knights, aka Greyfrairs Club, is an interesting group that i could compare to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Each one of them has a unique gift used in the defense of the city. We have a man who can talk with animals, another who can be practically invisible, one who speaks with the dead, a werewolf, a full blown wizard, and others.
The book is broken up into sections and each section is divided into a number of chapters and every chapter is a different POV... some times the POV is on different time tracks... so you will see the same scene from a different perspective or something that wasn't mentioned or is missing will be explained in a later chapter by the different view. Sometimes this really worked for me and sometimes it didn't.
If you like Victorian England, twists of myth and bible stories, strange and unique characters... then i think you'll love London Macabre