London Macabre [NOOK Book]

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A man walks confidently through the night time streets. He is 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 ...
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Overview

A man walks confidently through the night time streets. He is 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 Trafalgar 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 Whitechapel. 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.

Can the men of Greyfriars stop the daemonic Seth from opening the gates and all hell breaking loose?

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014921961
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 458,482
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

STEVEN SAVILE has written for Doctor Who, Torchwood, Primeval, Stargate, Warhammer, Slaine, Fireborn, Pathfinder and other popular game and comic worlds. His novels have been published in eight languages to date, including the Italian bestseller L'eridita. He won the International Media Association of Tie-In Writers award for his Primeval novel, SHADOW OF THE JAGUAR, published by Titan, in 2010, and has been nominated for the British Fantasy Award on multiple occasions. SILVER, his debut thriller reached #2 in the Amazon UK e-charts in the summer of 2011 selling over forty thousand copies in the process. He wrote the story for the huge international bestselling computer game BATTLEFIELD 3 which sold over five million copies in its week of release, and he served as head writer on the popular online children's game SPINEWORLD which have over one million players. His latest books include TAU CETI (co-authored with International Bestselling novelist Kevin J. Anderson), EACH EMBER'S GHOST and the novelization of the computer game RISEN 2: DARK WATERS.
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  • Posted August 20, 2012

    Really enjoyed the tale, it totally went off in several unexpect

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2012

    I've been a Savile fan for quite a while and was excited about t

    I've been a Savile fan for quite a while and was excited about this new
    book. London Macabre is a classic Savile novel. It has his hardcore
    religious overtone (don't let that term scare you away. He is an expert
    on religion but not preachy at all). The story takes place in Victorian
    Era London and centers around a small group of gentlemen with special
    abilities. Add Jack the Ripper, the Garden of Eden, fallen angels, dead
    prostitutes and supernatural abilities to the mix (and MUCH MUCH more!)
    and you have London Macabre. Steven Savile never ceases to amaze me and
    I highly recommend this book. One small caveat, though. Once you read
    this, you will have to go out and buy everything else he has ever
    written.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2012

    Historical London? Yes please!

    I've read a lot of Savile before, and he continues to amaze me. This book may be his ultimate masterpiece. Centered in Victorian Era London, a group of men -- think League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and you're near spot on -- work to save the city against a machination of evil.

    Savile expertly weaves the plot with references to the Garden of Eden, the British Royal Family circa the 1870s as well as Jack the Ripper. There are surprises on every page, and no one captures the feel of London like Savile does.

    Highly recommended.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

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    A staggeringly grand epic ¿ London Macabre is fabulist occult at

    A staggeringly grand epic – London Macabre is fabulist occult at its
    best. A heady mix of Victoriana, a hint of steampunk, a lashing of magic
    and fantasy, the touch of the divine struggle that colours the best of
    this Author’s work, and at its heart a rippingly good story. The
    Greyfriar’s Gentlemen’s Club is a collection of practitioners of the
    Art, and a more well-heeled, pipe smoking, brandy quaffing set of brave
    adventurers you will not find in London. Utilising their skills, as well
    as their endlessly resourceful retainer Mason, the group find themselves
    in a desperate battle for survival as they protect the City from the
    dark and devious designs of their Arch-enemies, the Brethren. A new
    arrival in the form of a ghost-touched young girl brings with it yet
    more mystery, soon added to in the form of a ruthless, dimension-jumping
    Monarch, and once a hastily-arranged Conclave of the Villain Kings and
    the Gentlemen falls apart amidst treachery and accusation, it isn’t long
    before terror and destruction carve through the cobbled streets of
    Victorian London. The story – full of derring-do, a frightening array
    of magic, a plethora of magical artefacts and weapons, an awesome golem,
    oh and did I mention a Fallen Angel, a Daemon Lord, and the First
    Murderer attempting to return to Eden? That little confrontation that
    drags across the City’s hidden portals whacks the carnage and the stakes
    up several levels, until our valiant heroes find themselves fighting to
    save reality as well as their own skins. A blistering climax that
    consumes the last third of the book will have you frantically turning
    the pages and wondering how it could possibly get any more desperate -
    the toll is high for our heroes, but can they avert disaster?

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    If you like magic, history, London, Angels, Demons, or all of th

    If you like magic, history, London, Angels, Demons, or all of the above,
    this book is for you. Secret organizations, plots against the very
    fabric of reality, The Hollow Earth...and so much more. This authors
    has a wonderful grasp of London's streets and how to twist them just so
    to get that eerie, other world feel you get from the prose of other
    fantasists like Neil Gaiman, and Clive Barker. Good stuff. I read the
    hardcover, and have picked up the eBook for a second read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2012

    Rich. Lush. Full of so many ideas. A completely different kind o

    Rich. Lush. Full of so many ideas. A completely different kind of fantasy. Like Savile's Silver, London Macabre focusses on a team of extraordinary gentlemen and religious iconography. Dashes of Egyptian mythology, an entire alternative history for London that never was. Extraordinary. Highly recommended for a lovers of Ripperology, for fantasy readers, fans of authors like Tim Powers and James Blaylock.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2012

    London Macabre was unlike anything I'd ever read before - and I'

    London Macabre was unlike anything I'd ever read before - and I've read a lot of Savile's tie-in stuff like Warhammer and Primeval, and his thriller Silver - it's not steampunk, but it's got lashings of steampunky goodness. It's more like Fantastic Victoriana. There are dozens of plot threads for the Greyfriar's Gentlemen to wrestle with, from the threat of the Mujina, a demon escaped from Hell to threaten London, the Trafalgar lions, a giant golem bestride the Thames, even the devil himself. Mad, but utterly brilliant. REVIEW FROM THE DARK REGIONS PRESS HARDCOVER EDITION.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    WOW!!!! I AM COMPLETELY HOOKED!!!!!!!

    Where do I begin? Rarely does a book leave me speechless, but I sat for some time in complete silence with my mind reeling and spinning with all I had just absorbed. Who can throw together a gentlemanly group of friends who each have a small paranormal gift, werewolves, vampires, God and the Devil, angels, demons, Cain, Queen Victoria and her Albert, and a giant golem and have the ending come out the way it did? This author is amazing!!!!

    This book had me all over the place. There were ups and downs. There were battles to the extreme. It was gruesome, it was uplifting. There was a bit of history. There was loyalty and betrayal. There were so many twists and turns in the story, I constantly went from tears to cheers and then back to tears (with cheers waiting again just as you turn to the next page!).

    The writing style of this author is just as wonderful as the originality of his story line. There was a little Dan Brown meets Stephen King meets Robert McCammon meets A League of Extrordinary Gentlemen. His words just flow and his imagery is amazing! I know when I close my eyes to think about what I am reading, I am seeing what Mr. Saville wants me to see.

    This is the first book I have read by this man, and it will definitely not be the last. This was completely unexpected, and as I said up top, I am hooked. Would definitely recommend to anyone that is ready for a wild literary ride! This is not for the faint of heart though, and some descriptions can get pretty awful. I mean really pretty gruesome. Other than that, all I can say is get it and you will not be sorry. This goes in my list of faves and fave authors.

    Completely amazing.

    -- SPeeD

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Question please anawer asap!!!!!!

    I'm thirteen would this b approriate?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Wanted to

    I was so excited to see a new book by this author. I have read much of his other work and really enjoyed it. The storyline was excellent and the "gentlemen" were great characters as were the protagonsts. Then came the downfall--the protagonsts' point of view. I love mystery, suspense, anticipation, the thrill of the unknown. Well that gets taken away when you know what the "bad guys" are doing, planning, etc. There is no more anticipation or wonder. You might not know all of the details but the mystery for the most part is gone. I wanted to and planned on loving this book but was extremely disappointed. Imagine my loss especially of a favored author and an extremely long book (which I also love). I ended up reading about 1/4 of the book and was so discouraged that I skipped to the ending. What a waste! However, if you do like a story that is told from "both" sides, then this will be a wonderfull book for you. Like I said before, everything else about this book is great, but unfortunately not for me.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Not really very good.

    I found it to be rather silly instead of macabre.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 8, 2012

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