The Ninth Circleby Alex Bell
A man comes to on the floor of a shabby apartment in the middle of Budapest. His head is glued to the floorboards with his own blood. There's a fortune in cash on the kitchen table. And he has no idea where, or who, he is. He can do extraordinary thingsspeak any number of languages fluently, go three days without food or sleep, and fight with
A man comes to on the floor of a shabby apartment in the middle of Budapest. His head is glued to the floorboards with his own blood. There's a fortune in cash on the kitchen table. And he has no idea where, or who, he is. He can do extraordinary thingsspeak any number of languages fluently, go three days without food or sleep, and fight with extraordinary prowess. But without a name, without a past, he's isolated from the rest of the world; a stranger to everyone, including himselfuntil a chance encounter with a young scholar leads to his first friendship and his first hint that someone out there knows more about him than he does. Someone is sending him clues about his past. Photographs hidden in books and crates of wine. Cryptic clues pointing towards a murdered woman. And clear warnings against Stephomi, his only friend. But that's not all; Gabriel Antaeus is seeing strange, impossible things: a burning man is stalking his dreams and haunting his mirrors, his dreams are filled with violence from the past, and his pregnant young neighbor is surrounded by an extraordinary golden aura. Something dark and violent in Gabriel's past is trying to resurface. And as he pieces the clues together, everything points towards an astounding war between angels and demonsa battle not just for the future of the world but for the minds and souls of everyone in it.
"A mature literary theological mystery with a satisfyingly twisty thriller conclusion." Publishers Weekly
"Effectively fuses theological fantasy with psychological mystery to create a gripping narrative." The Guardian
"Highly engaging . . . successfully taps into the rich vein of deep-seated biblical superstition that is so compelling in works like The Omen or even The Da Vinci Code." SFRevu
"Beautifully packaged, the first in the series [New Stories from the Mabinogion] demonstrates a knack of being contemporary yet seemingly ageless, updating the original blend of Celtic mythology and Arthurian legend to create a work that's full of life . . . Told in sparse and understated prose, it's a tense and evocative piece of work that maintains the fine tradition of Welsh myth-making." Big Issue
"A haunting, engrossing story with a unique aura of its own. Alex Bell's remarkable debut is original, cleverly plotted and so well written the pages just flew by." Raymond Khoury, author, The Last Templar
- Gollancz, Victor Limited
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Alex Bell wrote The Ninth Circle, her debut, at the age of 19.
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