by Craig Hallam


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From the crumbling belfry to the citadel's stained glass eye, across acres of cobbled streets and 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 who 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 deformed Darrant, a man who once swore to protect the city. 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?

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ISBN-13: 9781908600127
Publisher: Inspired Quill
Publication date: 08/14/2012
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The city of Greaveburn is a place of darkness, damp and mould, of crumbling stone and dank cellars and stinking sewers. Few places in the city are truly safe; picture London's 1880s Whitechapel district as depicted in the film /From Hell/, then trowel on a thick layer of rot and decay. Victorian London on it's worst day, and without any of the redeeming features. Set in this place is a story of treason, corruption, betrayal and murder. If you're thinking that Greaveburn the city is a depressing place filled with gloomy characters--or that the book follows suit--then, don't. Characters have moments of glory that cheer. Even the city has it's beautiful side--gardens, and even a wild orchard in an unexpected place. There's humour (there's one scene in which two characters, both determined to do the Right Thing and each thinking that the other is the enemy, end up fighting each other in the dark--dramatic irony that had me giggling like a fool by its end). The best of motives leads to glittering success or dismal failure--but you won't know which until you turn the page. /Predictable/ is not a word that applies here. What I found particularly striking is that the characters are above all /human/: the heir to the throne, captive in her own kingdom and subject to the murderous whim of the Archduke Choler and his power-hungry family; the tortured, vengeful leader of a subterranean underground; the corrupt captain of the City Guard; the deranged scientific genius and his assistant in an underground laboratory. The 'good' characters have their faults--serious ones. The 'bad' ones are haunted by their failings and surpass themselves. Nobody is what they might at first seem; nobody is all white--but there are those that are solid black, through to the bone. And almost everyone, at every level of Greaveburn society, has an agenda--from the Broken People living in the sewers, to the back-biting aristocracy, there are players and there are pawns. The imagery is strong--heavy gothic architecture, steampunk machinery, and yet there's the feeling that even a city like Greaveburn could have a Hogsmeade moment when Christmas rolls around. Downsides? Nothing major; there's a printing error on one page (at least on my copy), a minor inconsistency or two, the occasional misspelling, the odd punctuation problem. It happens, and it's not enough to detract. The pacing is good, the storyline solid. What really counts, as far as I'm concerned, is this: I had trouble putting /Greaveburn/ down. I found myself reading at 2am and had to force myself to stop and get some sleep; the temptation was to read /just one more chapter/. I don't come across many books that do that. Need I say more?