How much would you pay for the chance to change the worst moment of your life?
From two dark fantasy legends, Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon, coauthors of Mind the Gap , comes a terrifying thriller of where perilous passions meets malevolent magic.
Barely six months after leaving New Orleans, history professor Max Corbett is returning to a place he hardly recognizes. The girl he’d lovedand lostis dead, and the once-enchanted city has been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Max is only on this painful visit for Gabrielle’s funeraluntil a strange old man offers him a map to the city he once loved that is much more than meets the eye.
“Forget all the stories about magic you think you know. . . .”
It looks like an ordinary tourist map, but the old man claims that it is marked with a trail of magical moments from New Orleans’s history that just might open a door to the past. But as Max begins to uncover dark secrets about his lost love and New Orleans, the journey becomes one fraught with peril. How is Gabrielle linked to an evil group from the city’s past? Can Max evade them long enough to turn back the clock and give Gabrielle one last chance at life?
|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Christopher Golden’s novels include The Lost Ones, The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and The Borderkind. Golden co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast The Steadfast Tin Soldier and The Vampire, with Mike Mignola, and they are currently scripting it as a feature film for the New Regency. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including the thriller series Body of Evidence, honored by the New York Public Library and chosen as one of YALSA’s Best Books for Young Readers. Upcoming teen novels include Poison Ink for Delacorte, Soulless for MTV Books, and The Secret Journeys of Jack London, a collaboration with Tim Lebbon. With Thomas E. Sniegoski, he is the co-author of the dark fantasy series The Menagerie as well as the young readers fantasy series OutCast and the comic book miniseries Talent, both of which were recently acquired by Universal Pictures. Golden and Sniegoski also wrote the upcoming comic book miniseries The Sisterhood, currently in development as a feature film. Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. At present he is collaborating with Tim Lebbon on The Map of Moments, the second novel of The Hidden Cities.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It has been six months since history Professor Max Corbett left his position at Tulane to take a job at Tufts in Boston. His reason for leaving New Orleans had nothing to do with securing a better teaching post. He entered the apartment of his nineteen years old lover Gabrielle to find her having sex with a fellow student. Unable to move past the betrayal, he left town. He returns to attend Gaby¿s funeral; she died during Katrina with her corpse not discovered for several weeks after the storm. At the funeral, Gaby¿s cousin Corrine Doucette introduces Max to Ray, an elderly man who paid for the funeral as Katrina wiped out Corrine and their family disowned Gaby.
The two men go to Coopers where Ray offers Max an astonishing deal. If he follows a map of New Orleans¿ magical moments, he can save Gaby¿s life. Max takes the map and a potion which he drinks. The first moment appears on the map; the founding of the city; the next is that of a priest¿s magical voice blocking the shadows. Others follow until the seventh are the Tordu dark mages ruling New Orleans from the shadows. It is the eighth moment if Max survives the Tordu who want him dead that can save the city if the professor takes proper action even as he wonders how his beloved Gaby is tied to these evil practitioners.
As they did with London¿s MIND THE GAP, Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon make a strong dark urban fantasy team who once gain anchor the magic inside the mundane. Max hopes to save Gaby by witnessing the moments, but remains unaware that both the forces of good and evil are manipulating him for their respective cause. His observations and his actions to stay alive turn him into a stronger person than the one who fled rather than confront his cheating late girlfriend; he will soon face a greater more perilous confrontation between his mission and the city. Sub-genre fans will look forward to another urbanized collaboration between these two wonderful authors.
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