Eveline Duchen is a thief and con-artist, surviving day by day on the streets of London, where the glittering spires of progress rise on the straining backs of the poor and disenfranchised. Where the Folk, the otherworldly children of fairy tales and legends, have all but withdrawn from the smoke of the furnaces and the clamour of iron. Caught in an act of deception by the implacable Mr Holmforth, Evvie is offered a stark choice: transportation to the colonies, or an education and utter commitment to Her Majesty’s Service at Miss Cairngrim’s harsh school for female spies. But on the decadent streets of Shanghai, where the corruption of the Empire is laid bare, Holmforth is about to make a devil’s bargain, and Eveline’s choices could change the future of two worlds…
“Tremendous, pacey fun — perky heroines, mysterious men, vivid settings, dastardly plots and a steam powered dragon. What more could a girl want?” Francis Knight, author, Fade to Black
Published by Solaris April 2014
Babylon Steel, ex-sword-for-hire, ex…other things, runs the best brothel in Scalentine; city of many portals, two moons, and a wide variety of races, were-creatures, and religions, not to mention the occasional insane warlock.
She’s not having a good week. The Vessels of Purity are protesting against brothels, women in the trade are being attacked, it’s tax time, and there’s not enough money to pay the bill. So when the mysterious Darask Fain offers her a job finding a missing girl, Babylon decides to take it. But the missing girl is not what she seems, and neither is Darask Fain. In the meantime twomoon is approaching, and more than just a few night’s takings are at risk when Babylon’s hidden past reaches out to grab her by the throat.
“A unique and richly realised setting, a vivid cast, a plot that coils and divides and fakes and deceives… Ingenious, gripping, and full of pleasures on every level. Exceptional.”
Mike Carey, author of NYT Best Seller The Unwritten and the Felix Castor novels
Published by Solaris in January 2012
The second novel in the Babylon Steel sequence. Babylon, former avatar of the goddess of sex and war, currently owner of the Scarlet Lantern, the best brothel on Scalentine, city of portals, has been offered a job; as bodyguard to Enthemmerlee, the latest candidate for the Council of Incandress; and as spy for the Diplomatic Section, the barely-acknowledged government of Scalentine.
She doesn’t want it. Incandress is on the verge of civil war. Enthemmerlee represents the hopes or fears of a large portion of its population and is a prime target for assassination. And on Scalentine racial tensions and economic stresses are boiling up, with Babylon’s lover, Chief Bitternut, trying to keep the lid on.
But circumstances conspire to send her to Incandress. There, what with attempting to turn Enthemmerlee’s useless household guard into a disciplined fighting force, dodging the Moral Statutes, the unwilling presence of a very annoyed member of the Diplomatic Section and the need to keep both herself and her client alive, things become rather too interesting. And that’s before Babylon realises that the situation is far worse than she thought, and is driven to a choice that will have far-reaching consequences…
“…a hugely entertaining novel, full of humour and excitement but also with real depth.”Simon Bestwick, author of Tide of Souls and The Faceless
Published by Solaris January 2013
There’s another Babylon Steel novel in the works; this one involving families, kidnapping, arena fights and interplanar politics.
I am also working on a novel in collaboration with the absurdly talented Dave Gullen, whose short stories have appeared in a number of prestigious magazines and anthologies and whose debut novel, Shopocalypse, is now out.
Well, there are orcs. Sort of orcs. (I happen to like big green guys with tusks. What can I say?). It started out as a lighthearted piece of fluff, but seems determined to evolve into a fully-fledged fantasy novel with worldbuilding and subplots and stuff.
I have a few other projects percolating, including a contemporary paranormal and a fantasy noir. Somewhere on the back burner is a project which seems to get more vast every time I look at it, which is what happens when you have overblown ambitions to write a fantasy novel with six different viewpoint characters, spanning several continents, and dealing with nice simple little subjects like Story and Myth. And stuff. I may finish it before the inevitable reign of Our Squid Overlords, or possibly not.