Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Preview - "End of the Century" by Chris Roberson

End of the Century by Chris Roberson hits the stores today and I hope to get to my review in the next couple of weeks as it sounds like a fabulous fantasy tale. Here's a quick peek.

End of the Century
February 17, 2009
Pyr Books
At the eve of the new millennium, teenager Alice Fell is alone on the streets of a strange city, friendless and without a pound to her name. She is not sure whether she's losing her mind, or whether she is called by inescapable visions to some special destiny. Along with a strange man named Stillman Waters, a retired occultist and spy – or so he claims – she finds herself pursued by strange creatures, and driven to steal the priceless "vanishing gem" that may contain the answers to the mysteries that plague her.

A century earlier, consulting detective Sandford Blank, accompanied by his companion Roxanne Bonaveuture,is ca11ed upon to_solve a string of brutal murders on the eve of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. The police believe that Jack the Ripper is back on the streets, but Blank believes that this is a new killer, one whose motive is not violence or mayhem, but the discovery of the Holy Grail itself. And what of the corpse-white Huntsman and his unearthly hounds, who stalks the gaslit streets of London?

And in the sixth century, Galaad, a young man driven by strange dreams of a lady in white and a tower of glass, travels to the court of the high king Artor in Londinium, abandoned stronghold of the Roman Empire in Britain. With Galaad's bizarre dreams as their only guide, Artor and his loyal captains journey west to the Summerlands, there to face a threat that could spell the end of the new-forged kingdom of Britain.

These three adventures—Dark Ages fantasy, gaslit mystery, and modern-day jewel heist—alternate until the barriers between the different times begin to break down, and our heroes confront the secrets that connect the Grail, the Glass Tower, and the vanishing gem. And lurking behind it all, the entity known only as Omega.
Chris Roberson's novels include Here, There & Everywhere; Paragaea: A Planetary Romance; X-Men: The Return; Set the Seas on Fire; The Dragon's Nine Sons; Iron Jaw and Hummingbird; and Three Unbroken. His short stories have appeared in such magazines as Asimov's, Interzone, and Subterranean, and in anthologies such as Live Without a Net, FutureShocks, and Forbidden Planets. With his business partner and spouse Allison Baker, he is the publisher of MonkeyBrain Books, an independent press specializing in genre fiction and nonfiction genre studies, and the editor of the anthology Adventure, Vol. 1. He has been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award three times: once each for writing, publishing, and editing; twice a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; and twice for the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History Short Form (winning in 2004 with his story "0 One"). Chris and Allison live in Austin, Texas, with their daughter, Georgia. Visit him online at www.chrisroberson.net


  1. Sounds like fun! I'll be looking forward to your thoughts when you've finished it.

  2. The author is a really nice guy. He goes to the cons near where I live. Usually, my husband reads his books, but this one peaks my interest.

  3. Sounds promising. Anyway I look forward to your review.

  4. Hi Darla I don't read as much fantasy as I do Urban Fantasy but this one seemed to stand out.

    Genre authors in general are kewl folks. This will be the first book by Chris I have read.

    Thanks for dropping in ediFanoB. Should have this one up in the next couple of weeks.


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