Shadows of the Short Days (Hardback)Alexander Dan Vilhjalmsson (author)
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A strikingly original Icelandic debut set in a strangely familiar alternate Reykjavik where wild and industrialised magic meet.
Perfect for fans of contemporary fantasy in the style of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere or China Mieville's The City & The City
Saemundur the Mad, addict and sorcerer, has been expelled from the magical university, Svartiskoli, and can no longer study galdur, an esoteric source of magic. Obsessed with proving his peers wrong, he will stop at nothing to gain absolute power and knowledge, especially of that which is long forbidden.
Garun is an outcast: half-human, half-huldufolk, fighting against an unjust government that refuses to grant people like her basic rights. A militant revolutionary and graffiti artist, recklessly dismissive of the status quo, she will do anything to achieve a just society, including spark a revolution. Even if she has to do it alone.
This is a tale of revolution set in a twisted version of Reykjavik fuelled by industrialised magic and populated by humans, interdimensional exiles, otherworldly creatures, psychoactive graffiti and demonic familiars.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 780 g
Dimensions: 240 x 154 x 50 mm
Shadows of the Short Days is revolutionary fantasy fresher than a dip in a glacial stream. Definitely one for fans of Neil Gaiman and China Mieville. * Gavin Smith, author of The Bastard Legion *
A marvellous, quirky, original fantasy novel set in a magical steampunk version of Reykjavik: teeming with magic, dense with detail and with characters that not only leap off the page, but poke you in the eye as they do. Highly recommended. * Joanne Harris, bestselling author of Chocolat *
A masterfully crafted dark tale . . . one of the most ambitious, intense, original and thrilling debuts I've read in a long time * Grimdark Magazine *
Shadows of the Short Days is fresh and exciting: full of dark, demonic, revolutionary shenanigans * Peter Newman *
A heady mix of revolution, monsters and magic, this is a novel of alternative Reykjavik in which myth and religion are alive - and hungry * Anna Stephens *
A pacy, racy read that blends racial and political issues with traditional urban fantasy fare. A recommended purchase, it will bring an icy chill to your summer reading. * STARBURST MAGAZINE *