Author: Mark Chadbourn
Original language: English
Will Swyfte, Elizabethan England’s answer to James Bond, returns in his third swashbuckling supernatural
1593: The dreaded alchemist, black magician and spy Dr John Dee is missing.
Terror sweeps through the court of Queen Elizabeth, for in Dee’s possession is an obsidian mirror, a mysterious object of great power which legend says could set the world afire. And so the call goes out to celebrated swordsman, adventurer and rake Will Swyfte — find Dee and his feared looking-glass and return them to London before disaster strikes. But when Will discovers the mirror may help him solve the mystery that has haunted him for years — the fate of his lost love, Jenny — the stakes become acutely personal.
With a frozen London under siege by supernatural powers, the sands of time are running out. Will is left with no choice but to pursue the alchemist to the devil-haunted lands of the New World — in the very shadow of the terrifying fortress home of England’s hidden enemy, the Unseelie Court. Surrounded by an army of these unearthly fiends, with only his sword and a few brave friends at his back, the realm’s greatest spy must be prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice — or see all he loves destroyed.
A plot that races like a flaming whippet on crack…darkly ingenious…hugely entertaining…streets ahead of most works in this genre SFSITE Smart, fun, at times surprisingly moving, and occasionally downright shocking…impossible to put down REALMS OF FANTASY