Alex Locke is a reformed ex-con forced into London's criminal underworld for one more job.
He agrees to steal a priceless artefact - a human heart carved from the blackest obsidian - but when the burglary goes horribly wrong, Alex is plunged into the nightmarish world of the Wolves of London, unearthly assassins who will stop at nothing to reclaim the heart.
As he races to unlock the secrets of the mysterious object, Alex must learn to wield its dark power - or be destroyed by it.
"Mark Morris is a stellar talent, equally able to touch the heart and chill the spine. He has a maestro's gift of weaving subtlety and brutality into the perfect symphony. If you haven't read him before, now's the time!" (Christopher Golden, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Snowblind)
"A new novel from Morris is always cause for celebration, and this first in a brand new trilogy ushers in his greatest, most complex and compelling work yet." (Tim Lebbon, New York Times best-selling author of Coldbrook)
"Mark Morris is one of the best horror writers we have. If you re not reading him, you're missing out" (Michael Marshall Smith, New York Times best-selling author of The Intruders)
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- Lesley "From Austen to zombies!"
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The characters were great, well detailed and believable. The situation was gripping and creepy. The mystery was solid.... and then there was time-travel. It felt like the author was trying to fit every cool idea he ever had into one book.... or possibly wrote the 3rd act in a haze of alcohol-ridden frustration for having not yet completed his book. It just spiraled worse and worse at the beginning of the third act, the moment TIME-TRAVEL was thrown into this modern, crime, horror, mystery, supernatural/steampunk-esque thriller...
Maybe.... but I don't know If i'd pay for it.
His characters were distinct. He LIVED the author's descriptions of each and he pulled you into the story with his performance rather than simply reading words on a page.
The first 2 acts were solid, creepy and mysterious. Despite any failings in pacing and lack of exposition, it moved well enough to keep me interested in what happened next.
....I committed 10 hours into this and then got disappointed. I gave it another hour leaving me about 2 left.... but i just couldn't finish it cuz it kept spiraling worse and worse.
- CaffineFreeJAVA "Where ever you go, there you are..."