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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Can't wait for the next one!
I had no expectations when I bought this book but I was blown away! I loved it! The only bad part was getting to the end and realising that I wo have to wait for the next. I only finished it this afternoon and have already recommend it to three people.
I don't like to compare because it's no really like anything I have read before. It's a really dark urban fantasy set in London. The obvious comparison would be Ben Aaronovich's Rivers of London series and if you like that then you should enjoy this. However this is much darker, I love the concept of the obsidian heart and want to find out more.
He brought the characters to life and made be believe it. Great performance.
I was scared, worried and at times disgusted and relieved, there were some tense moments, I care about the characters and want to find out more about them.
This book was an unexpected gem and is well worth a listen.
Other reviewers seem confused - Compelling start..