Exciting new voice in urban fiction from Solaris
A new author who provides a “distinctive new voice” in urban fantasy is due to release her debut novel, Blood and Feathers, in August next year.
Lou Morgan, who was first published by the British Fantasy Society in 2008 with a short story, has pitched the novel as “Alice in Wonderland goes to hell”. The debut novel is concerned with the search for family, whilst war continues to rage between heaven and hell.
Her angels though, are anything but angelic – they are sometimes funny, always wise and at times, utterly horrifying.
According to Solaris, publishers of the book, “Morgan’s characterisation and dialogue sparkle in a novel that is both heart-breaking and thrilling, and introducing an exciting new voice into urban fantasy and a fresh take on the eternal battle between the forces of good and evil.”
“It’s always a pleasure to encounter a new author with such a strong and distinctive voice and to now bring Lou to a wider audience is a real privilege,” said Jonathan Oliver, editor-in-chief of Solaris.
“Blood & Feathers is a stunning debut that manages to be thrilling and frightening as well as utterly heart-breaking. I’m sure that this is just the start of a glittering career in genre for Lou.”
“What’s the first thing you think of when I say ‘angel’?” asked Mallory. Alice shrugged. “I don’t know… guns?” Alice isn’t having the best of days – late for work, missed her bus, and now she’s getting rained on – but it’s about to get worse.
The war between the angels and the Fallen is escalating and innocent civilians are getting caught in the cross-fire. If the balance is to be restored, the angels must act – or risk the Fallen taking control. Forever. That’s where Alice comes in.
Hunted by the Fallen and guided by Mallory – a disgraced angel with a drinking problem he doesn’t want to cure – Alice will learn the truth about her own history… and why the angels want to send her to hell.
What do the Fallen want from her? How does Mallory know so much about her past? What is it the angels are hiding – and can she trust either side? Caught between the power plays of the angels and Lucifer himself, it isn’t just hell’s demons that Alice will have to defeat…
About the author:
Lou Morgan’s first short story was published by the British Fantasy Society in 2008, and her work has since appeared in venues including Hub Magazine and the Pandemonium: Stories of the Apocalypse anthology.
Born in Wales, she now lives with her husband and son in Brighton, placing her firmly on the front line in the event of a mutant-squid attack. This is not something she likes to think about. Blood and Feathers is her first novel.
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