It’s a game of cat and mouse, and he’s the mouse.
Pursued by his father’s assassin-butler, British scholar Frank flees to Romania to study the Atlantean technology on nobleman Radu’s land.
Soon the assassin is the least of his problems: attacked by bandits, pursued by an uncanny revenant, badly wounded, he takes shelter in Radu’s castle. But which of his hosts can be trusted? Which are in league with the very devil that pursued him? Frank soon finds he has run head-first into a deadly battle of wills that he may not survive.
Inspired by classic vampire novels, this is best described as Steampunk Dracula meets Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, and forms the first part of an epic three volume story.
“The world in which this story – these stories – take place is coming beautifully into focus, vivid in its colors, exotic, and different in ways that … well, I was going to use the word “fascinated” again. Put it this way instead: It’s a great time, and I can’t wait for more.” – Stewartry
“an enthralling mystery and would be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys a dark narrative with moments of humor.” – Foreword Reviews
“The castle itself is absolutely hair-raisingly scary. These are not your sparkly or nice vampires. These are your old-fashioned predators who see humans as food.” – Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
“The wonder in this book lies entirely with the world-building…It was amazingly intricate and exceptionally believable,” – Magnolia Reviews