Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Waiting On Wednesday - The Demon Collector by Jon Mayhew

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

From Amazon

In the time before time, Satan ruled the molten Earth, worshipped by his demons. One demon turned against him and imprisoned Satan deep in the bowels of the earth. When Satan escaped, as punishment, the demon's heart was torn from his chest and his body hidden deep in the polar ice. Only Satan knows where he lies. The heart is hidden elsewhere. If the two are brought together, the demon will be reborn and darkness will reign. Edgy Taylor sees demons when nobody else can. Edgy thinks he is insane and expects to be carried off any minute. He is a prime collector, wandering the streets of London collecting dog muck for the tannery. The only thing Edgy is good at is setting and solving riddles, and evading his brutal and abusive master. One night, when his master seems genuinely intent on killing Edgy, Professor Envry Janus intervenes. Envry takes him to the Royal Society of Daemonology where Edgy will now live. It is here, though, that Edgy discovers chance had nothing to do with their meeting, and that he holds the key to a deadly demon prophecy.

Why I'm waiting for it: Mayhew's Mortlock was a deliciously atmospheric Victorian thriller with echoes of Roald Dahl and Philip Pullman and fantastic folk song lyrics of murder and death scattered throughout. A brilliant read which has me interested in anything he does from now on. The plot to this one sounds amazing and I can't wait to get my hands on it.

If you like the sound of it, I'm reviewing it for the Bookbag so it will be up there probably extremely quickly after I get my hands on it - and there's an interview with Jon Mayhew himself coming up fairly soon on this very blog!

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