An exciting day tomorrow: my third book,?Savage Magic, is out in paperback, and very gorgeous it looks, too.
But that’s not all.
If you buy the paperback and skip to the back, you’ll find an extract from my?next book, which I’ve not mentioned anywhere before now.
It’s called?The Veins of the Earth, and it’s the fourth book featuring Charles Horton, his wife Abigail and the irascible magistrate John Harriott.
The story?begins in the Elizabethan era, with?a bunch of villains rowing up the Thames to break into the house of an infamous man. They are led by a Dutchman with a secret mission: get into the infamous man’s library, and come out with a certain manuscript. A very important?manuscript.
The name of this infamous man is John Dee.
Go forward 200 years, and Charles Horton is in the Drury Lane Theatre with his wife Abigail. They are watching?The Tempest.?It is Horton’s first Shakespeare, and he is mesmerised. But his evening is interrupted by the appearance of a small boy with a message, which he whispers in Horton’s ear as Prospero brings his play to a close.
‘You’re wanted in Wapping,’ says the boy. ‘The Monster’s returned.’
Out next year, from Simon and Schuster.