Hekla’s Children reviewed

 

Hekla’s Children by James Brogden. Titan £7.99

Reviewed by Peter Coleborn

Quite simply, I was captivated by this novel almost instantly. I admit that some may think I’m somewhat biased: I’ve known James Brogden for many years and have included some of his short stories in the magazines I edited for the British Fantasy Society, as well as publishing a collection of his finely crafted short stories (Evocations, The Alchemy Press). However, and trust me in this, if I hadn’t enjoyed Hekla’s Children I wouldn’t have read it so quickly and you wouldn’t be reading this review.

Nathan is a teacher who has a simple task, guide four teenagers round Sutton Park as part of the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. Except that he’s too infatuated with Sue and hangs back observing them from a distance. As the children cross a stream and continue trekking, he sees the terrain alter. The stream is now a river, the ground becomes a wooded hill. Yet within moments the real world returns – all except the four kids.

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Alchemy Press book launch

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For those going to FantasyCon by the Sea this year, The Alchemy Press launches two anthologies at noon on Saturday 24 September:

Promises to be a great book launch. Many of the contributors will be in attendance.

 

Ghosts at the Gladstone

Renegade Writers (along with Penkhull Press and The Alchemy Press) is hosting an afternoon of ghost and spooky stories at the Gladstone Museum, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent on 31 October (from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm). The event is free but you will need to reserve tickets.

Put it in your diary now!

 

New Books

 

  • Joe Abercrombie – Half a War – Harper £12.99
  • Trevor Baxendale – Doctor Who: Deep Time – BBC £6.99
  • Bradley Beaulieu – Twelve Kings – Gollancz £16.99
  • Jim Butcher – Skin Game – Orbit £8.99
  • Ernest Cline – Armada – Century £16.99
  • Joshua Gaylord – When We were Animals – Del Rey £12.99
  • Laurell K Hamilton – Dead Ice – Headline £ 19.99
  • Robin Hobb – Fool’s Assassin – Harper £8.99
  • Robin Hobb – Fool’s Quest – Harper £20
  • Mark Hodder – The Return of the Discontinued Man – Del Rey £8.99
  • Andrew Michael Hurley – The Loney – John Murray £14.99
  • Erika Johansen – The Invasion of the Tearling – Bantam £14.99
  • James Brogden — Evocations — The Alchemy Press £10.99
  • Jasper Kent – The Last Rite – Bantam £7.99
  • Dean Koontz – Saint Odd – Harper £7.99
  • Mark Lawrence – The Liar’s Key – Harper £14.99
  • Una McCormack – Doctor Who: Royal Blood – BBC £6.99
  • Alexander Maskill – The Hive Construct – Corgi £7.99
  • Weston Ochse – grunt Traitor – Solaris £7.99
  • Seth Patrick – Lost Souls – Pan Macmillan £7.99
  • Gary Russell – Doctor Who: Big Bang Generation – BBC £6.99
  • Yrsa Sigurdardottir – The Undesired – Hodder £14.99 (October)

 

New and forthcoming books

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  • Joe Abercrombie – Half the World – Harper £8.99
  • James Brogden — Evocations — The Alchemy Press £10.99
  • Mike Brooks – Dark Run – Del Rey £8.99
  • Eric Brown & Una McCormack – The Baba Yaga – Abaddon £7.99
  • Edgar Cantero – The Supernatural Enhancements – Del Rey £8.99
  • Ernest Cline – Armada – Century £16.99 (16 July)
  • Emily Gee – The Blood Curse – Solaris £7.99
  • Christopher Golden – Star Wars: Dark Disciple – Century £19.99
  • Terry Goodkind – The Law of Nines – Harper £8.99
  • Laurell K Hamilton – Dead Ice – Headline £19.99
  • Andrew Michael Hurley – The Loney – John Murray £12.99 (August)
  • Dave Hutchinson – Europe at Midnight – Solaris £7.99 (November)
  • Paul Kane — Monsters — The Alchemy Press £10.99
  • Drew Karpyshyn – The Scorched Earth – Del Rey £8.99
  • Alex Lamb – Roboteer – Gollancz £14.99 (16 July)
  • Mark Lawrence – The Liar’s Key – Harper £14.99
  • James Luceno – Star Wars: Tarkin – Arrow £8.99
  • KM McKinley – The Iron Ship – Solaris £7.99
  • George Mann – Doctor Who: Engines of War – BBC £7.99
  • Gail Z Martin & Larry N Martin – Iron & Blood – Solaris £7.99
  • George RR Martin, Daniel Abraham & Tommy Patteron – A Game of Thrones (graphic novel volume 4) – Harper £14.99
  • China Mieville – Three Moments of an Explosion – Picador £18.99
  • Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter – The Long Utopia – Doubleday £18.99
  • Jonathan Strahan (ed) – The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year (volume 9) – Solaris £13.99
  • Sabaa Tahir – An Ember in the Ashes – Harper £12.99
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky – Children of Time – Tor £18.99
  • JRR Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien – Beowulf – Harper £10.99
  • JRR Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien – The Fall of Arthur – Harper £8.99

 

 

New and forthcoming books

  • Douglas Adams & James Goss – Doctor Who: City of Death – BBC Books £16.99
  • Guy Adams – A Few Words for the Dead – Del Rey £8.99
  • Clive Barker – The Scarlet Gospels – Macmillan £18.99
  • Lauren Beukes – Broken Monsters – Harper £7.99
  • Peter V Brett – The Skull Throne – Harper £18.99
  • Charlaine Harris – Day Shift – Gollancz £18.99
  • Paul S Kemp – Star Wars: Lords of the Sith – Century £19.99
  • Mark Lawrence – Prince of Fools – Harper £8.99
  • George RR Martin & Lisa Tuttle – Windhaven – Gollancz £16.99
  • John Jackson Miller – Star Wars: A New Dawn – Arrow £8.99
  • Peter Newman – The Vagrant – Harper £14.99
  • Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter – The Long Utopia – Doubleday £18.99 (June)
  • Alastair Reynolds – Poseidon’s Wake –Gollancz £18.99
  • Justin Richards – The Blood Red City – Del Rey £8.99
  • Andrzej Sapkowski – Sword of Destiny – Gollancz £16.99
  • Liesel Schwarz – Sky Pirates – Del Rey £8.99
  • Tad Williams – Sleeping Late on Judgement Day – Hodder £8.99