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With Beyond The Pale Mark Anthony has made one of the most striking and accomplished fantasy debuts in recent years. This is a big and ambitious novel, and yet only the first part of an even bigger and more ambitious series. Reality is crumbling in Castle City and the dead walk in Denver, while from the very first page, when "Brother Cy's Apocalyptic Travelling Salvation Show" blows into town late one fall night, Anthony tips his hand that we are in the classic American shadowlands of Ray Bradbury's The October Country. Travis Wilder, a bar owner, and Grace Beckett, a doctor and Wilder's friend, find themselves amid increasingly bizarre and fantastical events, crossing over to the parallel reality of Eldh, a world of magic and deadly conflict. Here they will become involved with The Council of Kings, journey to The Rune Gate...and enter a web of conspiracy and dark magic at the heart of the ancient fight between the forces of good and nightmarish evil.
With his engaging and compulsively readable style, Mark Anthony is comparable to Stephen King, while his dark and complex parallel world will appeal to readers of Stephen Donaldson's The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever and Clive Barker's Imajica. This is a gripping, intense and highly imaginative first novel with a real sense of danger about the adventure, well-drawn characters to care about, and more than one ingenious twist in the skilfully plotted tale. --Gary S. Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An exciting, wonderful time travelling, parallel worlds crossing fantasy.
I did not get it from Amazon, it was a discarded library book on sale for 20p. Read more