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Literate, fantastical, magnificently metaphysical and playing for the highest stakes, The Devil's Workshop is an epic adventure in the tradition of Gene Wolfe and John Crowley.
Set in a land modeled on the Caribbean c. 1700, the main plot line is the romance of Tom and Katie Jean, who are parted at the start. During the course of the novel they must find one another, traversing a landscape made perilous by rebellious slaves, blood-thirsty Indians and desperate pirates. The plot is artistic, the authorial voice is pungent and terse, the characters are fleshed-out and three dimensional and the dialogue is lifelike.
The novel is written with a naturalness and felicity of expression throughout. Most importantly, though, it tells of things that matter: true love, the sweet shortness of life and the hopes and regrets with which it's filled. The Devil's Workshop is solemn and dramatic, but also enriched with generous doses of humor and whimsy and pithily epigrammatical.
This is a fantasy you will find impossible to put down. It will appeal to all readers who want to experience an exquisite prose style and an acute sense of comedy combined with the power of creating characters in a few strokes that live in an atmosphere of their own. At the same time, behind the rainbow of wit and sensibility there is a vision of a peculiar nature and a message addressed to the soul. It is a book you will read and reread.
Follow Katie and Tom as they traverse the treacherous roads and reefs of the Coast in their quest to be reunited. Scroll up and Look Inside to start reading the first chapter.
Surreal dreams of love and death
Henry Dark has long believed that the world around him is a thin veil masking the true reality of existence. Strange events start taking place, inducing him to take a trip West with his beloved wife Alice. Their trip leads to the Lagoon of Lost Loves as well as a riddle duel with the King of the Trolls.
Is there such a thing as meaning? Henry asks himself, as he struggles to understand the very words he uses. Is language a Cage of Light that captures meaning, or has the meaning escaped? And does the trip they've taken draw Henry and Alice closer together, or is she to be a sacrifice in his search for the truth?
If you've ever asked yourself, "What is it with all these words and do they have anything to do with meaning?" then this is the book for you. Surreal and absurd, using language to express what can't be expressed with language, Cage of Light will have you wondering if you ever understood anything in the first place.
Scroll back to the top and start your voyage with Henry and Alice. You never know where it'll lead.