ABOUT THE BOOK
In a world where magic has gone mainstream, a policewoman and a group of petty criminals are pulled into a heist to find a forbidden book of spells that should never be opened.
A new adventure begins in the world of the Laundry Files.
Dead Lies Dreaming presents a nightmarish vision of a Britain ‘under New Management’, sliding unknowingly towards occult cataclysm . . .
‘Brilliantly disturbing and funny at the same time’ Ben Aaronovitch, on the Laundry Files
‘Stross at the top of his game – which is to say, few do it better’ Kirkus
‘Ferociously enjoyable’ SFX
This is my first Charles Stross book, although it is number ten in the Laundry Files series. I was told, the book could be read, as a stand-alone, and I agree with that. Stross rapidly got all of his character introductions on the table, to begin with, giving me plenty of time to settle into who was who.
The characters are diverse enough to make them all instantly memorable as the story darts between the very different lifestyles of brother and sister, Imp and Eve. Magic, curses, intrigue and dropouts’ make up a fascinating and compelling Peter Pan type story in the most bizarre way.
The story drops back to the childhood of the siblings, the magic and sacrifices that had been taken for granted, as being acceptable. This dark magic had a high price. Imp and Eve couldn’t have been more different than they were. One successful, powerful and confident while the other scraped by illegal means if need be.
There is deception, double and triple crossing, setups, breakups and mending of bridges. If you like your reads with a pinch of tinker bell pixie dust, then this will be right up your street because this is modern, futuristic and fairy tale darkness all rolled into one!
I wish to thank the publisher for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Charles Stross was born in Leeds, England, in 1964. He has worked as a pharmacist, software engineer and freelance journalist, but now writes full time.