On frost-covered streets beneath the northern lights, an outcast guerrilla artist and a drug-addicted sorcerer will start a revolution.
A striking Icelandic debut set on Reykjavik's frosted streets, in a world where wild and industrialised magic meet.
Perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere and China Mieville's The City & The City.
S mundur, a drug-addicted student of magic, has been expelled from the university. Obsessed with proving his teachers wrong, he will stop at nothing to gain absolute power over the craft of galdur. Especially elements which have been long forbidden.
Garun is an outcast: half-human, half-huldufolk. Part of both groups but accepted by neither, her very existence is a violation of dimensional boundaries. That won't stop her fighting for her dream of a just society, even if she has to do it with no more than her graffiti cans.
This is a tale of revolution set in a twisted Reykjavik, fuelled by industrialised magic. In a world populated by humans, monsters, psychoactive graffiti and demonic familiars, the times will soon be changing . . .
A marvellous, quirky, original fantasy - Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat and The Gospel of Loki
A masterfully crafted dark tale . . . one of the most ambitious, intense, original and thrilling debuts I've read in a long time - Grimdark Magazine
Fresh and exciting: full of dark, demonic, revolutionary shenanigans - Peter Newman, author of The Vagrant
A pacy, racy read . . . it will bring an icy chill to your summer reading - Starburst
Norse mythology like you've never seen it before, set in a Reykjavik that you never knew existed - Shadows of the Short Days is a new breed of fantasy - Edward Cox, author of The Song of the Sycamore
Alexander Dan Vilhjalmsson is an Icelandic author who lives in Reykjavik. He writes in both Icelandic and English and is the founder and editor of Iceland's first SFF magazine, Furousogur (Weird Stories). Alexander is also the vocalist and lyricist for Icelandic black metal band Carpe Noctem.