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 in a world where wild and industrialised magic meet.
WELCOME TO REYKJAVIK
Here, people do as they are told. They follow the rules. They stay in line. Citizens are watched over by the flying fortress, and dissidents are vanished deep into the dungeons of the Nine.
A CITY OF WONDROUS POWER
S mundur is a student of magic, hungry for knowledge. Except his dangerous theories have seen him expelled from university. Garun is an outcast artist, rejected by her city simply because of who she is.
A SAFE PLACE FOR EVERYONE
Both want more from the city they call home. Both will fight against the ruthless police, the masked sorcerers, and the powers that have rejected them. Both will risk everything to change Reykjavik forever.
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'A marvellous, quirky, original fantasy' Joanne Harris, bestselling author of The Strawberry Thief
'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 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.