I am thrilled to be kicking off the blog tour for book two of the Sooty Feathers series, Lord of the Hunt, by David Craig. Many thanks to David for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to join the tour.
Death rides the blood of a pale horse
Undead prowl the streets of Glasgow at night hunting for blood. They, in turn, are hunted by the formidable Lady Delaney and her apprentice Kerry Knox, whose fight against the secret society ruling Glasgow will lead them into the city’s industrial heart where the poor toil in miserable conditions. Children have been exploited in mills and factories for decades, but the Sooty Feather Society has refined its cruel disregard in service to the undead.
Delaney and Knox are not the society’s only problem. The elusive demon Arakiel employs murder and necromancy in his campaign to seize control of Glasgow, avenging betrayal and reclaiming what was once his.
Wilton Hunt and Tam Foley are lying low in the Highlands where Hunt’s father has recently inherited title and estate. The blue skies and clear waters of Loch Aline may seem a tranquil sanctuary to the city men, but its forbidding forests and shadowed glens conceal dark secrets pertaining to Hunt’s family, and a diabolical revelation will change Wilton’s life forever.
Demons walk the crowded, cobbled streets of Glasgow, and a necromancer’s debt is called in. Knox will learn what joining this war might cost her; Hunt and Foley will learn they can’t escape it. Their diverged paths will meet again when dark magic unleashes a horror not everyone will survive…
Having read and enjoyed Resurrection Men, the first Sooty Feather book, I was interested to see what David Craig had in store for both the heroes and villains in the series and was excited to pick up Lord of the Hunt. For those uninitiated in the world of the undead, there is a helpful glossary at the beginning of the book to help you keep track of what’s what – and believe me, there are a fair few creatures, demons and magicians to get to know.
David Craig’s vivid imagery brings the various landscapes to life in glorious technicolour, from the rugged Highlands to the streets of Glasgow. I have only ever made a flying visit to Scotland once, but reading Lord of the Hunt, I could picture everything so clearly.
I loved seeing familiar faces, both alive and undead, from book one. Lady Delaney and Miss Knox make quite the formidable double act, and Foley and Hunt’s friendship is really endearing. Given their recent experience with the paranormal, it amused me greatly that I could see the writing on the wall for Foley long before he and Hunt did. However, there is plenty in this book that I didn’t see coming at all, which made to surprises in almost every chapter.
Lord of the Hunt was a slower read for me than Resurrection Men, but it was worth the wait as all the separate storylines that had been building throughout the book converged to a dramatic and bloody conclusion. The last minute revelations left me eager to read the next book in the series.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Aside from three months living on an oil tanker sailing back and forth between America and Africa, and two years living in a pub, David Craig grew up on the west coast of Scotland. He studied Software Engineering at university, but lost interest in the subject after (and admittedly prior to) graduation. He currently works as a workforce planning analyst for a public service organisation, and lives near Glasgow with his wife, daughter and two rabbits.
Being a published writer had been a life-long dream, and one that he was delighted to finally realise with his debut novel, Resurrection Men, the first in the Sooty Feathers series, published by Elsewhen Press in 2018. Thorns of a Black Rose was David’s second novel, also published by Elsewhen Press. He returns to the Sooty Feathers series with Lord of the Hunt.
Don’t forget to have a look at the other blogs on the tour to find out more about Lord of the Hunt.