By Alan Campbell
(Spectra, Hardcover, 9780553384161, 432pp.)
Publication Date: December 26, 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback
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Suspended by chains over a seemingly bottomless abyss, the ancient city of Deepgate is home to a young angel, an assassin, and a psychotic murderer hungry for revenge—or redemption. But soon a shocking betrayal will unite all three in a desperate quest....
The last of his line, Dill is descended from legendary Battle-archons who once defended the city. Forbidden to fly and untrained even to wield the great sword inherited from his forebears, he has become a figurehead for a dying tradition. Now he lives a sheltered existence in one of Deepgate’s crumbling temple spires under the watchful eye of the Presbyter who rules the city.
Spine assassin Rachel Hael has better things to do than oversee the Presbyter’s angel. Each dark moon she must fight for her life among the city chains, hunting an immortal predator with a taste for blood.
But when a traitor brings enemies to Deepgate’s doorstep, Dill and Rachel are forced into an uneasy alliance with the city’s oldest and most dangerous foe. They must journey down into the uncharted chasm to save their sprawling metropolis—and themselves—from annihilation. Once they descend however, they learn that what lies below is far more sinister than what they’ve been taught to expect.
Alan Campbell was a designer and programmer for the internationally bestselling video game series Grand Theft Auto. Scar Night is his first novel.
“Campbell’s debut may appeal most to those who like novels in the manner of Dickens ... whose highly evocative ... memorable style Campbell’s recalls.”—Booklist
“[A] stunning debut…. Campbell has Neil Gaiman's gift for lushly dark stories and compelling antiheroes.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A chain-wrapped industrial city so real you can feel the iron and smell the fumes—and a violent tale told in murderously beautiful prose."—Sharon Shinn, author of Archangel
"Vividly imagined, visceral and intensely involving...a stunning debut. I can’t wait to see what follows in the next volume."—Sarah Ash, author of the Tears of Artamon series
“With undead armies, psychotic angels and exploding airships, Scar Night is a gripping, ripping yarn which rattles along at a great pace. Tether all that to the knock-out image at the heart of the novel—Deepgate, a Gothic city built on a network of chains over a great abyss—and you have urban fantasy at its best.”—Hal Duncan, author of Vellum