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Dead of Veridon (Burn Cycle) by Tim Akers
Solaris Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781907519475
Date: 09 June 2011 List Price 7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

US author Tim Akers is a writer to watch - his Horns of Ruin (published by Pyr last year) impressed me greatly as did his previous novel Heart of Veridon, a steampunky adventure fantasy published by Solaris and set in a world that Akers had long been developing in a series of shorter works. Alas that Solaris book seemed to get a little lost, as it was released around the time the imprint got canned by owners Black Library and before its resurrection as an imprint of Rebellion. The new regime now published the follow-up, Dead of Veridon and fingers crossed it will fare better. It - and Akers - certainly deserve to.

"Trouble finds Jacob Burn: kicked out of his house, out of his comfortable life out of everything that is familiar even turned away from his circle of criminal friends and interesting enemies. Two years after he saved an ungrateful city from a mad angel, thwarting the plans of every powerful faction in Veridon, Jacob is still trying to pull his life together. And still trouble finds him. A bad job goes worse, and soon old enemies present themselves as allies, and former friends set themselves against Jacob as he tries to put the dead to rest and the living to justice. Things gets even harder when hes appointed by the Council to investigate the rise of the cog-dead, while some hold him personally accountable, and others in the city work to use the chaos to their advantage."

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