by Tim Lebbon
Orbit Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841499376
Date: 07 July 2011 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Steven Erikson describes British author Tim Lebbon as "One of the genre's most original and inventive writers" - a sentiment I agree with wholeheartedly. With a Stoker and four British Fantasy awards to his name, Lebbon is in the midst of mining a rich seam of work, whether they be solo efforts or collaborations (most often with Christopher Golden), novels or shorter works.
Given this home-grown talent, Lebbon has ironically hitherto been far more present in the US than he has in the UK, but this imbalance is, it appears, finally being addressed with the British publication by Orbit of Echo City, Lebbon's latest dark fantasy, previously published in the US by Spectra.
"Surrounded by a vast, toxic desert, the inhabitants of labyrinthine Echo City believe there is no other life in their world. Some like it that way, so when a stranger arrives he is anathema to powerful interest groups. But Peer Nadawa found the stranger and she is determined to keep him and the freedom he represents alive. A political exile herself, she calls on her ex-lover Gorham, now leader of their anti-establishment network. Then they recruit the Baker, whose macabre genetic experiments seem close to sorcery. However, while factions prepare for war, an ancient peril is stirring. In the city's depths something deadly is rising, and it will soon reach the levels where men dwell. "