Last year Jen Williams completed her debut fantasy trilogy (The Copper Cat), marking the last of the adventures from Wydrin, Seb and Frith. A wonderful trilogy, that I highly recommend. On my knees tweeting I was lucky enough to get an early copy of Jen’s new novel ‘The Ninth Rain’.
Jen has a style of writing that should appeal to many readers of fantasy and similar genres. Classical fantasy traditions of the past are not forgotten but embraced as a foundation to build upon. Take this familiar comforting troupe adventure and distort it with a smorgasbord of geek cult and modern trends and you will have an idea about what to expect.
An unlikely trio form in an attempt to uncover the secrets of the once magical ‘Ygseril’ tree and the Worm People ‘Jure’lia’, both of which ceased during the Eighth Rain battle. The main characters Lady Vincenza, a determined but charming explorer, who even in the face of danger always remembers her manners. Tormalin, a tall handsome Eboran who has fled his desolate and diseased city for a better life, needs blood for survival but is very talented in the art of seduction. Noon, a fell-witch with magical powers who is seen as an evil abomination and has spent her life being locked up and purged daily by the faith.
The great city of Ebora once glittered with gold. Now its streets are stalked by wolves. Tormalin the Oathless has no taste for sitting around waiting to die while the realm of his storied ancestors falls to pieces – talk about a guilt trip. Better to be amongst the living, where there are taverns full of women and wine.
When eccentric explorer, Lady Vincenza ‘Vintage’ de Grazon, offers him employment, he sees an easy way out. Even when they are joined by a fugitive witch with a tendency to set things on fire, the prospect of facing down monsters and retrieving ancient artefacts is preferable to the abomination he left behind.
But not everyone is willing to let the Eboran empire collapse, and the adventurers are quickly drawn into a tangled conspiracy of magic and war. For the Jure’lia are coming, and the Ninth Rain must fall…
Written with vivid imagination The Ninth Rain is a wild adventure with just the right balance of horror, sci-fi, fantasy and witty banter. 🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄