Publication: May 1, 2015 • Series: Tourmaline
Fleeing from this devastation, Alison Owens – the last survivor of the raft-island Stray – takes refuge in the city of Carden, where she begins to discover the scope of her abilities as a lucid dreamer in this world on the other side of sleep. Meanwhile, Bobby Jenkins must inflitrate the Hegemony itself to find the secret of how to return to Tourmaline and the woman he loves.
But there are darker forces than the Hegemony in play. The Brood of Lilivet have taken hosts, and they seek to awaken an unspeakable evil which lies neither in Tourmaline, nor the Realt, but the dreaming space between.
After winning a Big Issue short story competition for a 'Modern Midlands Fable', James started work on his debut novel, The Narrows. Tourmaline is his second novel. He works as an English and Media Studies teacher in Worcestershire trying to disprove the idea that 'those who can't, teach'.
There's a natural levity to Tourmaline that brought to mind Neil Gaiman at his most playful ... nestles alongside dark unflinching fantasy violence that wouldn't be out of place in Clive Barker's Books of Blood. Like Christopher Priest, Brogden treats his twin realities as something of a logic puzzle but he isn't afraid to go full cosmic and explore the abstract, at times reminiscent of Gene Wolfe's masterly Book of the New Sun. These are heavyweight comparisons so early in a writer's career; a testament to the kind of talent and imagination on offer here. If you like fantasy and yearn for an intelligent, meaningful new voice, dip your toes into the turquoise waters of Tourmaline.
Publication: May 1, 2015
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