Meet Zadkiel

She could tell he was one of the Archangels, just by looking at him. Something about the way he held his head; about the way he folded his arms across his chest – and looked utterly unfazed by everything happening around him. Admittedly, the sword hanging from his waist and the glowing sigil on his wrist helped.

The symbol was familiar, but even if that hadn’t given him away, the scent that hung around him, cutting through the smoke, probably would have done. He smelled like cut grass and tomato leaves, like old books and poster paint, like tarmac baking in the sun. He smelled like the past, like childhood. Like memories.

She was standing in front of Zadkiel.

Meet Murmur

A tattoo covered the entire lower half of his face: twisting blue lines which seemed to writhe across his skin… and as she watched, one of the tattoos peeled away from his face, reaching towards her.

Too late to turn back now.

The tattooed Fallen threw back his head and let out a howl that sounded more animal than man, and the stand-off was broken.

Meet Adriel

Every one of those names is a life. A life now lost. Some of these souls had none to mourn them, none to remember them. None but me. It is my privilege to do so, just as it was my privilege to care for them in death. These names matter. These ledgers matter.

I will not see them taken lightly.

British Fantasy Award nominations

I’m incredibly pleased to be able to say that BLOOD AND FEATHERS has been shortlisted in two categories of this year’s British Fantasy Awards: for the Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer, and for the Robert Holdstock Award for Best Fantasy Novel.

I’m stunned and delighted – and my thanks to everyone who included the book on their list of nominees (the BFA shortlists are nominated by members of the British Fantasy Society and the previous year’s FantasyCon) and to everyone at Solaris. It’s a weird feeling – but a wonderful one.

The REBELLION playlist

As promised: the full BLOOD AND FEATHERS: REBELLION playlist…

 

Bleed it Out – Linkin Park

My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark – Fall Out Boy

Iron – Woodkid

In My Remains – Linkin Park

Devil’s Choir – Black Veil Brides

Hell Above – Pierce the Veil

Professional Griefers – Deadmau5 feat. Gerard Way

iLL Manors – Plan B

Titanium – David Guetta feat. Sia

Finale (Original Mix) – Madeon

Edge of the Earth – 30 Seconds to Mars

Unknown Soldier – Breaking Benjamin

21 Guns – Green Day

Like A Dog Chasing Cars – Hans Zimmer

My Body is a Cage – Peter Gabriel

Skyfall – Adele

Jar of Hearts – Christina Perri

First Responder – Michael Wandmacher

Razors.Out – Mike Shinoda & Chino Moreno

P5hng Me A*Way – Linkin Park

 

Once again, the fantastic Paul (@pablocheesecake / The Eloquent Page) has been kind enough to compile a Spotify playlist of the tracks, because he’s brilliant: you can find it here.

REBELLION extract

The Bookwhales have put REBELLION under their spotlight, and are also hosting an exclusive extract from the book. Head on over to their site to meet the Archangel Zadkiel and catch a first glimpse of No Man’s Land…

 

Zadkiel frowned, closing his eyes, and the lines on his face deepened. “The things these people remember, Michael. The things they’ve seen. The Fallen aren’t running. They’re taunting us. The war’s not over, it just escalated. I didn’t even know that was possible! They’re not content with the scraps any longer. They want it all. And we’ve made sure that they have absolutely nothing to lose.”

REBELLION launch!

Thanks to the fantastic teams at Solaris and Forbidden Planet, we’ll be launching BLOOD AND FEATHERS: REBELLION at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Thursday June 27th, from 6pm. There’s also a Facebook page for the event here.

I’ll be signing, as well as doing a reading and answering any questions, so do come along and say hello!

If you can’t make the event, you can pre-order signed copies through Forbidden Planet and I’ll sign them on the night.