Afternoon everyone. A bit later in the day for me but I’ve had a busy couple of days!! Today I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for Resurrection Men by David Craig, Book 1 in the Sooty Feathers series. A brilliant historical fantasy novel full of supernatural mystery, suspense and magic…..
book blurb & info
Wilton Hunt, a student, and Tam Foley, a laudanum-addicted pharmacist, are pursuing extra-curricular careers as body snatchers, or ‘resurrection men’, under cover of darkness. They exhume a girl’s corpse, only for it to disappear while their backs are turned. Confused and in need of the money the body would have earnt them, they investigate the corpse’s disappearance. They discover that bodies have started to turn up in the area with ripped-out throats and severe loss of blood, although not the one they lost. The police are being encouraged by powerful people to look the other way, and the deaths are going unreported by the press. As Hunt and Foley delve beneath the veneer of respectable society, they find themselves entangled in a dangerous underworld that is protected from scrutiny by the rich and powerful members of the elite but secretive Sooty Feathers Club.
Meanwhile, a mysterious circus arrives in the middle of the night, summoned to help avenge a betrayal two centuries old…
Published by: Elsewhen Press on 31st August 2018
Formats available: Paperback & eBook
Resurrection Men is a fabulous debut from David Craig! Hunt and Foley are digging up corpses for some extra cash; all has been going well until one of the bodies disappears whilst they’re filling the whole. And then murdered bodies start appearing. Keen to understand what happened to the body and feeling somewhat responsible, Hunt and Foley delve into an investigation…..but one that will take them to a place they could never have imagined.
As they get nearer to the truth, they discover a supernatural underworld full of creatures of myth, and they’re putting themselves in danger. But will they uncover the truth? And if so, will they survive it? And who are the members of the Sooty Feathers Club?
This is a fantastic tale of mystery, suspense, treachery, supernatural creatures and battles. The story that unravels is one that I didn’t expect and there were some brilliant and unexpected twists in this….the ending completely surprised me!! The descriptions of 19th century Glasgow were brilliant; as were the descriptive narrative of the people, creatures and scenes.
In terms of the characters, I really liked Hunt and Foley and was completely invested in them. In actual fact, I had strong feelings for the majority of characters (either good or bad!) which really drew me in.
I did find at times that I got confused with what was happening, and feel like this is one of those books where you need to be fully concentrating. I’m sure I missed bits and could probably do with reading this through again (which I’d be more than happy to do!). I think the confusion was because there are quite a lot of characters, and I had to remind myself of which side they were on at times (especially earlier on in the book). This certainly didn’t put me off though, I’m just worried I might have missed bits when my attention swayed.
Overall, I really enjoyed the plot. A fantastic mix of history and supernatural, I’d be really keen to read the rest of the series, especially with the ending!! If you’re a fan of historical fantasy, supernatural, vampires and magic then you will enjoy this, so check it out!
About the author
Aside from three months living on an oil tanker sailing back and forth between America and Africa, and two years living in a pub, David Craig grew up on the west coast of Scotland. He studied Software Engineering at university, but lost interest in the subject after (and admittedly prior to) graduation. He currently works as a strategic workforce planning analyst for a public service contact centre, and lives near Glasgow with his wife, daughter and two rabbits.
Being a published writer had been a life-long dream, and one that he was delighted to finally realise with his debut novel, Resurrection Men, the first in the Sooty Feathers series, published by Elsewhen Press in 2018. Thorns of a Black Rose was David’s second novel, also published by Elsewhen Press. He returns to the Sooty Feathers series with Lord of the Hunt.
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Many thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to David and Elsewhen Press for gifting me with a copy of the book. All views and opinions are my own.
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