Black City Saint by Richard A Knaak – Out 1st March 2016
“For more than sixteen hundred years, Nick Medea has followed and guarded the Gate that keeps the mortal realm and that of Feirie separate, seeking in vain absolution for the fatal errors he made when he slew the dragon. All that while, he has tried and failed to keep the woman he loves from dying over and over.
Yet in the fifty years since the Night the Dragon Breathed over the city of Chicago, the Gate has not only remained fixed, but open to the trespasses of the Wyld, the darkest of the Feiriefolk. Not only does that mean an evil resurrected from Nick’s own past, but the reincarnation of his lost Cleolinda, a reincarnation destined once more to die.
Nick must turn inward to that which he distrusts the most: the Dragon, the beast he slew when he was still only Saint George. He must turn to the monster residing in him, now a part of him…but ever seeking escape.
The gang war brewing between Prohibition bootleggers may be the least of his concerns. If Nick cannot prevent an old evil from opening the way between realms…then not only might Chicago face a fate worse than the Great Fire, but so will the rest of the mortal realm.”
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) of Black City Saint a while back, off Richard himself. Lovely chap, I’ve read his stories for as long as I’ve been reading. In fact, his Legend of Huma, a Dragonlance novel, was the first book I read as a teenager (outside the school reading lists) and also the only book I’ve ever read twice!
Richard has written for Dragonlance, as mentioned above, as well as for World of Warcraft. He’s written quite the list of works in fact, the latest of which you’ll be able to find on his website: here.
I’m currently reading Black City Saint – among other things, as you’ll see by my Goodreads link on this site. I love the historical feel of the story, along with the mystery, almost detective feel. It’s far from the urban fantasies I’ve tried and failed to finish in the past, because Richard has injected a lot of Chicago’s history into the story, creating a fascinating background before the fantasy elements even come into it. The whole premise behind the protagonist and his… closest companion plays out very well thus far and I cannot wait to see how it pans out.
For those of you who’ve read Richard’s stories before, you’ll know the level of detail he puts into them. For those of you who haven’t, then now is your chance! Start here, you won’t regret it: Black City Saint.
Let me know what you think when you have read it and be sure to leave a review, it means the world to us authors to see what readers think.