There's power in stories.
But power can be deadly.
Detective Cora Gorderheim is a detective no longer. Stripped of her badge by the corrupt chief inspector, Cora's job now is to protect her sister, Ruth, the new Wayward storyteller.
Ruth must tell her tale of the Tear widening if people are to know the truth of what's happening in the Union of Realms. But Lowlander Chambers Morton wants the Wayward to change their election story, and will stop at nothing to achieve this – including murder.
Keeping Ruth alive in Fenest is hard enough, but when the sisters set sail for West Perlanse the dangers come thick and fast. And slowly Cora realises she must make a terrible choice: her sister's life, or the future of the Union.
'Melding noir with the fantasy genre, this is a rather clever read, one which feels especially prescient for our reality' SCIFINOW
'Melding noir with the fantasy genre, this is a rather clever read, one which feels especially prescient for our reality' SciFiNow.
'Like a Philip Pullman rendition of Cloud Atlas. Widow's Welcome is an irresistibly thrilling introduction to a world of stories within stories – and I can't wait for more' Tim Major.
'There is more than meets the eye in this gripping and inventive debut ... Rife with intrigue, deceit and cultural tension' James Aitcheson.
'It's rare to find such a richly imagined world about the art of myth and storytelling' Christopher Fowler.
'If you love storytelling, you'll love this' Simon Morden.