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Ordinary Monsters: (The Talents Series - Book 1) J M Miro 9781526650078

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* THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER * 'An enthralling read' GUARDIAN 'A thrilling blend of fantasy and horror, richly imagined and masterfully executed' SFX 'Terrific . . . A book that creeps up on you, wearing brass knuckles' CONN IGGULDEN _______________ The first in a captivating new historical fantasy series, ORDINARY MONSTERS introduces the Talents with a catastrophic vision of the Victorian world, and the gifted, broken children who must save it. There in the shadows was a figure in a cloak, at the bottom of the cobblestone stair, and it turned and stared up at them as still and unmoving as a pillar of darkness, but it had no face, only smoke . . . 1882. North of Edinburgh, on the edge of an isolated loch, lies an institution of crumbling stone, where a strange doctor collects orphans with unusual abilities. In London, two children with such powers are hunted by a figure of darkness - a man made of smoke. Charlie Ovid discovers a gift for healing himself through a brutal upbringing in Mississippi, while Marlowe, a foundling from a railway freight, glows with a strange bluish light. When two grizzled detectives are recruited to escort them north to safety, they are confronted by a sinister, dangerous force that threatens to upend the world as they know it. What follows is a journey from the gaslit streets of London to the lochs of Scotland, where other gifted children - the Talents - have been gathered at Cairndale Institute, and the realms of the dead and the living collide. As secrets within the Institute unfurl, Marlowe, Charlie and the rest of the Talents will discover the truth about their abilities and the nature of the force that is stalking them: that the worst monsters sometimes come bearing the sweetest gifts. _______________ 'A dazzling mountain of wild invention, Dickensian eccentrics, supernatural horrors and gripping suspense' JOE HILL 'Expansive in scope and storytelling, Ordinary Monsters builds an electrifying Victorian world' CARI THOMAS J.M. Miro's book 'Ordinary Monsters' was a #5 Sunday Times bestseller w/e 04-06-2022.

A fierce and magical modern classic from a new master of historical fantasy: instant bestseller Ordinary Monsters is a dark and thrilling modern classic full of intrigue and power...

About the Author
J.M. Miro is the pseudonymous author of Ordinary Monsters, the first book in the Talents series. He lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest.

Ordinary Monsters is a towering achievement: a dazzling mountain of wild invention, Dickensian eccentrics, supernatural horrors, and gripping suspense. Be warned... once you step into this penny dreadful to end all penny dreadfuls, you'll never want to leave -- Joe Hill, #1 New York Times bestselling author of HEART-SHAPED BOX
Expansive in scope and storytelling, Ordinary Monsters builds an electrifying Victorian world: grimy but luminous, magical but deadly, with a cast of diverse and gripping characters that feel entirely modern -- Cari Thomas, bestselling author of THREADNEEDLE
Haunting, tense, earth-shattering ... A riveting mix of magic and terror -- Tamora Pierce
Murky as London smog, dark as black pudding, this is a gaslit gothic tour de force . . . The fantasy is so rich and the atmosphere so immersive in this stand-out debut, that it's easy to overlook the crispiness of the writing and the brilliantly propulsive plotting. And while drughrs, litches, keywrasses and orsines make for a wonderful new language of dread, it's the characters that carry the day * Daily Mail *
An engrossing piece of Gothic, Dickensian fantasy, centred around children gifted with magical powers . . . Miro's meaty, detailed execution lends his story weight and depth and commands respect * Financial Times *
A thrilling blend of fantasy and horror, richly imagined and masterfully executed * SFX (starred review) *
A fantasy series so ambitious that it makes The Lord of the Rings look like a stroll in the Shire . . . Spanning the globe and crammed with good versus evil battles and hair's breadth escapes, this book is great fun despite frim subject matter, thanks to J. M. Miro's darkly witty style . . . Remarkably fresh * Daily Express *

Book Information
ISBN 9781526650078
Author J M Miro
Format Paperback
Page Count 672
Imprint Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


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