Our September titles are almost here (so close, you can almost taste ’em), which means that before too long you’ll be able to rush to your favourite bookstore (or click around on your favourite online retailer’s website) and buy multiple copies of The Corpse-Rat King by Lee Battersby, Seven Wonders by Adam Christopher and Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig, then run around handing them out to family and friends like they were toffees.
In the meantime, to whet your appetite to razor-keenness and get all those anticipatory juices flowing, here are a stack of butter-and-syrup-drenched sample chapters for your to drool over. Enjoy!
The Corpse-Rat King
by Lee Battersby
Marius don Hellespont and his apprentice, Gerd, are professional looters of battlefields. When they stumble upon the corpse of the King of Scorby and Gerd is killed, Marius is mistaken for the monarch by one of the dead soldiers and is transported down to the Kingdom of the Dead.
Just like the living citizens, the dead need a King — after all, the King is God’s representative, and someone needs to remind God where they are.
And so it comes to pass that Marius is banished to the surface with one message: if he wants to recover his life he must find the dead a King. Which he fully intends to do.
Just as soon as he stops running away.
Tony Prosdocimi lives in the bustling Metropolis of San Ventura – a city gripped in fear, a city under siege by the hooded supervillain, The Cowl.
When Tony develops super-powers and acts to take down The Cowl, however, he finds that the local superhero team Seven Wonders aren’t as grateful as he assumed they’d be…
Miriam is trying to keep her ability – her curse – in check.
But when Miriam touches a woman in line at the supermarket, she sees that the woman will be killed here, now.
She reacts, and begins a new chapter in her life – one which can never be expected to go well.