The final instalment of D A Nelson‘s brilliant DarkIsletrilogy is now available as an ebook as well as in paperback. Inspired by a huge stone dragon in Irvine, on the west coast of Scotland, this series has captured the imagination of readers around the world with its combination of fantasy, adventure and humour.
If you haven’t read any of the series yet, our advice is this: before you start, tell your friends (and even your family!) you’ve gone on holiday for a few weeks, to somewhere you can’t be reached, not even by carrier pigeon. Because you will become hooked on these books. And then the last thing you’ll want is interruptions.
The eISBN (that book’s unique identifier) is 9781905537648. Just search for that if you have any problems.
We don’t normally post full media releases here, but Kirkland is always good for a quote. Plus, this way you can find out what’s next from him. It has an extraordinary title! (More details will follow soon.)
The Catalyst Book Award is voted for by the pupils of North Lanarkshire’s secondary schools.
Conjuring The Infinite tells the story of the dazzling and outwardly faultless Seth Kevorkian. No ordinary teenager, Seth’s fixation with an ethereal power has driven him to terrible acts against those closest to him.
But now the Eyes of the Sky have opened; and the story begins with Seth’s funeral. Have his antics driven someone to take revenge? Can his housemates trust each other? And why is the rain seething with life?
Commenting on winning the award, Kirkland said, “This feels amazing. Over the last few weeks I’ve spent hours posing gracefully in my roller skates with pretend Catalyst Book Award trophies – it was a box of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes the other day – just in case. And now it turns out that my practising wasn’t in vain. I’m thrilled.
“A huge thank you to all the teenagers around North Lanarkshire, so many of whom voted for me, and also to all the school librarians who allowed me to appear in person.”
Strident Publishing’s Keith Charters, says, “I was knocked out by the manuscript – the story is deviously clever and intriguing, and kept me on tenterhooks right to the last page. But what makes this book is that Kirkland tells the tale as only he could, in an accessible – sometimes outrageous – satirical style. He’s really funny in person and that comes through strongly in his writing.”
Kirkland’s second novel will hit the shelves in late October. “It has a short title, but the subtitle is everything,” he says. “Endless Empress: A Mass Murderer’s Guide to Dictatorship in the Fictional Nation of Enkadar. It features nurses smuggling potatoes, as well as evil unicorns, mass murder and bingo. Though not necessarily in that order.”
If you don’t know the story, it starts with Lee’s appendix exploding. Ouch! They say all first novels are partly autobiographical (you’ll get a lot of points for that word in Scrabble)…from which you can guess that Keith Charters‘ appendix once also went BANG. The (amazing and weird) things that inspire authors!