Called to duty at last, Lieutenant John Nevis faces his assignment with trepidation. Boarding the USS Nicodemus – a sloop of war built in a single night at the top of the world – Nevis wonders uneasily at its strange aura of power, its cannonballs of virgin brass... and its uncanny ability to glide swiftly through the waters without steam or sail. As great armies clash all around them, the mission of Lieutenant Nevis and the Nicodemus crew is shrouded in an impenetrable gray mist of magic and malevolence. For a fearsome adversary awaits on roiling waves – an awesomely powerful vessel fueled by cruelty and terror; a demon raider driven by an insatiable lust... for blood.
James D. Macdonald (born 1954) is an American author and critic who lives in New Hampshire with his wife and frequent collaborator, Dr. Debra Doyle. He works in several genres, concentrating on fantasy, but also writing science fiction, and mystery and media tie-ins.
Photo: Debra Doyle and Jim MacDonald, fantasy and science fiction authors, at Readercon 2007. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.