The sensational follow up to MONSTROUS HEART; a magical tale of intrigue on dark waters and a love story for the ages. The perfect gothic, gaslamp fantasy – ideal for fans of V.E. Schwab and China Mieville
Since losing her great love to the Queen of the Sainted Isles, Arden must fulfil an impossible promise before she can return home – she must complete the dangerous Rite that will return Jonah’s spirit to the abyssal Court of the Deepwater King.
This sets her off on a journey far out at sea to find believers of the old religion on the oil-slick and mysterious islands beyond the horizon. But such a responsibility will not come without sacrifice, for the Deepwater folk who worship the King require the most desperate payments the soul, and with one man Arden may have to pay the greatest price of all...
Astonishingly original, with world-building to rival the depths of the ocean, McKenna has drawn a rich tale of longing and courage – penning the perfect oceanic steampunk fantasy.
In her own words:
"Welcome, I'm a a science fiction and fantasy writer from Melbourne, Australia, though if pressed I'll also count my childhood in Auckland, New Zealand as part of a biography-worthy background
So, I started writing in my teens, and managed to complete a couple of poorly constructed novels with questionably long word-counts before knuckling down and learning how to write properly... through trial and error, a lot of help, and some diversions into film-making.
Eventually all the words clicked, and I became a "usual suspect" short story writer in the Australian spec-fic scene. But I always wanted to write novels, and after several close calls, near misses and almost-theres my debut dark fantasy