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Release day: Monstrous Heart

1 April 2020

Today is the official release of Monstrous Heart by Claire McKenna (ebook, paperback and hardback, Harper Collins Australia). Here’s the blurb:

Monstrous Heart is a nautical gothic fantasy, a cold-climate mystery set amongst decaying lighthouses, sea-monsters and mystical islands to where cursed lovers have fled…

If you pierce a man’s skin in the great portside city of Clay-Lyonne, all they’ll do is bleed. But the blood of an ignis sanguis can maintain fire—a necessary talent for those signallers and light-keepers in a seafarer’s realm measured by unforgiving ocean and hard tide.

However, Arden Beacon—disgraced, dim-blooded daughter of a fading Ignis family—came into her talent late, and weak. Her last chance at redeeming her genetic misfortunes will only be in duty: tending a remote lighthouse in the wild south country of Fiction. But her only neighbour upon her lonely promontory is the reviled Jonah Riven, a monster caller, hunter and murderer.

Arden has been sent to live on the same promontory as a killer, and it appears, not by accident.

To recover her family’s honour and earn a legitimate future for herself, Arden must survive a season on the edge of the world, in the company of a man she feels dangerously, passionately drawn to, and upon an ocean where the blood of an ignis sanguis is both currency and curse.

Claire dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

This is my re-imagining of an emotionally complex modern fantasy meeting a classic gothic romance, with a dash of dark mystery swirled in. Like my absolutely favourite love stories, I wanted to write about people wounded by former love and loss, but still able to find one another despite everything a fantastical, and magically brutal world inflicts upon them. I’ve always loved fantasy and science fiction, and especially invested with characters who strove and suffered, yet in the end found solace and redemption and love. Fantasy is such a great genre to explore the ‘hugeness and muchness’ of romance against backdrops of epic political and environmental turmoil, and I hope you will enjoy it too!

You can find out more about this book at Claire’s website or buy it from Amazon.

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