Former car thief Ray Lilly is now the expendable grunt of a sorcerer responsible for destroying extradimensional predators summoned to our world by power-hungry magicians. Luckily, Ray has some magic of his own, and so far it’s kept him alive. But when a friend from his former gang calls him back to his old stomping grounds in Los Angeles, Ray may have to face a threat even he can’t handle. A mysterious spell is killing Ray’s former associates, and they blame him. Worse yet, the spell was cast by Wally King, the sorcerer who first dragged Ray into the brutal world of the Twenty Palace Society. Now Ray will have to choose between the ties of the past and the responsibilities of the present, as he and the Society face not only Wally King but a bizarre new predator.
About the Author
Harry Connolly spent two years writing his first novel, Child of Fire. He has held a variety of jobs in the past, from customer service to landscaping to stay-at-home dad. He lives in Seattle.
“Connolly's books are startlingly original and suspenseful, and I recommend them all highly.”—Charlaine Harris
“An edge-of-the-seat read! Ray Lilly is the new high-water mark of paranormal noir.” —Charles Stross, author of Rule 34
“Excellent reading . . . delicious tension and suspense.”—Jim Butcher, author of The Dresden Files, on Child of Fire
“Connolly doesn’t shy away from tackling big philosophical issues . . . amid gory action scenes and plenty of rapid-fire sardonic dialogue.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review), on Game of Cages
“This has become one of my must-read series.”—Locus