Belimai Sykes is many things: a Prodigal, the descendant of ancient demons, a creature of dark temptations and rare powers. He isalso a man with a brutal past and a dangerous addiction.
And Belimai Sykes is the only man Captain William Harper can turn to when faced with a series of grisly murders.
But Mr. Sykes does not work for free and the price of Belimai’s company will cost Captain Harper far more than his reputation.
From the ornate mansions of noblemen, where vivisection and sorcery are hidden beneath a veneer of gold, to the steaming slums of Hells Below, Captain Harper must fight for justice and for his life.
His enemies are many and his only ally is a devil he knows too well. Such are the dangers of dealing with the wicked.
I am very excited about this book. It opens up with an observation of mating fireflies that is, by far, one of the best openings to a novel I have ever read. I have finished the first chapter and Sykes has been engaged by Captain Harper to do some investigation. I am excited to learn about Prodigals and Hells Below. YAY! New book!
Update, 12/27/2009: OK! So far, so interesting. Hale tosses you into this world with very little explanation as to what’s going on but the information comes bit by bit and in rather interesting explanations. I will warn you, however, that Hale writes gay fiction and this book is no exception. Hale’s particular literary penchant becomes evident within the first few chapters, rather like Emma Donoghue’s Slammerkin, Kiss the Witch (fabulous set of rewritten fairy tales), and Life Mask. Different but enjoyable thus far.
UPDATE, 1/29/2010: So, a few nights ago, Belimai engaged in quite a bit of reverie which helped to explain his background and history as a Prodigal, well as explaining why he can fly. We also were introduced to another young Prodigal and the existence of the Good Commons. Good! Things are starting to pull together. 🙂
I’ve been reading this one off and on. It’s mostly a bedside-table book for now. I have others that travel with me currently. However, I will still keep reading it; it is interesting after all and one doesn’t leave interesting things to languish on a table forever. 🙂