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Lady of the Shades by Darren Shan
  

Lady of the Shades

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September 2012 Book of the Month.

Supernatural goings on, dangerous London mobsters and an illicit affair are the heart of this dark, paranormal thriller for adults from the number one bestselling Young Adult author (Cirque Du Freak). Ed Sieveking is an American author looking for inspiration for his next book in London but inadvertently gets involved with the wife of a crime lord - soon his real life is resembling the fictional ones of his books. Full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing, and on the edge of your seat.

Darren Shan on his new book...

"I never meant to be a children’s author. It wasn’t part of the “grand plan” that I had when I was younger, planning to take the book world by storm. I had always enjoyed reading children’s books, and thought I might try to write one at some point, for fun, but I never saw it as a career move.

As a teenager I wrote grisly, morbid books intended for an adult audience. This continued into my early twenties. I was very prolific, writing five or six different books a year. I toyed with different genres and styles, but the one thing all those books had in common was that they were written for adults.

Then Cirque Du Freak came along. The idea of writing a vampire book from a child’s point of view intrigued me, and since the main character was a boy, I decided to aim the story at a younger audience. I enjoyed the experience, and so did millions of readers around the world, and I got happily sidetracked. But I never ditched my adult stories. I knew I would return to that world one day and pick up where I had left off. The question was when.

I’ve chosen to resurrect my adult career now because it seemed like a natural extension of my last few children’s books. The Thin Executioner and my four-book series The Saga of Larten Crepsley were written for children, but were very adult in tone. Having slipped back into that zone, I decided it was time to fully test myself on the adult front again. The first result is Lady of the Shades, a haunting thriller about a writer with a guilty secret. In many ways I’m like Ed, the writer in the book, in that I also have a secret, which I’m going to share with you today: I never meant to be a children’s author…"

If you like Darren Shan you might also like to read books by Tana French, Stephen King and Susan Hill.

Synopsis

Lady of the Shades by Darren Shan

Ed, an American author on the hunt for a story for his next book, arrives in London looking for inspiration. A stranger in a strange city, he's haunted by a deadly secret that refuses to stay buried, and no matter how hard he tries he cannot escape the manifest sins of his past.

What Ed wants is answers, what he finds is something he definitely didn't bargain for: the beautiful and untouchable Andeanna Menderes. Andeanna is a woman who is dangerously bound to one of London's most notorious crime lords, and if they are caught together it could mean death for them both. Ensnared in an illicit affair that can only be conducted in the shadows, Ed's world is turned upside down as a series of shattering revelations blurs the line between what's real and what's not...

About the Author

Darren Shan

Darren Shan is the number one bestselling author of the young adult series Cirque du Freak, The Demonata, The Saga of Larten Crepsley and Zom-B, as well as the standalone books The Thin Executioner and Koyasan. For adults he has written Procession of the Dead, Hell's Horizon and City of the Snakes, collectively known as The City Trilogy.

Shan's books are sold in every continent, in thirty-one languages, and have been bestsellers in countries including America, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and the UAE. His books have also topped the adult bestseller charts in Hungary, Japan and Taiwan. In total, Shan's books have sold over twenty-five million copies worldwide. He lives with his girlfriend in Limerick and London.

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Publication date

30th August 2012

Author

Darren Shan

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Publisher

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback

Categories

Action Adventure / Spy
NewGen - YA Fiction
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ISBN

9781409143604

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