Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly
Published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC (A Tor Book)
In this debut novel from Tor, Lara Elena Donnelly explores the dark underworld of the demimonde where fallen aristocrats turn to espionage for a living and cabaret entertainers for companionship. There is danger and excitement and all kinds of deception in this place. The world of Amberlough is populated with smugglers, spies and strippers, drug dealers and counterfeiters. It is these disenfranchised who are the last defense against the fascist up swell and a fixed election. Everyone has something to hide, everyone has a story to tell, everyone has something to lose, and not everyone survives.
Donnelly has set a scene that is at once otherworldly, timeless, and familiar. She creates living yet perfectly recognizable slang, adding flavor and authenticity to something perhaps of another realm or just as easily right next door. Amberlough is like nothing else. It is a novel that is part Marathon Man and part Cabaret and all thrilling and suspenseful. And it is also a love story.
Amberlough is a surprise and delight, not quite fantasy or science fiction, not quite spy thriller or romance but a marvelous adventure that evokes of all of the above. This is something different and something fresh and well worth the read.
Amberlough is available in paperback February 13, 2018.