Waiting On Wednesday, where we put the spotlight on upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating, is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.
This week's choice is -
The House of Mountfathom - Nigel McDowell
Publisher - Hot Key Books
Release date - October 1 2015
Find - Author Website
There is a house.
Surrounded by a high wall.
Behind which magic happens.
Luke Mountfathom knows he is special and odd. He is told so by everyone he knows. His parents are special and odd too - they are the keepers of the House of Mountfathom, a magnificent stately home where the wrong door could take you to a far away land, and strange animals appear to stalk the grounds at midnight. The house is his home - but it is also the headquarters of the Driochta, a magic-weaving group of poets, artists, politicians and activists charged with keeping the peace in Ireland. They have many powers - have mastered Mirror-Predicting and Smoke-Summoning and Storm-Breaching - and a final ability: that of Mogrifying; taking on a unique animal form. But Luke's idyllic existence at Mountfathom cannot last. Word reaches the House of protests across Ireland. There is a wish for independence, a rising discontent and scenes of violence that even the Driochta cannot control. In Dublin, death and disease is running rife in the tenements; a darkness is clogging the air, and is intent on staying. Then four members of the Driochta are murdered. Luke's father is hurt and his mother goes missing. And now it is up to Luke, his cat Morrigan and his best friend Killian to worm out the heart of the evil in their land.
I absolutely adored Tall Tales From Pitch End and The Black North so I'm extremely excited for The House of Mountfathom. Nigel McDowell revealed the stunning cover at the end of April so I could finally use it as one of my Waiting On Wednesday choices. The artwork is by artist and illustrator Leo Nickolls and you can see more of his work here.
Will add links to Goodreads and purchase sites as soon as they're available!