Erika Lewis is a TV producer whose first genre work, The 49th Key, appeared in Heavy Metal magazine; her webcomic Firebrand was launched last month at Webtoons. Apparently she has a lot more in the pipeline, however — her debut novel, featuring a young man plagued by the ability to see ghosts, arrives this month. Stan Lee calls it a “riveting page turner,” and R.A. Salvatore calls it “a wonderful adventure.” Game of Shadows, the opening volume in a new series, will be published in hardcover by Tor Books on February 28.
Thousands of years ago in Ireland, an ancient race fought a world-changing battle ― and lost. Their land overrun, the Celtic gods and goddesses fled, while the mythical races and magical druids sailed to an uncharted continent, cloaked so mankind could never find it. This new homeland was named Tara.
In modern day Los Angeles, Ethan Makkai struggles with an overprotective mother who never lets him out of her sight, and a terrifying secret: he can see ghosts. Desperate for a taste of freedom, he leaves his apartment by himself for the first time ― only to find his life changed forever. After being attacked by dive-bombing birds, he races home to find the place trashed and his mother gone.
With the help of a captain from Tara who has been secretly watching the Makkais for a long time, Ethan sets out to save his mother; a journey that leads him to the hidden lands, and straight into the arms of a vicious sorcerer who will stop at nothing until he controls Tara.With new-found allies including Christian, the cousin he never knew he had, and Lily, the sword-slinging healer who’d rather fight than mend bones, Ethan travels an arduous road ― dodging imprisonment, battling beasts he thought only existed in nightmares, and accepting help from the beings he’s always sought to avoid: ghosts. This L.A. teen must garner strength from his gift and embrace his destiny if he’s going to save his mother, the fearless girl he’s fallen for, and all the people of Tara.
Game of Shadows will be published by Tor Books on February 28, 2017. It is 400 pages, priced at $25.99 in hardcover and $12.99 for the digital edition. The cover is by Larry Rostant.