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The Gutter Prayer

The Black Iron Legacy, Book One

By Gareth Hanrahan

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Set in a world of dark gods and dangerous magic, The Gutter Prayer is an epic tale of sorcerers and thieves, treachery and revenge, from a remarkable new voice in fantasy

'A ground-breaking and extraordinary novel . . . Hanrahan has an astonishing imagination' Peter McLean, author of Priest of Bones

'Mind-blowingly stellar in every respect . . . Fantasy readers, be wise and buy this book, because there's simply nothing like it' Novel Notions

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The city of Guerdon stands eternal. A refuge from the war that rages beyond its borders. But in the ancient tunnels deep beneath its streets, a malevolent power has begun to stir.

The fate of the city rests in the hands of three thieves. They alone stand against the coming darkness. As conspiracies unfold and secrets are revealed, their friendship will be tested to the limit. If they fail, all will be lost and the streets of Guerdon will run with blood.

SET IN A WORLD OF DARK GODS AND DANGEROUS MAGIC, THE GUTTER PRAYER IS AN EPIC TALE OF SORCERERS AND THIEVES, TREACHERY AND REVENGE, FROM A REMARKABLE NEW VOICE IN FANTASY.

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'An absolutely stunning debut. Insanely inventive . . . I loved it!' Michael R. Fletcher, author of Beyond Redemption

'Utterly brilliant . . . Hanrahan is a total genius' Liz Loves Books

'Captivating . . . Guerdon is a city that seethes with history, horror and hidden secrets' Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld

'Already one of my favourite books from 2019 . . . Put simply, you need to read this.' The Fantasy Inn

'I'm confident that I won't find a greater book this year' BookNest

'Compelling . . . rich with dark and original wonders' Anthony Ryan, author of Blood Song

'A gripping, darkly inventive tale' James Islington, author of The Shadow of What was Lost

Biographical Notes

Gareth Hanrahan's three-month break from computer programming to concentrate on writing has now lasted fifteen years and counting. He's written more gaming books than he can readily recall, by virtue of the alchemical transmutation of tea and guilt into words. He lives in Ireland with his wife and twin sons. Follow him on twitter @mytholder.

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  • Publication date: 15 Jan 2019
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A ground breaking and extraordinary novel . . . Hanrahan has an astonishing imagination — Peter McLean, author of PRIEST OF BONES
The Gutter Prayer is captivating and complex. Guerdon is a city that seethes with history, horror, and hidden secrets, and Hanrahan's assured style is reminiscent of China Mievelle in the best way possible — Nicholas Eames, author of KINGS OF THE WYLD
An absolutely stunning debut. Insanely inventive and deeply twisted. I loved it! Highly recommended — Michael R. Fletcher, author of BEYOND REDEMPTION
Utterly brilliant . . . Excellent, edgy, absorbing writing, an intelligently woven story that throws the unexpected at you with almost the turn of every page, I think Gareth Hanrahan is a total genius — LIZ LOVES BOOKS
The perfect marriage of grimdark and epic fantasy . . . an impressive debut . . . Boldly ambitious and innovative in equal measure, Hanrahan's daring entry into the genre is guaranteed to captivate and enthral — BIBLIOSANCTUM
Employing an enviable skill with both plotting and prose, Gareth Hanrahan has in The Gutter Prayer woven an intricate and finely crafted web of compelling characters navigating a city rich in dark and original wonders. I await the sequel with the keenest anticipation. — Anthony Ryan, author of BLOOD SONG
Mind-blowingly stellar in every respect; full of seductive creativity, marvelously intelligent, innovative, and frankly revolutionary. This dark and enchanting debut contained no shortage of alluring madness and wondrous imagination that manifests itself gloriously within the pages. Fantasy readers, be wise and buy this book, because there's simply nothing like it . . . I envision that The Gutter Prayer will not only win many readers' hearts but also win multiple fantasy awards in the near future. Yes, it was THAT good. Read it. Thank me later — NOVEL NOTIONS
A gripping tale that meshes beautifully with its fascinating, darkly inventive setting — James Islington, author of THE SHADOW OF WHAT WAS LOST
With living candles, ancient ghouls, broken gods and more, The Gutter Prayer brims with cool and often twisted ideas — Peter Newman, author of THE VAGRANT
Hanrahan's highly anticipated fantasy debut is a real breath of fresh air . . . The Gutter Prayer features a skilfully crafted world, with masterful drama, expert dialogue, brilliant characters and an ending I did not see coming . . . A book that every fantasy fan should read — FANTASY BOOK REVIEW
I'm confident that I won't find a greater book this year . . . The Gutter Prayer is, undoubtedly, the debut of the year, and I won't be surprised to see it sweeping every award next year — BOOKNEST
Beautifully written. Gripping. Guerdon is the city of my dreams — Anna Smith Spark, author of THE COURT OF BROKEN KNIVES
The Gutter Prayer is already one of my favourite books from 2019. It's original, incredibly well-written, and honestly just so much fun to read . . . It's the battlecry of an exciting new author who I feel has the potential to hit the very top of the genre. Put simply, you need to read this. — THE FANTASY INN
Hanrahan brings the sights, sounds, and smells of Guerdon to life with crisp, lyrical prose that moves swiftly between thrilling action sequences and imaginative worldbuilding — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
A mercurial masterpiece . . . The only thing greater than its ambitions as a debut is its accomplished performance and the awe-inspiring imagination that's gone into it, which surely marks Gareth Hanrahan as one to watch . . . astounding — FANTASY HIVE
This book has a fascinating setting, awesome and unique characters, and a really original and well executed idea . . . It kept me reading until well into the wee hours every night. I can't wait to see where this story goes in the future, but I imagine that it's going to be pretty spectacular! — SUPERSTAR DRIFTER
I can't recommend this one highly enough . . . This was like falling for fantasy all over again — THE WEATHERWAX REPORT
An absolutely phenomenal debut . . . This book will undoubtedly be one of the best fantasy books you will read in 2019 and heralds the start of something absurdly promising . . . a must read for all who love fantasy — BOOKSPRENS
Fans of Robert Jackson Bennett's Divine Cities trilogy will feel at home in this rich, twisty blend of noir, historical fantasy and eldritch dread . . . we can't wait to dive in to book two — SCIFINOW
Laced with the blackest of humour and packed with magic and mayhem, this is fantasy turned up to 11 — Anna Stephens, author of GODBLIND
Vengeful gods, alchemical weapons, odd but likable central characters, and vividly rendered battle scenes . . . wonderfully bizarre — GUARDIAN
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