Accursed (Ghosts of Albion, Book 1)

By Christopher Golden, Amber Benson

Even demise couldn't cease Britain’s maximum defenders.

In 1838, William and Tamara speedy inherit a startling legacy from their demise grandfather, reworking them into the Protectors of Albion, mystical defenders of the soul of britain. however the stunned, neophyte sorcerers additionally inherit distinctive allies of their conflict opposed to the darkish forces. scuffling with along them are the famous–even infamous–Ghosts of Albion: Lord Byron, Queen Bodicea, and Lord Admiral Nelson.

When unusual and hideous creatures seem within the slums of London, an unholy plague threatens to release an epic conflict that can rage all of the technique to Buckingham Palace . . . and past. Time is operating out as William and Tamara needs to study even if their buddies will stand beside them, or seduce and betray them.

From Amber Benson, recognized for her dramatic portrayal of Tara in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Christopher Golden, Bram Stoker Award—winning writer of The Shadow Saga and Wildwood street, comes a vengeful story of demons, vampires, and ghosts set in nineteenth-century London. in accordance with the ruin BBC net sequence that took England through typhoon, Ghosts of Albion is a horror experience laced with darkish humor and darker lusts.

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Certainly we do, sir,” J. W. stated, his cognizance returning to the incomplete pint at the desk prior to him. He ran his tongue out to rainy his lips. “Say, how are the teenagers coming alongside, the hot Protectors? ” Horatio smiled. “Quite good, i feel. It’s no sure bet, adjusting to having such accountability thrust upon them—not to say the magic. are you able to think having that kind of strength burning in you, greater than any mystic grasp, and but having simply the ability and information of a amateur? ” “Think I’d be frightened of me personal shadow, if it used to be me,” J. W. acknowledged. “That’s why they’re remarkable,” Horatio responded proudly. “They have so a great deal to benefit in regards to the supernatural and approximately how you can wield their magic, yet they either have common ability and self-discipline that experience saved them alive previously. ” J. W. stared once again on the pint at the desk. “It’s sturdy to listen to you’ve a lot religion in them. I in simple terms want shall we bring up a tumbler and drink to their well-being. ” The barmaid got here towards them. Horatio smoothed his jacket and tried to seem as if that they had been discussing anything extra mundane. the lady didn’t even look at him as she cleared the glasses from the desk. J. W. gazed longingly after the half-full pint as she set it on her tray, yet he stated not anything. Balancing the tray precariously, she wiped the desk down with a rag. A unfastened tendril of hair fell throughout her face and he or she blew at it, yet saved at her job. Horatio watched the road of her jaw, the icy blue hue of her eyes, and how her bosom heaved with the trouble. “You are stunning, my expensive. Why do i've got the sensation it’s been a ways too lengthy due to the fact that someone advised you that? ” he requested. She reacted in no way, status as much as survey her paintings. Her eyes narrowed in consternation as she finally appeared in Horatio’s path, and he felt a second of triumph. Had his phrases touched her? Then she leaned ahead and ran her rag over the again of the chair, wiping it down, her hand and forearm passing totally via Horatio’s chest as if she have been made from not anything yet smoke and starlight. yet that wasn’t the case, after all, and he knew all of it too good, sitting there at the back of the 3 Goats’ Heads. For a couple of minutes’ time, with all of the speak and the laughter and the companionship, Horatio had allowed himself the semblance of lifestyles. notwithstanding greater than thirty years had handed, Admiral Lord Nelson didn’t prefer to stay at the lingering tragedy of his personal loss of life. MORNING MIST MOVED in patches around the lawns of Ludlow residence, but the sky published scattered islands of blue. The sunlight had started to strive against the grey conceal that tried to throw its impact over the land, and William rapid used to be simply confident sufficient to think that it will be successful, a minimum of for a time. of the tall home windows within the breakfast parlor have been open, and he came across that he was once thankful for his frock coat. there have been roses in a vase at the buffet, and their desirable odor whisked concerning the room, mingling with the smells of breakfast. As a baby, William had enjoyed breakfast the main.

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