The City of Talis is a fragile beacon of civilization on the edge of the Faërie Lands. Beyond lies a wilder world of dark enchantments and terrible wonders, but behind the city walls humans and faëries live together in uneasy peace—until an explosion rocks the city and long smoldering tensions threaten to ignite.
As the Commandant of Police, Baron Hessing has maintained stability for decades. But with a murderer on the loose, an anarchist bombing the city, and rumors of a faërie uprising, he is starting to loose control. Hessing finds himself caught in a web of interlocking conspiracies and he may need to choose between saving his city or his family.
Into this maelstrom appears the Countess. Trained from birth for a single purpose—vengeance—suddenly she's everywhere from secret catacombs to the halls of power. Beset by enemies on all sides, it will take all her training to succeed in a city on the brink of revolution. Plans are in motion centuries in the making that will change the fate of Talis forever.
Irons in the Fire is the first novel in the Chronicles of Talis.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Nothing is as it seems in Talis, a volatile border city thrust into chaos after a bombing kills hundreds of faeries and humans alike. Equal parts fantasy, thriller and political drama, the first novel in the Chronicles of Talis series boasts a vast plot that’s as digestible and exciting as it is complex. Antonio Urias demonstrates a knack for manoeuvring dozens of characters and writing intricate, colourful descriptions.