"The Gutter Prayer is captivating and complex. Guerdon is a city that seethes with history, horror, and hidden secrets" (Nicholas Eames).
A group of three young thieves are pulled into a centuries old magical war between ancient beings, mages, and humanity in this wildly original debut epic fantasy.
Enter a city of saints and thieves . . .
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.
"A groundbreaking and extraordinary novel . . . Hanrahan has an astonishing imagination" (Peter McLean).
The Gutter Prayer is an epic tale of sorcerers and thieves, treachery and revenge, from a remarkable new voice in fantasy.
Interesting monsters and a steady pace carry Hanrahan's epic fantasy debut. As an unholy war between mad deities and divinely powered saints sweeps across the land, the city of Guerdon is a bastion for hundreds of refugees, including Carillon Thay, a new member of the Thieves' Brotherhood. In the aftermath of a disastrous heist, Carillon is plagued by mysterious visions as shape-shifting Ravellers, servants of the ancient and evil Black Iron Gods, take to the streets for the first time in decades. Along with Rat, a corpse-eating ghoul, and Spar, whose flesh is slowly calcifying into rock, Carillon must navigate a city of monsters and powerful guilds to protect her friends from full-scale apocalypse. 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. Equal parts grim and entertaining, this series launch balances fresh ideas with familiar tropes to create a satisfying story.