Friday, September 01, 2017

Five of the best fantasy novels set in the Pacific Northwest

Nebula-nominated Beth Cato is the author of the Clockwork Dagger duology and the Blood of Earth Trilogy from Harper Voyager.

Her newest novel is Call of Fire.

Cato is a Hanford, California native transplanted to the Arizona desert, where she lives with her husband, son, and requisite cat.

One of the author's top five fantasy novels set in the Pacific Northwest, as shared at
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

In the early days of the Civil War, the test-run of the mighty Boneshaker drill goes awry in Seattle, and a vein of gas is released that turns people into the living dead. Over a decade later, as the Civil War continues to drag on across the country, Seattle is a walled-off death trap. The city’s horrific reputation won’t stop Briar Wilkes from finding a way inside those walls; she needs to retrieve her missing teenage son, and the roving undead–and the possibility of joining their ranks–will not scare her away.

Readers who know Seattle history will recognize names and places, though this is heavily-altered setting–one rendered post-apocalyptic in its earliest years of settlement. This is zombie-filled horror combined with steampunk, and provides an excellent kick-off for Priest’s Clockwork Century alternate history series.
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--Marshal Zeringue