- Author Bio
For readers of VE Schwab and The Witcher, science and magic clash in atmospheric gaslight-era Prague.
In the quiet streets of Prague all manner of mysterious creatures lurk in the shadows. Unbeknownst to its citizens, their only hope against the tide of predators are the dauntless lamplighters – secret elite of monster hunters whose light staves off the darkness each night. Domek Myska leads a life teeming with fraught encounters with the worst kind of evil: pijavice, bloodthirsty and soulless vampiric creatures. Despite this, Domek finds solace in his moments spent in the company of his friend, the clever and beautiful Lady Ora Fischerová - a widow with secrets of her own.
When Domek finds himself stalked by the spirit of the White Lady - a ghost who haunts the baroque halls of Prague castle – he stumbles across the sentient essence of a will-o’-the-wisp captured in a mysterious container. Now, as its bearer, Domek wields its power, but the wisp, known for leading travellers to their deaths, will not be so easily controlled.
After discovering a conspiracy amongst the pijavice that could see them unleash terror on the daylight world, Domek finds himself in a race against those who aim to twist alchemical science for their own dangerous gain.
Story Locale: Prague, Czech Republic
The Lights of Prague is brilliantly realised; a novel, fresh setting that will intrigue readers.
Familiar but different monsters, which is an amazing accomplishment with such classic creatures as vampires, so the story feels fresh and exciting, providing the readers with something they haven’t seen before.
This is the perfect blend of gritty realism and heart.
With the Witcher TV series coming out there will be heightened interest in eastern European mythology, which this will be well-positioned to capitalise on.
Fantasy fans will gobble up this moody, philosophical adventure - Publishers Weekly
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“Fantasy fans will gobble up this moody, philosophical adventure” - Publishers Weekly
“Jarvis transports readers to a historical Prague where evil lurks around dark corners and lamplighters are vampire hunters in disguise. Readers will fall hard for the humble, vampire-hunting Domek and the brazen, bloodthirsty Ora as they navigate their class differences—along with their mortal differences—while trying to save their city. A stunning debut.” - Kristen Ciccarelli