If you are reading HeroPress as is intended, on a computer or laptop, you may have noticed in the left-hand column that my latest audiobook selection is Philip Reeve's latest offering: Utterly Dark and The Face of The Deep (the paperback, out now as well, has yet to arrive here).
Rather than a post-post-apocalyptic world or a strange, expansive, universe, the first new novel from my favourite author since 2019 is a 19th Century Gothic novel about a young girl raised on an isolated island whose life is turned upside down when her guardian is drowned.
|Map of Wildsea by Paddy Donnelly|
Philip writes about the genesis of Utterly Dark and The Face of The Deep here on his blog.
He has also penned an interesting article on the cultural phenomena of "lost islands", places marked on maps and believed to exist... until proven otherwise.
Is Utterly Dark's home of Wildsea real? Philip recounts a family trip there in his youth that would suggest that "yes, it is"... or does it?
As a long-time fan, I'm very excited to lose myself in Philip's rich prose for a while.
I suspect this story will be very different from his epic Mortal Engines, Larklight and Railhead sagas, as - for one thing - they were sci-fi and I get the idea that Utterly Dark is more fantastical (see the short video in the embedded tweet below).