Out now: bestselling author Christopher Nuttall’s latest title in alternative history/fantasy series

Third book in the Royal Sorceress series set in an alternative 1830s where scientists have discovered magic and Lady Gwendolyn Crichton must protect the British Empire

DARTFORD, KENT – 8 August 2014 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce that the next book in the Royal Sorceress series is available from today as an eBook. Necropolis is the third book in this fantasy series, hugely popular with readers of alternative history and steampunk as well as fantasy, from author Christopher Nuttall who is ranked by Amazon as one of the bestselling authors of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Artwork by Alison Buck
Artwork by Alison Buck

The British Empire is teetering on the brink of war with France. A war that may, for the first time, see magicians in the ranks on both sides. The Royal Sorceress, Lady Gwendolyn Crichton, will be responsible for the Empire’s magical resources when the time comes. Still struggling to overcome prejudice within the Royal College of Sorcerers, she has at least earnt the gratitude of much of the aristocracy, if not their respect. Just when Gwen needs to be firmly focussed on training new sorcerers, her adopted daughter Olivia, the only known living necromancer, is kidnapped. Her abduction could signal a terrible new direction in the impending war. But Intelligence soon establishes that it was Russian agents who took Olivia, so an incognito Gwen joins a British diplomatic mission to Russia, an uncertain element in the coming conflict. Once she has arrived in St Petersburg, she discovers that the Tsar is deranged and with the help of a mad monk has a plan that threatens the entire world.

Immediately following on from The Great Game, Necropolis sees Gwen thrust into the wider international arena as political unrest spreads throughout Europe and beyond, threatening to hasten an almighty conflict. “Once again Christopher Nuttall combines exciting fantasy with believable alternate history that is almost close enough for us to touch.”

The Royal Sorceress series has been widely praised, with Risingshadow describing the first book as “one of the most interesting and entertaining alternate history books ever written” and the character of Lady Gwen as “one of the most intriguing heroines in modern fantasy”.

Available on popular eBook platforms, Necropolis will be published in November in a paperback edition.

About Christopher Nuttall

Christopher NuttallChristopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learned to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author he has self-published a number of novels, but this is his sixth fantasy to be published by Elsewhen Press, and the third in the Royal Sorceress series about Lady Gwendolyn Crichton. The first was The Royal Sorceress, followed by The Great Game. Necropolis continues Gwen’s story. Chris is currently living in Borneo with his wife, muse, and critic Aisha.