Sleeps With Monsters: Intrigue, Espionage, and Capers

I’m behindhand in crossposting. Here’s the latest column over at

I’ve been waiting for a follow-up to Amanda Downum’s Kingdom of Dust for years. Downum’s first three novels, The Drowning City, The Bone Palace, and Kingdom of Dust were rich, detailed works involving plenty of magic and even more intrigue. Now she’s published The Poison Court, an excellent novel of murder and palace intrigue, and it’s every bit as good as I’d been hoping for.


This is a book that’s coming from Solaris next May. A few weeks ago, Amanda and I (we’ve been acquainted for years) were joking about starting a blogger-author feud over it when it comes out.

But you know, it’s just too pretty. I can’t really imagine feuding over anything that’s quite that pretty…

Dreams of Shreds and Tatters by Amanda Downum, forthcoming from Solaris Books.