DEBUT: STORMDANCER (St Martin's Press/Tor UK Spring 2012)
The Shima Isles are verging on the brink of environmental collapse; decimated by clockwork mechanization and toxic pollution. Sixteen-year-old Yukiko is the daughter of the Shogun's Hunt Master, gifted with the ability to speak telepathically to animals, but forced to hide her talent for fear of the murderous Lotus Guild and their campaign against "impurity". Befriending the last griffin alive on the islands, Yukiko pits herself against the Shogun and the Guild in the hope of seeing her homeland saved, her family freed and the crippled griffin fly again.
FIVE PLOT DEVICES FOR THE APOCALYPSE:
- Zombie mutant vampire werewolf ninja assassins
- Non-threatening boy with Dark Secret(tm)
- Some kind of prophecy
- Love quadrangle (25% better than a triangle)
- The Last of the V8 Interceptors