Procession of the Dead by Darren Shan

The first volume in a noirish, gritty urban fantasy for adults from the bestselling author otherwise known as Darren Shan. Quick-witted and cocksure, young upstart Capac Raimi arrives in the City determined to make his mark. As he learns the tricks of his new trade from his Uncle Theo — extortion, racketeering, threatening behaviour — he’s soon well on his way to becoming a promising new gangster. Then he crosses paths with The Cardinal, and his life changes forever. The Cardinal is the City and the City is The Cardinal. They are joined at the soul. Nothing moves on the streets, or below them, without the Cardinal’s knowledge. His rule is absolute. As Capac begins to discover more about the extent of the Cardinal’s influence on his own life he is faced with hard choices. And as his ambition soars ever higher he will learn all there is to know about loss, and the true cost of ultimate power!

I’ve not read anything by Darren Shan, nor do I really have any inclination to, but when this book arrived on my doorstep, I thought the cover was pretty damn cool.

  • Mihir June 9, 2010 at 3:46 am

    Hi Aidan

    I just finished reading this book a couple of days ago, I quite liked the writing and the setting of the plot. The final reveal may or may not work for you.

    But I’m looking forward to the 2nd book now.


  • -ink June 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Damn skippy is that ever a cool cover. Might find a copy just to look intriguing on the train…