The Cobra Queen
Pandora has discovered she is the chosen one, the Seventh Daughter of a Seventh Daughter, and during the impending Revolution of the Dead, she alone will have the power to save all life as we know it. The Agitation is unfolding, building towards the Revolution, and Pandora can no longer deny the truth in these incredible prophecies. But what will she do when the moment comes? How can she stand against the army of the dead?
Pandora's relationship to her spirit guide, Lieutenant Luke, is intensifying. She's had to grapple with ghosts, vampires and necromancers. Now, with the Blue Moon approaching and a new exhibition opening at The Met, which celebrates an ancient female pharaoh done wrong in antiquity, powerful forces threaten to upend the balance of life and death.
Pandora is given the chance to find out what happened to her parents all those years ago, but first she must put her own supernatural gifts to the test.
From the best-selling author of The Blood Countess, The Spider Goddess and The Skeleton Key.
'[A] charming para-normal story...Pandora is an engaging character - polite, courteous, grieving for her parents who died eight years ago...She is likeable and unassuming - but beginning to understand the importance of her role in the protection of the living world.' - Queensland Reviewers Collective
'A fabulously fun supernatural new adult romance oozing female empowerment and open-mindedness...The Cobra Queen is a highly entertaining and emotionally satisfying escape from the real world. Sign me up for the next one!' - Booklover Book Review
- Paperback | 304 pages
- 153 x 234 x 22.86mm | 406g
- 01 Apr 2022
- Allen & Unwin
- Echo Publishing
"The War Widow is poised to be Tara Moss's breakout novel in the United States, especially given the book's saucy leading lady, Billie Walker. She's a war reporter-turned-private investigator in post-WWII Australia who--much like Moss herself--refuses to be defined or held back by any man on her quest for justice." --The Boston Herald
"Just what I needed today--a blast of the escapist past. Sydney in 1946, damaged veterans, bad guys, car chases, mysteries, and a female PI up for the fight." --Ian Rankin, New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Rebus series
"Tara Moss's The War Widow is an excellent novel and an even better springboard for its crackerjack heroine: the indomitable Billie Walker. Like a harder-boiled Phryne Fisher meets Martha Gellhorn, Billie is the best kind of heroine: fun, flawed, smart, feminist, and feisty. Even down the darkest of paths--including but not limited to Nazi war profiteers, shady mobsters, cops on the take, and more--Billie is a beacon of light, never losing her sense of justice, or her enjoyment in life (and a good coupe of champagne!). Honestly, I'd follow Billie anywhere." --Halley Sutton, author of The Lady Upstairs
"In Billie Walker, Moss has conjured up one kick-ass 1940s heroine: a tough-talking, glamorous feminist who's as adept with a pistol as she is on the dance floor, haunted by a tragic past, and unafraid to take on the darkest of foes. An artful, original take on noir suspense that resonates in today's times." --Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue
"A cracking thriller, with a marvelous, strong, flamboyant heroine." --Joanne Harris, New York Times bestselling author of Chocolat and Five Quarters of the Orange
"Billie Walker is the type of heroine I'd love to befriend: resourceful, clever, adventurous, and a true fashionista. With a gripping plot and the perfect dose of history and intrigue, The War Widow has all the elements of a great page-turner." --Ellen Keith, nationally bestselling author of The Dutch Wife
"A terrific read!" --Lynda La Plante, internationally bestselling author
"Her novels are completely gripping and entertaining from beginning to end." --Hugh Jackman
"I so enjoyed getting to know Tara Moss's wonderful new character, Billie Walker, in her 1940s Sydney-set mystery[, The War Widow]. Immersive, well-paced, entertaining, thoughtful--so enjoyable!" --Angela Meyer, award-winning author of Joan Smokes and A Superior Spectre
"Moss's ultra-cool prose and whip-smart plotting pull you along at cracking pace until suddenly you look up and realize with a gulp how deep you've gone and how very dark it is down there." --Emily Maguire, author of Taming the Beast
"Brilliantly atmospheric and completely immersive--this stylishly fierce adventure into post-war darkness will hold you captive on every page. The amazing Tara Moss has created a cinematic and important feminist noir--dark as midnight velvet and tough as steel. Do not miss this!" --Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of The First to Lie
"The setting feels simultaneously familiar and exotic. Neatly incorporates history, social commentary, and a satisfying mystery in one appealing package. More, please!" --Kirkus Reviews
"Spirited...thoroughly researched and anchored by the spunky, sympathetic heroine at its heart...Readers will finish the book clamoring for Billie's next case." --Booklist
"Rich period detail and a fierce, feminist heroine distinguish this stylish twist on the classic 1940s detective novel." --Publishers Weekly
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