The Song of the Dead
With Ruthers dead and the Library Accord signed by Recoletta, its neighbours, and its farming communes, Inspector Malone and laundress Jane Lin are in limbo as the city leaders around them vie for power.
A desperate attempt to save Arnault from execution leads to Malone's arrest and Jane's escape. They must pursue each other across the sea to discover a civilization that has held together over the centuries. There they will finally learn the truths about the Catastrophe that drove their own civilization underground.
File Under: Fantasy [ Day of Execution | Sky High | We are the Dead | Nature of the Catastrophe ]
- Paperback | 448 pages
- 107 x 175 x 28mm | 209g
- 02 May 2017
- Watkins Media Limited
- Angry Robot
- London, United Kingdom
- Dru Pagliassotti, author of the Clockwork Heart trilogy
"In the riveting Recoletta series, Carrie Patel is a cultural excavator incisively carving out the recesses of human nature, digging up fossils that reveal both the physical geography of a collapsed United States as well as the existential cartography of humanity. The trilogy is a moving paean wrapped in the rhythms of a steampunk dystopian alternate history that rings with pain, hope, and resistance in a song that will awaken even the dead."
- Peter Tieryas, author of United States of Japan and Bald New World
"It's got something for everyone. There's the great secret of the Catastrophe, which shattered the land above Recoletta. There's air battles, train robberies, betrayals. A whiff of the romantic (as well as of romance) runs through the pages, and if Malone and Jane seem to plunge from the frying pan into the fire quite often - well, it certainly kept me turning pages. There's some great character moments here, as well as some smartly written dialogue - and the plot runs along nicely. It kept me guessing and kept me reading late into the night. If you're looking to start a new series, then it's worth going back to The Buried Life and working your way through the series. If you're looking for a conclusion to the story of Recoletta, then I can recommend this wholeheartedly."
- SF and F Reviews
"Patel does it again. This is another great story that takes us from the buried city of Recoletta, to the farming communes, onto a flotilla of ships across the ocean and the Continent where Arnault's big secret is revealed. I found the resolution of the plot arc very satisfying and Patel did a great job of tying up all the individual plot threads into one satisfying conclusion. It is hard to say much more without risking giving too much away. Suffice to say you will need to find out for yourself."
- The Quillery
"The Song of the Dead is my favorite book of the series."
- One Writer's Journey
Praise and Reviews for The Buried Life and Cites and Thrones:
"The Buried Life artfully sets a who-dunit murder mystery in a dystopian underground city filled with dark politics and foul secrets. It's a gripping read from start to finish, with two clever female leads and a delightfully colorful cast. More, please!"
- Beth Cato, author of The Clockwork Dagger
"With Regency-era sensibilities and Agatha Christie's flair for the subtle conundrum, Patel's debut novel introduces readers to a subterranean city of the future, centuries after what is dubbed 'The Catastrophe', and beautifully manages the delicate balance between entertainment and social commentary. The subtly fantastical story is resplendent with surprisingly deep villains, political corruption, and a gripping whodunit feel."
- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
"The Buried Life is a dark, imaginative steampunk gem - tailor-made for mystery fans and history nerds alike, with plenty of cops-and-robbers to keep you on your toes. This is a very fine contribution to the genre."
- Cherie Priest, author of Boneshaker and Maplecroft
"The Buried Life excels on many levels, quite apart from its presentation of strong female characters: it's a cracking whodunnit with sufficient twists and turns to make Agatha Christie proud, a vivid portrayal of a vibrant multicultural society, and an intriguing love story."
- The Guardian
"Fans of steampunk alternate histories will enjoy this book, and I suspect that readers of the lighter end of the dystopian genre will too. It's quick, filled with enjoyable characters, and contains enough socio-political reflectiveness to give you something to chew on. It's a great debut effort, and, even better, the first in a series."
- Barnes and Noble
"Vaguely steampunk-ish but not quite classifiable, The Buried Life is recommended for readers comfortable straddling the border of fantasy and sci-fi; dedicated fantasists and hard sci-fi fans may want to go down another hole."
- Books, Brains, and Beer
"This was a very well written novel. Attention to the logic of not only writing but writing a detective novel was superb. Behind this detecting logic there lurks an obvious perpetrator but you always seem to know that that would be too easy. The fun is in determining the who, and seeing if subsequent events play out in your favor. I like a novel that challenges you AND gives you enough information to figure it out. I loved this novel and look forward to Ms. Patel's next."
- Koeur's Book Reviews
"What Patel is giving the characters (and the reader) in this changed portrayal is an understanding of consequences. The old Recolleta is dead, but the birth pains of the new one aren't especially pretty. Still, from a setting point of view, Patel has spun together a vivid world, one which is different enough from our own to be fascinating, and similar enough that we empathise with the characters as they struggle within it."
- Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews
"I read this book in one go, quite literally in one sitting. It's definitely a worthy sequel."
- Bibliophibian Inc.
"Ms. Patel has a knack in Cities and Thrones of providing just enough information for your imagination to grab hold and provide the rest. She's also a master at nail-biting, non-stop action. Once you start reading, hold on tight because things are going to get really interesting fast. I recommend this series because it just keeps getting better."
- Popcorn Reads
"It's all fascinating and interesting, and the aftermath of the revolution in Recoletta puts me in mind of some of the events of the French Revolution. Thus, the tangle of events here reminds me strongly of the novels of Django Wexler and Brian McClellan, especially when the plots of their novels focus on intrigue and city adventure rather than the flintlock fantasy war scenes. These three authors, McClellan, Wexler and Patel, all understand and illustrate that revolution and political upheaval are never, ever, smooth and easy affairs. There are countervailing forces, revanchist forces, radical elements, and the ordinary person *still* has to muddle along and live the day-to-day life, sometimes in a very broken world."
- The Skiffy and Fanty Show
About Carrie Patel
Author hometown: Houston, Texas