Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Nine

A book that some would kill for . . .


Black market courier Rowena Downshire is doing everything she can to stay off the streets and earn enough to pay her mother’s way to freedom. But an urgent and unexpected delivery leads her face to face with a creature out of nightmares.

The Alchemist knows things few men have lived to tell about, but when a frightened and empty-handed courier shows up on his doorstep he knows better than to turn her away. What he discovers leads him to ask for help from the last man he wants to see—the former mercenary, Anselm Meteron.

Reverend Phillip Chalmers awakes in a cell, bloodied and bruised, facing a creature twice his size. Translating a stolen book that writes itself may be his only hope for survival; however, he soon learns the text may have been written by the Creator himself, tracking the nine human subjects of his Grand Experiment. In the wrong hands, it could mean the end of humanity.

This unlikely team must try to keep the book from those who would misuse it. But how can they be sure who the enemy is when they can barely trust each other? And what will happen to them when it reveals a secret no human was meant to know?


This is one of those books where people are going to be hesitant to read and ask, "Yeah, but... Is it a religious book?"

I had the same question when attempting The Books of Babel and I hear the question all the time from others about that series (I was actually asked just last week about the religious aspect of the book...). Every time 'god' is involved, people like me are completely turned off and don't want to risk it. It's annoying being hounded with christian garble when our life experiences have been so negative because of organized religion.

So, to clear up any confusion, the answer is no. This is not 'that' kind of book. Yes, there is a search for 'god' and whether 'god' is behind the mysteries of this magical self writing book, but nothing in this book will make you uncomfortable and you certainly won't be exposed to any religious nonsense.

The Nine is pure fantasy/mystery/hard crime/action-adventure/(perhaps a bit steampunk) all rolled into one novel- And yes, the cover glows just as brightly in person as it does in the cover photos! 

I can't say I've ever actually read a Hard-crime Fantasy novel before, but The Nine would definitely fit that category.

Someone's watching, someone's keeping score, and the world may be at the mercy of nine unknowing subjects of a mysterious experiment being studied by religious scientists in their hopes to present the world with solid proof that god exists. But gathering evidence proves more difficult, and more dangerous than they could ever have imagined.

Rowena Downshire is one of the last people to believe a god could possibly exist, but being faced with a self writing book taking notes on the world she lives in has left her open to the possibility... But not that open to it. Her part to play is small, deliver the package and get paid. She never imagined just how quickly that one delivery would become a life changing event.

The book covers the span of a few days and so moves quickly in plot, though there is a lot of information to savor and digest before reaching the final conclusion. There's a lot to learn about this world and the creatures that inhabit it. Tracy Townsend has created a whole new world to discover and there are a lot of questions left unanswered for the series to continue and build upon the foundation The Nine has begun.

If you enjoy complex world building, research based discoveries, and fantastical creatures, then I think this is a book for you.


The Nine releases in November,
but I have an opportunity for you to get your hands on an ARC now.

I was going to run a rafflecopter giveaway, but rafflecopters are boring and no one ever enters SO, instead I'll have a contest on Twitter and Facebook. Go to either of my sites and post a meme, gif, photo, I don't care, just send some positive vibes and funny pick-me-ups to spread a little happiness this week, and let me know it's for the #9ARCGiveaway!

Happy Posting!




About the Author
Tracy Townsend holds a Master’s degree in Writing & Rhetoric from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s degree in creative writing from DePauw University, a source of regular consternation when proofreading her credentials. She is chair of the English Department at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, an elite public boarding school, where she teaches creative writing and science fiction & fantasy literature. She has been a martial arts instructor, a stage combat and accent coach, and a short-order cook for houses full of tired gamers. Now she lives in Bolingbrook, Illinois with two bumptious hounds, two remarkable children, and one very patient husband. Her short story, “Late Arrivals,” was published by Luna Station Quarterly in March 2016.

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