The Last Days of Hong Kong

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Book 3 in the Witch of Empire series

In the aftermath of the war, Iona “Sully” Sullivan has lost everything; her job, her friends, her fiancé and even her magic. But when an old friend shows up on her doorstep, offering her the chance to undo one of her long litany of mistakes, there is still enough of the old Sully left to get her on the first boat to Hong Kong. A stranger in a strange land, Sully must navigate alien customs, werebear chefs, the blossoming criminal underworld, religious extremists, Mongol agents, vampire separatists, and every other freak, maniac or cosmic leftover with an iota of power as they all compete for a chance at the most valuable prize in all the world; a little sailor doll named Eugene, and the last wish on earth.

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About the Book

Praise for the Series

  • Readers’ Favorite (5 stars) – “A very entertaining and atmospheric alternative history fantasy novel … I would highly recommend The Wounded Ones to fans of the first novel in the series, and I would certainly recommend the author as a superbly creative fantasy writer.” – Full Review
  • Kyle Richardson, author of the Steambound Trilogy – “Vampires and demons. Monsters and magic. Forbidden love, in a mind-blowing adventure. ‘Sully’ Sullivan returns in a blaze of fury and might as the plucky, magic-wielding heroine who takes crap from no one, even when the odds are stacked infinitely against her. Good luck trying to put this one down; it’ll leave your knuckles raw.”
  • All Things Jill Elizabeth (5 stars) – “The characters. The plot. The magic. The world-building. The pacing. The revelations. The interpersonal (even when not everyone is a person) relationships. Every single thing about this book resonates and is spot-on perfect … If you haven’t jumped on this train yet, for crying in the soup, do it quick – you won’t want to miss the magic!”
  • Michelle Meng’s Book Blog – “”Good old fashioned fun and bravery, along with mind blowing imagination coming from Penman. A heartwarming romance and the job of being a hero helps glue together Sully’s character and personality. I enjoyed the cliffhangers at the end of every chapter. Plus, the ending was truthful. You never really know what’s going to happen next. All in all, this book does not disappoint. I can’t wait to see what’s next in store! I love this!”
  • The Lesbian Review – “Top 100 Lesbian Vacation Novels” – Full Article
  • Gill Chedgey, Nudge Books (4 stars) – “Agent Sully … is a kick ass heroine, a kind of adult Harry Potter meets Katniss Everdene and is the tour de force that drives this novel along.… The writing is fast paced, imaginative with an underlying intelligence that gives credence to the infrastructure of the magical aspects of crime and policing.” – Full Review
  • Indiepicks Magazine – “Fans of urban fantasy, stories featuring LGBT characters, or even just those looking for a fun and energetic read are highly encouraged to give it a look.”
  • The Lesbian Review – “The Year of the Knife was a good book and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a a fast-paced tale, a little magic or perhaps some alternate history. I enjoyed GD Penman’s ease at storytelling and I’ll definitely look for more works by the author in the future.” – Full Review
  • Gareth L. Powell, BSFA award-winning author of Ack-Ack Macaque – “An addictive blend of magic and murder noir.”
  • Robyn Bennis, author of The Guns Above  – “Penman writes with the wit and charm of a foul-mouthed Terry Pratchett. His Agent Sully is what Dirty Harry would be if he was a lesbian witch fighting demons alongside the cast of Yes, Minister. She can be my date to the Imperial Bureau of Investigation Ball anytime.”
  • Book Addict Live (5 stars) – “I devoured this book, it was full of so many different paranormals which I loved. … I really got immersed in this world and thought it was well done. I don’t remember ever quite reading a book like this before, and considering all the paranormal books I have read, I’m pretty impressed. Sully has to be the biggest badass witch I have ever read about. I just loved her character. … I would love a sequel please Mr. Penman.” – Full Review
  • Ani’s Book Blog (5 stars)– “The story is fast paced. There are no dull moments, non-stop action and writing is really good. Story grabs you from the first moment and you can’t put the book down till the very last pages.” – Full Review
  • Book Reviews Express (4 stars) – “G.D. Penman has created an amazingly intricate world with well thought out characters…. I loved getting to know the characters and the world that is so similar yet so different from my own world. Based on the ending, I’m really hoping for a sequel! I want to know more about the history of this world and what will become of it in the future. This is definitely a book I would recommend to people who want a new magical take on the world.” – Full Review
  • Married Book Nerds (4 stars) –  “I really enjoyed this book. A LOT. It starts from that stunning first line, grabs you and does not let you go. I could not put it down.” – Full Review
  • TRL Reviews (4 stars) –  “Penman has a knack for speculative fiction, especially involving magic, necromancy and, oddly enough, colonialism.” – Full Review
  • Lin’s Perspective (4 stars) –  “If you are into magic and all the supernatural stuff with demons, vampires, skin walkers and more, I highly recommend you pick this one up and you [will] not be disappointed.” – Full Review
  • The Mystery Corner – “It was a delightful read to discover layer after layer of mystery unfolding. I was really impressed with what happened and … the reasoning behind all the murders.” – Full Review
  • BrizzleLass Books –  “I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Sully through to the end of this fantastic urban fantasy.” – Full Review
  • I Love Books Club –  “Crazy demons, dark magic, and a mysterious conspiracy, oh my!  The Year of the Knife is one crazy book, and you should probably read it with the lights on. … If you have read BookBurners by Brian Francis Slattery, Margaret Dunlap, Max Gladstone, and Mur Lafferty ,or A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess–I would recommend this book to you–however this is an adult book so there are mature themes.” – Full Review
  • Happy Mom Blogger  – “The Year of the Knife is a compelling tale of magic and monsters and a hold-onto-your-seat kind of story. The book isn’t for the faint of heart and each descriptive scenario is well thought out. Full of magic and comical moments, The Year of the Knife is fun and compelling read with a very surprise twist at the climatic ending.” – Full Review
  • Ruthie Jones, Reading By Moonlight – “All of the characters are completely engaging, and while The Year of the Knife has plenty of magical gore and gruesome mystery, it has has quite a bit of humor as well. Sully is quick with her snappy answers and retorts, and she has an abundance of bravado. The entire story is gripping and full of non-stop action! The Year of the Knife has plenty of plot twists, but hold on to your seat as the story unfolds into its dramatic climax. You don’t want to miss it!” – Full Review
Series: Witch of Empire, Book 3
Genres: Alternate History, LGBTQ, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Tags: all books, available, Backlist
ASIN: 1946154253
ISBN: 9781946154255
About the Author
G D Penman

G.D. Penman is the author of the Strata Online and Witch of Empire series, the ghostwriter of more than 50 books, and a freelance game designer. A firm believer in the axiom that any story is made better with the addition of dragons, he is fulfilling his destiny as an overweight bearded white man by pursuing a career as a fantasy author. In “real life” he lives in Scotland with his partner, children, dog and cats. Just . . . so many cats.

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