New Book: Skinner Luce by Patricia Ward.

The wonderful people over at Talos Press/Night Shade books were awesome enough to send me this ARC review copy this week! I have heard nothing but great things about this book. Thanks Talos Press/Night Shade! I can’t wait to read and review!

Skinner Luce by Patricia Sarrafian Ward

Is due out January 5, 2016!





About the book:


Skinner Luce by Patricia Sarrafian Ward

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Talos (January 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940456355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940456355

“Skinner was what servs called each other. It was because they were fake, their skins a disguise…”

Every year when the deep cold of winter sets in, unbeknownst to humanity, dangerous visitors arrive from another world. Disguised as humans, the Nafikh move among us in secret, hungry for tastes of this existence. Their fickle, often-violent needs must be accommodated at all times, and the price of keeping them satisfied is paid most heavily by servs.

Created by the Nafikh to attend their every whim, servs are physically indistinguishable from humans but for the Source, the painful, white-hot energy that both animates and enslaves them. Destined to live in pain, unable to escape their bondage, servs dwell in a bleak underworld where life is brutal and short.

Lucy is a serv who arrived as a baby and by chance was adopted by humans. She’s an outcast among outcasts, struggling to find a place where she truly belongs. For years she has been walking a tightrope, balancing between the horrors of her serv existence and the ordinary life she desperately longs to maintain; her human family unaware of her darkest secrets.

But when the body of a serv child turns up and Lucy is implicated in the gruesome death, the worlds she’s tried so hard to keep separate collide. Hounded by the police, turned upon by the servs who once held her dear, she must protect her family and the life she’s made for herself.


About the author:


Patricia Sarrafian Ward was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon and is of American-Armenian-Danish heritage. She moved to the United States at the age of eighteen. She holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.F.A. from the University of Michigan. Her novel, The Bullet Collection, about two sisters growing up in wartime Beirut, was published by Graywolf Press in 2003, and received GLCA New Writers Award, Anahid Literary Award, and Hala Maksoud Award for Outstanding Emerging Writer. Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies.

Ward is also an accomplished book artist whose work has been shown in several galleries in the Boston area. Three books are currently on tour with “Correspondence,” the 9th International Book Art Festival, Book Art Museum, Lodz, Poland.

She lives in the lovely town of Maynard, MA with her husband and son.


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