The Kingfisher’s Debt is Kura Carpenter’s debut novel and very cleverly set in an Urban Fantasy world overlaying (or underlying, depending on your perspective) Dunedin, New Zealand. The writing is crisp, the plot excellently designed and executed. The work, I believe, clearly shows a writer who has taken the writing process seriously, from conception to drafting, to re-drafting, and producing a book that fits neatly into the Urban Fantasy genre while also having a strong Kiwi flavour.
We are ecstatic to have a number of our editors and authors’ works reach finalist status in the New Zealand Sir Julius Vogel Awards – the awards that recognise excellence in speculative fiction and fandom. We have worked hard to support our New Zealand authors, and the following finalists and their categories gives, we think, a nod to our effort:
It is with great pleasure that we announce the acquisition of Wicked by Blood: The Kingfisher’s Debt by New Zealand author, Kura Carpenter. The novel is an urban fantasy set in contemporary Dunedin, New Zealand, with a captivating mix of fantasy, mystery, murder and satanic rituals. It is scheduled for release in the second half of 2018 – more specific dates will be determined early next year.
“Aside from having written a rip-roaring fantasy, ” said IFWG Managing Director, Gerry Huntman, “we were captivated by a story with such a strong female protagonist. We are also chuffed to add to our New Zealand author base.”
Kura enjoys reading, calligraphy, designing fabric and constructing miniature furniture from ice-block sticks. She has a greyhound, several chickens, and may or may not have an elderly ninja cat at the time of reading. She sews Victorian and Regency outfits, because she’s a writer and, hello, not very practical. She also collects vintage sewing machines, but if her husband asks, she’s storing them for a friend.