The Devil Pulls the Strings, described as The Librarians meet The Magicians is a 76,000-word epic fantasy adventure set in modern-day Wentzville, MO, New York City, and 1813 Genoa, Italy, where time travel, twisted history, Slavic mythology, secret societies, Paganini’s music and one haunted hero collide.
Paganini born in 1782, was the world's first Rockstar of his day, known as the world's greatest violinist who revolutionized violin technique. And rumor has it, his mother gave Paganini's soul to the Devil so Paganini could be the world's greatest violinist.
Imagine a world where that's true.
Then you'd be immersed in the world of The Devil Pulls the Strings..
Boone Daniels (22) has problems, debilitating panic attacks, gut-wrenching guilt, a wendigo haunting him since age six, and now he almost killed his best friend in a joust. But when he fills in for his injured friend at a New York gig, he goes to meet the gig’s contact at his NYC brownstone and a body falls from the brownstone balcony and the place explodes with gunfire. Boone barely escapes but uncovers a sinister plot to perform a rare Paganini piece that summons the Devil to trap Baba Yaga and destroy modern-day New York City.
He finds himself on a race through time to capture the cursed melody. Along the way, a Romani immortal, steampunk vampires and Baba Yaga set the stage for war, and Boone shall have to risk death for redemption. Because all Boone wants is to keep a promise to a friend. The same friend, he almost killed last Sunday during a joust. Can a small-town Missouri musician outplay the supernatural and save NYC’s soul? The Devil Pulls the Strings is the pulse-pounding first tale and spectacular page-turner in the Archivist series.