Neon City

The Neon City series is an urban fantasy for adults, inspired by Slavic mythology, Russian culture and 80’s movies and music. Carrying themes include otherness, social isolation, the threat of sexual violence and the clash of collectivistic and individualistic cultures.

Packed with twists and turns, the series is an entertaining crossover fantasy debut that swipes away the reader. 

The first book of the series Neon City is nominated for the 2021 Kuvastaja award. 

An impressive 80’s themed dark fantasy debut. Set in an imaginary Russian underworld of gangs, drugs, violence and lust. 

Finnish youngster Vera Maksimovna with Russian roots struggles to find the balance between two cultures and national identities. The only person who accepts her is her best friend Tarkkis who has vanished. While searching the streets of the restless suburbs, Vera encounters Slava, a young and attractive guy who promises to lead her to the lost friend. Suddenly, Vera is swiped away and finds herself under the neon lights of Elm, an odd parallel world and its eternal night. Vera discovers that her best friend is a member of the local gang Gorky, lead by dreadful witch Baba Yaga who gobbles up naughty children. Vera has no choice but to join the gang and fight for her life against other gangs and beings of the dark world.

  

 

The Neon City series is an urban fantasy for adults, inspired by Slavic mythology, Russian culture and 80’s movies and music. Carrying themes include otherness, social isolation, the threat of sexual violence and the clash of collectivistic and individualistic cultures.

Packed with twists and turns, the series is an entertaining crossover fantasy debut that swipes away the reader. 

The first book of the series Neon City is nominated for the 2021 Kuvastaja award. 

An impressive 80’s themed dark fantasy debut. Set in an imaginary Russian underworld of gangs, drugs, violence and lust. 

Finnish youngster Vera Maksimovna with Russian roots struggles to find the balance between two cultures and national identities. The only person who accepts her is her best friend Tarkkis who has vanished. While searching the streets of the restless suburbs, Vera encounters Slava, a young and attractive guy who promises to lead her to the lost friend. Suddenly, Vera is swiped away and finds herself under the neon lights of Elm, an odd parallel world and its eternal night. Vera discovers that her best friend is a member of the local gang Gorky, lead by dreadful witch Baba Yaga who gobbles up naughty children. Vera has no choice but to join the gang and fight for her life against other gangs and beings of the dark world.

  

 

info

  • Year of publication

    2020

  • Original title

    Neonkaupunki

  • Page count

    300

  • Original publisher

    Like Publishing

  • Original language of publication

    Finnish

  • Series

    Neon City

Awards & Nominations

Nominations

  • Kuvastaja award

    2021

Authors

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