Where would you live in Ordshaw?

Following Under Ordshaw‘s release, I’m sharing an article to give you a more rounded idea of the city and its neighbourhoods. Whether you’re familiar with its stories or are yet to explore the UK’s worst-behaved city, I hope you’ll agree it’s an interesting place to explore…

Here’s Veronica Hulme’s advice for anyone thinking to venture into Ordshaw (click the image below for the full article):

A little snippet from the intro:

Where to Live in Ordshaw?

Experiencing the most popular locations in the UK’s fastest-growing city

Among the many name’s it has adopted, one of Ordhsaw’s more favourable monikers is the UK’s Second City. It’s a controversial title, given that the population of Ordshaw is arguably smaller than that of Manchester or Birmingham, but the impact of Ordshaw’s cultural identity it’s hard to discount. Locals, in fact, may place it before even London. With dozens of uniquely characterful districts to choose from and a burgeoning commercial sector, it’s no wonder that people are flocking there in droves.

A City With Every View

At times, it seems that every environment you can imagine is contained somewhere within Ordshaw’s seven boroughs. Most choose Ordshaw for its hectic centre and lively urban communities, yet there are also leafy suburbs, country estates and an oft-forgotten coastline. From the high life of glass skyscrapers to the humble quiet of a modest bungalow, the choice is yours. So where do you start?

Central Ordshaw

It’s said that no one really lives in Ordshaw. A nighttime walk through Central tells you why: where the River Gader meets the financial district, the glass towers are filled with offices, not apartments. Though Central is alive with museums, galleries and coffee houses by day, at night and you’ll find the bustle of businessmen and tourists replaced by an eerie quiet. Few choose to live there, which is just as well, because the homes that are available in the area are beyond the budgets of most mere mortals.

New Thornton

The more obvious place to settle in Ordshaw is amongst the narrow, erratically winding streets of New Thornton, where factory workers’ tenements have been repurposed to offer some of the most sought-after properties in the country. Space comes at a a premium, so don’t expect a garden, but New Thornton balances its claustrophobia with almost everything else. As home to the Opera House, a dozen museums and some of the best restaurants in the city, you barely have to set foot outside to soak up the culture. It’s also the site of two of the UK’s top-graded schools, and Great Farling Railway Station provides exceptional travel connections.

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If you’d like to know about the city, see it through Pax’s eyes in the first book in the Ordshaw series, Under Ordshaw.

OUT NOW – be the first to pick up “Under Ordshaw”, at a bargain price

It’s finally here, the first entry in the Ordshaw series, available in eBook and paperback form. It was a joy to write, and from the initial responses I’ve received I think you’ll find it a joy to read, too. It’s up on Amazon in eBook and paperback format, and for its first weekend only it’s on offer at $0.99 / £0.99 on Kindle, in all territories (regular price $2.99). It’s free on KU, too, if you’re a member.urban fantasy novel

An abducted youth. A book of horrors. A city with a nightmarish secret.

Pax Kuranes has two simple ambitions: make rent and win a televised poker tournament. When a young man steals her bankroll and leaves behind a mysterious book and a string of murderous associates, her new ambition becomes to survive. To do that, she’s got to uncover exactly what he was into – and face what’s lurking under Ordshaw.

If you like your mysteries complex, gritty and teeming with monstrosities, you’ll love Phil Williams’ contemporary fantasy thriller. Take your first step into Ordshaw and learn why it’s so hard a city to leave…

If you missed the extended preview,  you can still get a look inside on Amazon to check out the beginning.

Now that it’s out the gates, I’m hard at work on the sequel, provisionally called Blue Angel (which may give you an idea of what’s on the horizon once you’ve read Under Ordshaw). It’s another fast-paced ride into the Ordshaw universe, and will bring us all much closer to understanding the Sunken City. And between the two novels, the stage will be set for something much broader. By the time we’ve unravelled Apothel’s secrets, you’ll see there’s room for masses of thrills to follow. I’ve already got three more books mapped out for the series, to say nothing of the half-dozen others lurking in the shady corners of my imaginarium.

But for now, we’ve got Under Ordshaw, and I trust you’ll find it a fitting beginning. Get it on offer now!