Marian Coman’s “Fingers and other fantastic stories”, Dan Doboș’s “The Abbey”, George Lazăr’s “The Guardian Angel”, Ioana Vișan’s “Human Instincts” and “Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks” and Snowdon King’s (pseudonym of Ionuţ Caragea) “Uezen” are all Romanian speculative fiction works available in English. But if all of these rang a bell for one reason or another, the news of another Romanian writer being published in English seemed to come out of nowhere. Out of nowhere for me, because I am certain that there are plenty of people who are not as clueless or oblivious as me to the debut of Şerban Andrei Mazilu. “The Angellove Society: Crux” was released last month by WheelMan Press in both physical and electronic editions, it is the first installment in a trilogy and the debut novel of Şerban Andrei Mazilu. The interesting thing about “The Angellove Society: Crux” is that the novel is not available in Romanian and despite of a series of short stories written so far by Şerban Andrei Mazilu he makes his full debut in English. Nothing wrong with it, the Romanian book market is a very strange beast and the speculative fiction niche stranger still. I can only wish him the best and while doing so I am off to get me a copy of the novel and start reading it as soon as possible.
Şerban Andrei Mazilu lives in Constanţa, was born on 11th February 1983 and he is a navy officer. He studied for two years at the Romanian-Canadian University of Journalism in Brașov, the courses of the Ovidius University in Constanţa, specializing in technical engineering and welding, and between 2004 and 2009 he enrolled at the Maritime Academy, to become a deck officer in the commercial navy. He blogs at The Cat Factor.
“The Angellove Society: Crux” might not be available in Romanian yet, but it will have a book launch in Bucharest on 9th February at Trinity College Pub where readers can meet the author, watch the book trailer in premiere and get signed copies of the novel. More information about Şerban Andrei Mazilu’s “The Angellove Society: Crux” can be found on the publisher’s website or on the book’s Facebook page.
The mysterious planet Crux suffers silently with a terrible ancient curse. Holy entities and scheming lords of Hell manipulate their children like pawns in an agonizingly long game of chess, while the first Cherub Innanna, creator of the realm and savior of the Nephalem, is shackled inside a pocket dimension in eternal exile. Meanwhile a savior – the mysterious Nilithar - is summoned to Crux.
The events to follow haven’t caught only the attention of the Cruxians, but the Angellove Society’s as well. The fabled group investigates the ancient prophecy through Thomas and Andrew, a powerful half-vampire and a mage of unthinkable potential, who travel across galaxies to find the girl.
Forces beyond imagination will clash in an epic battle of Light versus Darkness, as Crux changes not only its landscape, but its inhabitants as well, and the strangest and most unlikely of heroes will rise and stand against complete annihilation.