With the Haurstaf decimated, the Unmer have seized the palace at Awl. The Unmer Prince Paulus Marquetta discovers an ally in the blind girl Ianthe, albeit a dangerous one. She has the power to destroy his mind with a single thought. But Ianthe's friendship with the Unmer has made her dangerous enemies.The exiled Unmer lord, Argusto Conquillas is determined to challenge the prince and his followers – and kill anyone who gets in his way. When the disgraced Gravedigger soldier Granger learns of his daughter’s danger, he must use every scrap of his cunning to protect her.
Even that may not be enough as the Unmer, in their quest to unlock the secrets of the universe, have made a bargain with a god . . . a deal that threatens to destroy the world.
Scott Lynch has praised Campbell's work, saying he 'mingles action and atmosphere with the grace of a seasoned pro. Trudi Canavan has also called Campbell's work 'visually rich' and the Daily Telegraph compared him to China Miéville.
Praise for Book One, Sea of Ghosts: ‘His invented world is one of the most bizarre, fascinating and dangerous it has been my pleasure to encounter . . . the story grips like a vice, filled with mystery and action’ The Times
Praise for Sea of Ghosts, book one of the Gravedigger Chronicles:
‘His invented world is one of the most bizarre, fascinating and dangerous it has been my pleasure to encounter . . . the story grips like a vice, filled with mystery and action, and there is a rich vein of black humour running through the strangeness’ The Times, 'Endlessly imaginative and impressively ambitious, but it's also a hugely fun adventure story that keeps up a relentless pace, leaving you with a cliff-hanger ending that will have you gasping for the next book in double-quick time’ Sci-Fi-London.com, ‘Sea of Ghosts is wonderful meaty stuff from Mr Campbell again – he’s a true original . . . engages you from page one and never lets go’ Neal Asher, ‘Rampant imagination is allied with unusually rich writing.’ Morning Star, ‘Sea of Ghosts is a highly entertaining novel highlighted by cinematic pacing, exhilarating action sequences, and unexpected moments of dark violence’ Fantasy Book Critic blog, ‘A fantasy that in both its conception and execution is vivid, bloody, enthralling and utterly atmospheric, the first of what should be a fantastic new series. Bravo’ BookGeeks.co.uk