Gods and Tyrants: A Book of Hours
Five years before the events of Shadows Walking, Penny Foster is just the girl next door, assuming that girl is a genius with a collection of trained attack bats and a plan to create portable wormholes. But Penny's eccentric life takes a darker turn when personal tragedy draws her into the Guild of Poor Fellow-Soldiers, an organization of immortals and sorcerers sworn to protect the Earth.
From what, you ask? Well, for starters, a little distance away from her Philadelphia home, a man seems to have been killed by the Jersey Devil. An army of underground gnomes may be massing to attack the surface world. A former Knight Templar has gone rogue, and the only man who can stop him may be... Benjamin Franklin?
Just another day at the office in the world of A Book of Hours, but that world has never seen anything like Penny Foster, and it's even money whether she or the world itself will emerge intact from her introduction...
If you like this book, try Shadows Walking, the first entry in the Book of Hours series.
The prequel to the dark fantasy Shadows Walking, by Robert John Burke