Grace and Cera have opened their shop and everything should be great. Except it soon becomes apparent that they really don’t know each other as well as they thought.
The beast that has made Shack Town its stalking ground and the poor its prey becomes a blessed distraction.
Unfortunately for them, the creature’s keeper is just getting started and before they know it they’re in more trouble than they ever anticipated.
Meanwhile, Cadence’s short tenure as a member of the Tyres City Council is coming to an end. The Tyresians are throwing off the yoke of Kaden Republic rule. It looks like nothing can prevent an agent of the Necromancers from winning the upcoming elections and becoming Mayor of Tyres City.
Cadence isn’t about to let that happen. She has a plan that involves a retired general, obscure bits of regulation, and the cooperation of a number of stray cats that just happen to live in all of Tyres City’s major institutions.
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The series isn’t a multi-volume epic, each hundreds of pages, with no end in sight. It’s six stories, each around 35 000 to 40 000 words long, each one readable as a yarn in its own right, but with character arcs that span the entire series.
And I’m not going to die leaving the series unfinished. All six stories are already completed and ready and will be published over the next few months.
That isn’t to say that the world-building done here is disposable. There are more stories to be told about Alaentera and the Atani continent. Exploring a world by following the same old characters for thousands of pages with no closure isn’t the only way to write fantasy.
Fantasy used to be cheap, short, and cheerful—back when it was called sword and sorcery, that is.
Maybe not cheerful, unless you’d call Conan hacking people and stuff to bits cheerful.
Which I would, so, hell, I’m sticking with it.
(I’m digressing again, aren’t I?)
Cheap and short. Fantasy epics have become so epic that if you’d spend as much time studying as you need to get into a single series, you’d end up with three degrees from Cambridge with a diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Bristol City College thrown in for laughs.
Scary stuff. A bit of violence. Monsters. Sorcerers and Necromancers. People you like chopping people you don’t like into tiny bits. Throw in a bit of romance there for variety and you’ve got fantasy as it should be: fun.
A little bit here, a little bit there, I wouldn’t call it the main plot, but it’s where the heart of the story lies.
(Yeah, I know. I couldn’t resist using that line. It made me laugh. So sue me.)
Characters and their relationships are the motive power of most stories, the engine that drives them. This one’s no different. Characters aren't emotionally invested in destroying zombies, wraith-knights, or wolf-beasts. The stuff that keeps them going is internal and of all the stuff that goes on in there, love is the biggie.
If you still have doubts, Amazon lets you return a kindle ebook if you ask for it within seven days of purchase. If you aren’t satisfied with the book, the formatting, change your mind, whatever, they'll give your money back. Just go have a look at their return policy.
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The first story is free and the rest have generous samples
At this length each story is less a tv miniseries and more a night out at the movies. You bring the popcorn.