A simple mistake, to fall in love.
Worse, to bear the child in secret.
Worst of all is when her baby is stolen at the birth.
A mother will do anything, travel all worlds, through times and planes and dimensions, even beyond hell, for her child.
Chiri’s first concern should be the safety of her daughter, but as the Gate-Keeper responsible for the lives of millions, those now in grave peril due to her error, she must choose.
Will she sacrifice the search for her child, or abandon her world to the fate decreed in the Cards?
M said: I enjoyed the book. It read like a short story — very fast paced, very focused on plot. I got caught up in Chiri’s desires. … I liked the way it was a growing mystery enfolded in a sci-fi thriller.
L said: Congratulations! It’s so beautifully written, so polished. …writing is so engaging and therefore held my interest. I wanted to keep reading throughout, it’s a page turner! I love the sense of place with Camberwell, too, the markets and the junction. It’s real and grounded. The later scene where the junction itself becomes the portal is really good. I can visualise it all so perfectly. The pace of the scenes … is great. It’s edgy and I felt all the emotions that Chiri was going through.
I loved it, Cage – not a genre I normally read, so thank you for the introduction to it, and for the privilege of being an early reader. Best wishes for a best seller!
C said: Fast paced from the start; I was completely enthralled with her fears and journey. I would recommend this to the person who wants something interesting and different. Not witches, not warlocks, but enough arcane mixed with soft sci-fi, and in places we can see, smell, and hear. Loved it. GoodReads
The rules of kingship have been lost with lack of care and the passing of time, but when the Prince retaliates against the Daughter of the Holy when she refuses to marry him and ensures she is sentenced to death by pyre for refusing him so publicly, the old ways reawaken, and the people remember and enforce the word of rule.
Landis must ensure the Daughter of the Father Holy lives. Not an easy task when she speaks up in the wrong places at the wrong times and says the wrong things to annoy the wrong people.
When the laws of the land have languished and staled into cruelty, Landis, RSM, an ordinary soldier, is given the task to ensure the Daughter of the Father Holy, brought forth to renew the Faith of the Scriptures, lives despite the sentence of Death by Pyre. Can he succeed against an arrogant Prince and an evil Queen?
Fantasy Allegory, Conservation.
Australia is hosting the International Conference for Creatures of Magic and their Representatives. Standard procedure, a bit of a lark for the delegates. Nothing ever changes. Except this time.
Kraken abdicates. Dragon resigns.
The host country must provide Candidates to undertake the Test of the Puzzle of the Ages. If they fail, Cat becomes Overall Ruler of Magic, the Overlord, the King of all he surveys, by the Law of Singularity.
Uh-uh – no way! Cocky won’t let a bird-killer Cat lord it over the Creatures of Air. Never. Not on his sticky-beaking watch. But it can’t be done by one – all must succeed, or all fail. Who Will Become the Overall Ruler of Magic on Earth?
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Trapped into potential slavery, no choices. Neesa plans her escape, prepares for the day she can be free to make her own choices. But on the day of Allocation, she’s accused of cheating, of manipulating the List, and when the Master of Horse comes to claim her as his student, the Master of Gold refuses. He has other plans for her, and none of them involve her remaining alive for long.
The only chance she has is to run into the desert of death, the red desert, and chase the Master of Horse. Better a death by desert than from the cruel hands of the Master of Gold.
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At The Back Door
Friends for Life
Not His Name!
The Shocking Toilet
A Word or Two
The Black Stump
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