Here’s some news on the next book: the current storylines in Magebreakers are all coming to a thrilling conclusion in The Mage War! I may go back to Tane and Kadka’s world for more, but if so, it’ll be all-new adventures, and I’ve got some other projects I’m excited to work on as well. But for now I’m well into working on book 5, and I apologize for the lack of information. Real life has been getting in the way.
To that end, I have instated a plan to allow me to focus more on writing and get more books out faster. I believe they call it Patreon. The hope is to make things a bit more stable re: this writing gig, and also provide supporters with some early access to drafts, chapters of my works in progress, the occasional short story, and whatever else strikes my fancy. The first chapter of The Mage War is already up there for patrons, so if you’re interested, check it out! Here’s the link again! And if not, that’s cool too! If you’re reading this at all it probably means you’ve already supported me in some way, so I appreciate you either way.
In any case, keep your eyes peeled for The Mage War in the coming months, and happy reading!
The Spirit Siphon is now available in paperback format! If you’ve been waiting for that physical copy to read it, grab it here.
It’s been a rough year with a bunch of delays on the book, but at last I can happily say that the fourth Magebreakers novel is out! The Spirit Siphon is available now on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, or various other Amazons of your choice. I hope everyone enjoys Tane and Kadka’s continued adventures!
Here’s the blurb:
When an airship crashes under mysterious circumstances, the Magebreakers find themselves embroiled in an investigation that takes them across the Audish Channel to foreign shores. In Belgrier, many blame Audish sabotage for the accident, and for the death of the influential nobleman on board—a dear friend of the Belgrian Kaiser. And if Tane and Kadka can’t prove otherwise, it could become a diplomatic catastrophe.
But the suspicion of a government that views all Audlanders as dangerous pro-magical radicals isn’t the Magebreakers’ greatest concern. Nor is the constant obstruction of the Belgrian Guardswoman assigned to supervise them. It’s the possibility that an outside hand is influencing events—an enemy they’ve encountered before.
And if the would-be emperor gets his way, it’s going to mean war.
I’m pretty behind on this, but The Dragon Machine is available now! Grab it in paperback or ebook formats on Amazon!
Here’s the blurb:
A missing girl leads the Magebreakers into a deadly race, with her life as the prize.
Thaless is still reeling from the actions of the assassin known as the Emperor’s Mask, and in the aftermath, believers in magical superiority have been greatly emboldened. When a goblin girl named Tinga Vreeg goes missing, it seems like a tragic consequence of the atmosphere of hostility and anger toward the non-magical. But when Tane and Kadka investigate, they find a much deeper mystery. Tinga isn’t the only one missing—and she might have been on the trail of something important herself.
Maybe something that can explain the impossible strength and speed of the killers trying to track her down. Or the silver fire burning in their eyes.
But one thing is certain: if Tane and Kadka don’t find her first, someone is going to make sure that Tinga never tells anyone what she knows.
I’m making my long unavailable fantasy short story, The Last Hero, available for free to everyone who subscribes to my mailing list! I’ve given it a new and improved edit and cover, so even if you already have it, you might prefer this version. Click here to subscribe and grab it!
Here’s a quick synopsis:
The world of man has fallen. Their armies are routed, their cities razed, their holy places desecrated. The greatest heroes of mankind have been defeated, one by one, seeking the architect of this destruction. At the top of a mountain at the end of the world, one man continues their quest.
Is he the last hero of humanity?
Or is he merely the last to die?
The second Magebreakers book, The Emperor’s Mask, is available now on Amazon! Grab it here!
Here’s a quick blurb if you’re on the fence:
A killer walks among the rich and powerful. Who can the Magebreakers trust?
Someone is killing the non-magical members of Senate houses–those who might one day be named Protector of the Realm. And that same someone is leaving behind messages for the Magebreakers beside symbols of the shadowy organization known as the Knights of the Emperor. Under suspicion from the constabulary, Tane and Kadka are drawn into the investigation to prove their innocence.
What they find is that Audish politics are as dangerous as any Porthaven back-alley. Suddenly, they’re surrounded by the most powerful figures in the Protectorate, every one with a different agenda. Telling allies from enemies has never been harder, but Tane and Kadka will have to find someone to trust if they’re going to bring the killer to justice.
Their lives–and the future of the Protectorate–depend on it.
The next Magebreakers novel is coming along quickly, and should be ready near the end of the year. For now, enjoy the first few chapters! And if you like it, sign up here to receive an email when it’s released.
Work is progressing quickly on the next Magebreakers novel, titled The Emperor’s Mask. These books are very quick to write, so it ought to be a matter of months. If you enjoyed The Flaw in All Magic, check back here often for updates on the release! Or just sign up for my mailing list to be notified when it comes out.
Here’s a quick blurb about the plot:
Someone is killing the non-magical members of Senate houses–those who might one day be named Protector of the Realm. And that someone is leaving taunting messages for the Magebreakers beside symbols of a shadowy organization known as the Knights of the Emperor. Under suspicion from the constabulary, Tane and Kadka are drawn into the investigation to prove their innocence.
What they find is that Audish politics are as dangerous as any Porthaven back-alley. Suddenly, they’re surrounded by the most powerful figures in the Protectorate, every one with a different agenda. Telling allies from enemies has never been harder, but Tane and Kadka will have to find someone to trust if they’re going bring the killer to justice.
Their lives–and the future of the nation–depend on it.
My latest novel is out: The Flaw in All Magic, book one of the Magebreakers series. It’s a fantasy mystery thriller set in a world of magic-powered steampunk-like technology. I’m going to be writing these (or other shorter novels like them) fairly regularly, to fill the space between longer releases, because I don’t want to go another five years between books. I hope you like it!
You can get it here on Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074Q4C66B/
Or on Amazon.ca: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B074Q4C66B/
And here’s a synopsis:
In a city that runs on magic, it takes a man with none to solve an impossible murder.
Tane Carver was once the best student at the world’s most prestigious university of magical technology, even as a human amid elves and gnomes and sprites and more. The only problem was, he couldn’t cast a single spell. And when the truth came out, everything he’d worked for came crashing down.
But when a student is murdered on campus behind supposedly unbreakable wards, Tane is summoned to figure out how. Should be easy enough, for the man who fooled the university’s best diviners and detection spells for years. Except he’s not counting on the head constable being an old flame who isn’t so fond of him anymore. Or on Kadka, the half-crazy half-orc who insists she’s his partner—whether he likes it or not.
Not to mention the masked mage who keeps trying to kill him.
Now, Tane’s survival depends on the one truth that has never failed him. The flaw in all magic that those who have it prefer to ignore: the mage.
Outsmart the mage, and you outsmart the spell.
And outsmarting mages is what Tane does best.
The Swampling King is out in paperback. If that’s what you’re into, grab it on Createspace (where I get a higher cut in royalties) or on Amazon if you prefer.