They never should have moved to Murphy . . .
Cadi Shaw doesn’t take much from humans – an ampoule of blood, a few snips of hair, maybe a toenail or two. Nothing essential. Nothing life-threatening. Harmless Ceilidh sigils, Cadi collects the ingredients for her brother Torvi’s healing spells while he sells remedies for arthritis and minor ailments in his store.
But not all sigils are harmless. One night, three badly wounded Nychos break in and threaten Torvi, forcing Cadi to procure for them to spare his life. But they want a lot more than human blood or hair to work the spells keeping them alive. Far more.
She knows they’re out there somewhere . . .
Cadi Shaw wants to flee Murphy, but she can’t bear leaving everyone she loves behind. After the fire destroyed their last lair, there has been no sign of the five blood thirsty Nychos diminishments. Memories of being their procurer still haunt her days and nights and Cadi hopes they have left the area for good.
They haven’t. An attack on a church at Christmas Eve proves that they are still here, desperate for humans to fulfill their spells. Kidnappings, stampedes, and deaths are becoming more commonplace in Murphy, leaving Cadi no choice but to do the one thing she fears. Fight them.
Robberies. Disappearances. Murders. Murphy is growing more dangerous by the day as the Nychos tighten their grip on the city. Cadi Shaw wants to bring an end to this vicious pack of diminishments, but first she has to find them. With few clues, that is proving to be no easy task.
But she isn’t stopping, not until they’re dead. Or she is.
Ambress ad’Allace, born to the lowest caste of nobility, must marry well to have any chance of a better life. Since childhood, she has been tutored in the art of making a match with a son of the Fiefe, but the odds are against her. However, Ambress has one possession that would make her the envy of even the royals in her land: an incomplete set of ancient necklaces full of talismanic magic.
Growing up perilously on the edge of higher society, Ambress hopes these necklaces are her key to landing a noble boy and securing her future. But despite all her tutoring, she falls in love with the slave boy Prandor, even though marriage is not for love but title. Ambress cannot possibly give herself to Prandor, who has had her heart since they were children. Or can she? In a world where the lines between the classes are thick, and one misstep spells ruin for generations to come, is there any magic that allows them each other?
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When tensions explode between the Earth colonists and the native inhabitants on Nasa, a gas attack upon the cities wrenches people’s souls from their bodies and reorders them at random. Avan opens his eyes to a cornfield, wearing a stranger’s clothes and with mere minutes to find shelter before the deadly swarm of insects arises at sunset.
When any face could hide the soul of a loved one, Avan struggles to locate his younger brother Fong and their foster sisters among the millions of casualties in a world plunging into chaos. Weaving sinuously between characters and time, The Dammerung explores the collapse and reconstruction of a society through one family caught in the aftermath.