Inside Vasini – Transference

When the deities were destroyed two hundred years ago, it devastated the land. At the same time, twisted beasts began to appear in the wilderness. Though civilisation has re-emerged in the form of city-states and other, smaller, walled enclaves, the Wildlands between these settlements are still the territory of the twisted beasts.

These twisted beasts have inspired the philosophy of Transference, which looks to understand where these creatures came from, discern their nature, and to understand what humanity’s relationship should be with them.

Beasts of the Wildands: Tales From Vasini II is released on 19 January 2022. You can pre-order on Kindle now.

A Divided River giveaway

US people

In celebration of Beasts of the Wildlands, the second book of the Tales From Vasini series, coming out in 9 weeks away, I’m running a Goodreads giveaway of A Divided River: Tales From Vasini I.

You have a chance to win one of 100 Kindle editions of A Divided River.

You can enter here.

You have until 7 December.

Everyone

Beasts of the Wildlands is out on 19 January 2023. Pre-orders for the Kindle edition are open and can be found here:

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Beasts of the Wildlands available for pre-order

My new flintlock fantasy book Beasts of the Wildlands: Tales From Vasini II will be released on 19 January 2023. That’s just 10 weeks away. It will be good to put it out into the world after working on it (along side other things) since 2017.

You can pre-order it on Kindle here:

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And here is what you’ll find inside…

The deities were destroyed two hundred years ago. The moon split apart, the sun dwindled and the land was devastated. Civilisation has re-emerged from the carnage, but beasts, twisted by the ravages of the dying gods and goddesses, still prowl the savage Wildlands between the city-states.

Each year, as winter turns to spring, twisted beasts drift into the farmlands surrounding the city-state of Vasini, threatening herds and livelihoods. In The Hunters, Addy Blake, an apprentice hunter, is hired with her mistress and master to hunt down a beast that is killing shepherds and destroying flocks of sheep. But, as they hunt the beast, it becomes clear that there is more than simple hunger behind why the creature is there.

Out in the Wildlands, small independent settlements eek out an existence in walled enclaves free from the interference of the city-states. In In the Ruins of the Deities, one such settlement is asked for aid by a visitor from Vasini. It is down to Nate Tyler and his band of hunters to take the visitor on an expedition through the Wildlands to an abandoned estate. But can they survive against the beasts that now claim the land as their territory and why is the visitor so interested in the ruin?

Tales From Vasini is a companion series of short stories and novellas to The Vasini Chronicles novel series. It tells stories of the wider world of Vasini and its environs. Beasts of the Wildlands contains the novellas The Hunters and In the Ruins of the Deities.

The Theatre of Shadows on Apple Books

The Theatre of Shadows, the second part of The Vasini Chronicles, will be available on Apple Books from 18 April, you can pre-order it now. You can find it here if you’re in the UK or on your local Apple Books store.

In other news

Whilst I’m here, a very quick update on some of the things I’m working on.

I’m now 94k words into writing The Vasini Chronicles III. I’m past half way on the first draft, but it’s looking more and more like it’s going to be longer than I originally thought it would be. I should know by now that everything ends up longer than I expect it to be.

Beasts of the Wildlands Tales From Vasini II – is being edited. It needs a little bit more work than I hoped it would, but I’m getting closer to being able to put it out into the world.

A quick thank you

Thank you to any and all of you who have bought The Theatre of Shadows over the past two weeks. I hope you’re enjoying it. Should you feel so inclined, please don’t forget to leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Even a handful of words can help.

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It’s here – The Theatre of Shadows is released into the world

It’s here. It’s here. It’s finally here. My new flintlock fantasy novel The Theatre of Shadows: The Vasini Chronicles II is out in the world.

It’s available on Kindle and in paperback here:

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I hope you all enjoy reading it.

The Theatre of Shadows
Book Two of
The Vasini Chronicles

The adventures of Drs. Marcus Fox &
Elizabeth Reid continue…

In the two centuries since the fall of the deities, only a score of city-states have risen from the ashes of their destruction. Foremost amongst them is Vasini — a city divided by politics, class, and philosophies. A city with a threat in every shadow.

Six months have passed since the events of The Silver Mask. Over the winter months, Vasini was plagued by Gareth Miller, the Winter Fayre Killer, who murdered 17 people before he was captured by Lieutenant David Locke. The city now waits for Miller to be hanged. But when Miller escapes gaol, ready to terrorise Vasini’s streets once more, Locke must hunt the murderer again to stop him from claiming more lives.

As Miller flees into Vasini’s streets, Joseph Bastin, ambassador to Vasini for the city-state of Laège, is assassinated in a brothel. With the threat of political repercussions for the death, it is up to Dr. Marcus Fox, newly appointed Commandant of Police, to find the ambassador’s killer.

Fox’s investigation soon leads to a suspect, someone who has been investigating links between the Laège embassy and the worship of the dead deities – his ally, Dr. Elizabeth Reid.

Now, Elizabeth and her friend, Catherine, must act quickly to clear her name before she is found by someone who doesn’t believe her claims of innocence and she’s forced to dance the hangman’s jig.

But these events are only a prelude for what is to come.

The stage is set. The actors are in position. The play can begin.

The Theatre of Shadows is the second part of The Vasini Chronicles, a series of flintlock-and-alchemy fantasy novels set in the city-state of Vasini.

Inside Vasini – The Winter Fayre Killer is captured

There’s just two days until the release of The Theatre of Shadows: The Vasini Chronicles II on 15 July.

Soon you’ll be able to rejoin the adventures of Drs. Marcus Fox and Elizabeth Reid as they investigate the mysteries surrounding the death of Ambassador Joseph Bastin of Laège and the escape of Gareth Miller, the Winter Fayre Killer.

I’ve previously mentioned the murder of Josephine Addams, the Winter Fayre Killer’s first victim, here.

Over the next three months, Gareth Miller would kill a further 16 people across Vasini. At first, the murders were not linked by the city’s inspectorate, with no connections between the victims, with the crimes being committed across multiple districts.

However, when a series of eight murders happened over one week, three of whom were killed in one night, all around the Farrier’s Square and southern Ferrymen’s districts, it became apparent that the bodies — marked by the ferocity of the attacks and the lack of motive — were likely the victims of the same killer.

With the suspicion falling on a single killer, the investigation into the murders was assigned to Lieutenant David Locke of the Palace District Inspectorate, Dr. Marcus Fox’s former sergeant. But the lack of motive and the apparent randomness of the victims meant that there was little evidence to point to a suspect.

Miller was only caught by luck, when the knife he had used in what was to be his final murder, was found with the victim. It was marked with the name of the shambles where Miller worked.

Below is a report from the The Guardian, one of Vasini’s newssheets, that tells of the final capture of Miller. (The newssheets’ interest in the murders was high throughout the investigation and they harassed Locke for more and more information. Much to Locke’s annoyance, they frequently got something wrong in their reporting, the least of which was how to spell his surname.)

You can pre-order The Theatre of Shadows: The Vasini Chronicles II on Kindle here (or try your local Amazon store if you’re outside of the UK).

The Theatre of Shadows – Almost there

Only three days to go until The Theatre of Shadows: The Vasini Chronicles II is released on 15 July.

I may be getting a little over excited.

You can pre-order your copy on Kindle here:

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If you’re on Goodreads you can find details and add it to your To Read list here.

The Theatre of Shadows
Book Two of
The Vasini Chronicles

The adventures of Drs. Marcus Fox &
Elizabeth Reid continue…

In the two centuries since the fall of the deities, only a score of city-states have risen from the ashes of their destruction. Foremost amongst them is Vasini — a city divided by politics, class, and philosophies. A city with a threat in every shadow.

Six months have passed since the events of The Silver Mask. Over the winter months, Vasini was plagued by Gareth Miller, the Winter Fayre Killer, who murdered 17 people before he was captured by Lieutenant David Locke. The city now waits for Miller to be hanged. But when Miller escapes gaol, ready to terrorise Vasini’s streets once more, Locke must hunt the murderer again to stop him from claiming more lives.

As Miller flees into Vasini’s streets, Joseph Bastin, ambassador to Vasini for the city-state of Laège, is assassinated in a brothel. With the threat of political repercussions for the death, it is up to Dr. Marcus Fox, newly appointed Commandant of Police, to find the ambassador’s killer.

Fox’s investigation soon leads to a suspect, someone who has been investigating links between the Laège embassy and the worship of the dead deities – his ally, Dr. Elizabeth Reid.

Now, Elizabeth and her friend, Catherine, must act quickly to clear her name before she is found by someone who doesn’t believe her claims of innocence and she’s forced to dance the hangman’s jig.

But these events are only a prelude for what is to come.

The stage is set. The actors are in position. The play can begin.

The Theatre of Shadows is the second part of The Vasini Chronicles, a series of flintlock-and-alchemy fantasy novels set in the city-state of Vasini.

Inside Vasini – Laège

There’s now a little over a week until the The Theatre of Shadows is out on 15 July. Therefore, it’s time for another insight into the world of Vasini. Or in this case, the world beyond Vasini.

Vasini is one of no more than a score of city-states that have arisen in the 200 hundred years since the devastation wrought by the fall of the deities and the rebellions against the old order of the priests that followed.

Vasini’s closest neighbour of note is Laège, a much smaller city-state located a couple of hundred miles north through the Wildlands. Its current ambassador is Monsieur Joseph Bastin.

Below is an aide memoire on Laège prepared for Philippe Reno, the current Comte de Vasini, by one of his staff.

You can pre-order The Theatre of Shadows: The Vasini Chronicles II on Kindle here (or try your local Amazon store if you’re outside of the UK).