The Silver Mask
A well-written flintlock and alchemy fantasy novel infused with a healthy dose of social pomp and political intrigue – Fantasy Book Review.
I should’ve read this ages ago! The Silver Mask is engaging right from the start, throwing us into a story full of falling stars, murder, hidden cults and political intrigue – Books to Combat the Rain.
His crafting of Vasini is stellar…The plot is fast moving, engaging, and completely addictive. – Book Odyssey.
A thoroughly entertaining read…with an interesting history and magic systems – Paper Plane Book Reviews.
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The gods and goddesses are dead, killed two hundred years ago.
With their destruction the moon split apart, the sun dwindled and the land was devastated. Civilisation has re-emerged from the carnage, but twisted creatures still prowl the savage Wildlands between the city-states.
In the skies above the city of Vasini, a falling star, a fragment of the dead moon goddess Serindra, heads to earth. In the Palace district, Dame Vittoria Emerson, darling of the city, has been found dead, lying amongst her own vomit.
As Captain Marcus Fox of the Inspectorate hunts the killer, Dr. Elizabeth Reid searches for the remnants of Serindra determined to make sure the poisonous quicksilver it contains is not used. With Vittoria’s death threatening to draw the city’s political elite into a war of assassins, Fox and Reid must rush to expose the secrets that lie within Vasini before they tear the city-state apart.
On the Oppression of Man – An extract from a long essay attacking the continued influence of the deities and priesthood on humanity.
The Founding Laws – The laws set in place upon the re-founding of Vasini after the fall of the deities.
The Government – Vasini is ruled by seven elected officials, which are scrutinised by seven elected médiateurs.
The New Philosophies – Since the fall of the deities, the city-states have seen a proliferation of new philosophies trying to make sense of the world without the use of religious doctrine.
Rasah – Before the fall of the deities, Rasah was the goddess associated with obligations, promises and contracts.