Review: Murder Over Kodiak by Robin Barefield


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25368273“To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world. — John Muir

Alaska is what happens when Willy Wonka and the witch from Hansel and Gretel elope, buy a place together upstate, renounce their sweet teeth, and turn into health fanatics. — Sloane Crosley

I love Alaskan mystery/suspense/adventure tales. There is just something about the landscape, the breathtaking beauty, and unusual characters that calls out to the wannabe homesteader in my soul. The person who could be perfectly happy in a cabin in the woods, surrounded by beauty on all sides, wild creatures, the scent of spruce, cedar and pine, the sound of an eagle’s cry.

Of course, the whole, “damn it’s COLD!”, the snow higher than the eves, and the mosquitoes larger than 747’s, and the idea of breaking a leg and being eaten by bears in the woods is rather off-putting . . . Grin. But I can still get a vicarious thrill from authors like the marvelous Dana Stabenow. And now, Robin L. Barefield. Ms. Barefield’s Murder Over Kodiak” is her second book, and it holds great promise as a new series for my lists.

There is much to recommend Murder Over Kodiak, and not just my rather obsessive love of Alaskan fiction. Dr. Jane Marcus is a research biologist posted to Kodiak Island. Located off the south coast of Alaska, separated from the mainland by the Shelikof Strait, Kodiak is the largest island in the Kodiak Archipelago. Isolated, often cut off from the continent by fog and vicious storms, Kodiak is a quiet island of oddballs and academics, rather boring but for the gossip. Until, that is, things start to fall apart.

Three people have died from PSP, paralytic shellfish poisoning, a saxitoxin found in shellfish, one of the more popular foodstuffs on the island. As a biologist for The Kodiak Braxton Marine Biology and Fisheries Research Center, it is Jane’s job to not only help develop a test for PSP that can be easily administered by those who dig shellfish for their dinner, but to identify the strain of toxin that killed the victims. When Jane sends Craig, her student and assistant, on his first solo trip to gather shellfish for testing she isn’t worried. Craig is methodical, cautious, and knowledgeable about the dangers inherent in the wilds of the island. Bears and poisonous plants abound, but Craig is more than competent. He can handle anything.

Anything, but the bombing of the airplane he shares with an oddly assorted cast of characters. Though Craig hasn’t an enemy in the world, all of the others, including the pilot, have their own set of enemies, any of which could make them the target for a devastating bomb. A much hated corporate raider, known for destroying companies and their owners. His Senator wife, involved in a hard fought reelection campaign with a possible Mexican drug cartel puppet. The much hated Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge manager, bullying others about the rules of the park but breaking them continuously for his own aggrandizement with his political cronies. And a local cannery owner whose bitter wife may or may not be involved. Then there is poor Bill, the sweet young pilot, whose ‘girlfriend’ is the epitome of a disturbed teenage girl. Any could be the target of  the bomb. But who was its intended target?

Things get even more ‘interesting’ in the Chinese manner as Jane’s life is threatened, the press arrives in a voracious hoard, and the suspect list grows. From the decidedly self-centred son of the Senator to possible Mexican cartel hitters, the terror cranks up to an unexpected, highly appealing climax.   Barefield uses her knowledge of Kodiak, its people, the ‘Alaskan Mindset’ and the ecology and weather of the island to create a beautifully crafted, and unexpected, novel.

The only thing that really bothered me about the novel, as with so many other self-published books, is the lack of editorial oversight. I am perfectly capable of immersing myself in novels, losing all sense of time. However, though it seems a small thing, improper adverb placement was completely distracting, bringing me crashing out of the story in irritation every few pages. Another issue I often see? Relying on spell check. It is a tool, much like a wrench or a screwdriver. It relies upon the wielder to utilize it correctly. Ms. Barefield could have paid a bit more attention. A few other issues, but minor.

Even given the editorial issues, this book touched the aspiring Alaskan in my soul. I will be reading the first book by Ms. Barefield when I can, and will watch for others by her. If you want to learn more about Kodiak and the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuse, visit Ms. Barefield here.

I received “Murder Over Kodiak” from StoryCartel in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

DSC_3769I live an incredible life in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness.  I hope to share my life with you and talk about Kodiak wildlife and the beautiful, and sometimes challenging, environment in which I live.

I have a master’s degree in fish and wildlife biology and have worked the last 30 years as a wildlife-viewing guide on Kodiak Island.  I am currently writing a book about the wildlife of Kodiak Island, so many of my blog posts will be dedicated to wildlife facts and news.

My husband and I own and operate Munsey’s Bear Camp, a hunting, fishing, and wildlife-viewing lodge.  It is a small lodge, and we only accommodate six people at a time, but these small groups are perfect for viewing wildlife, especially when we hike up a stream and sit quietly on the bank watching Kodiak bears chase and catch salmon.

Our lodge is our home, where we live year-round with our two cats.  We experience the breath-taking beauty of a sunset on a perfect July evening, and the raging 100 mph winds of a stormy January afternoon.

Wildlife biology is my first passion, and my second is writing mysteries.  The first rule of living in the wilderness is to embrace solitude and solitary endeavors.  Writing is the most solitary of endeavors, so it is perfect for me.  Mysteries are what I like to read, so mysteries are what I write.  I currently have one mystery, Big Game, published in 2012 and available at Amazon Kindle.  My second novel, Murder Over Kodiak, was published in April, 2015.

Please join me on my blog and interact in the discussion.  I look forward to meeting you, learning about your life, and sharing mine.


Hum… Well, I Could Certainly “Use” A Brain Reboot!


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I admit it. The old gray matter doesn’t work like it used to. Let’s face it – I spend way too much time wandering around the house looking for what I just had in my stinking hand!

This book has been on a lot of reading lists lately. The question is – is it all mumbo-jumbo? Cause I really, reallly would like to know where I put my Zune… or maybe it is just the Gremlins that live behind the baseboards? Hum…

HOPESBeing me, I started doing research. HOPES, Huntington’s Outreach Project for Education, at Stanford, has an interesting article online about diet and Neurogenesis that indicates that this is something we should all be paying attention to. The jury is still out, of course, as scientific studies take time. But as the last line of the article says, ” In conclusion, eating healthy might promote neurogenesis – but even if it does not, a healthy diet certainly will not hurt.”

I don’t know if this book is any good or not. I haven’t read it. But the idea is worth study, especially for us on the upper side of ** (grin). It does concern me that the author is not a physician or a scientist, but a psychologist. Not exactly the chops for writing a book based on scientific enquiry. I wouldn’t rely just on this book to gain all my information by any means. However, it might be a good starting place? It is $0.99, or Free if you have Kindle Unlimited. Then do some online research from the major medical research universities: Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc. and make your own decisions. It does sound interesting, though…

(The following information was taken from – I don’t take responsibility for anything said below!!)

“The most important book you’ll read this year.”

The Neurogenesis Diet and Lifestyle brings together the latest in neuroscience research to present a new and proven view of brain health and aging.

Only recently has it been discovered that the brain produces new brain cells throughout our entire lives, a process called neurogenesis. The rate at which we form new brain cells has a profound influence upon every aspect of our life. When the rate of neurogenesis is low, we see cognitive deficits and memory problems, anxiety and stress, depression, and lowered immunity. Life is difficult.

With high rates of neurogenesis we see the opposite: enhanced cognitive abilities, rapid learning, emotional resilience, protection from anxiety, stress and depression, heightened immunity and robust health. We flourish. Life is wonderful.

Given the neurotoxic norms of society, it’s almost universally true that your brain is working far below its capacity. It is deteriorating much faster than it needs to. What good is living longer if your brain can’t go the distance?

Recent discoveries in the emerging field of neurogenesis reveal the secrets to radically improve your brain’s health. You can operate at a higher level than you ever dreamed possible – at any age!

”A revolutionary paradigm shift in brain health and brain aging.”

This scientifically validated, 4-point program of diet and lifestyle will:
• Improve your memory and brain power
• Inoculate you against stress and depression
• Prevent or delay cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer’s
• Enrich your relationships and sex life
• Help you connect with your loving center of peace

This book presents the latest neuroscience discoveries to increase brain power, enhance memory, increase brain fitness by seeing what kinds of brain exercises actually work, and build a better brain. It contains dietary recommendations for brain food, brain vitamins, brain supplements, memory vitamins and memory supplements.

“This is the best book to give anyone over 50!”

This book also spells out the symptoms of dementia, the stages of dementia, signs of cognitive decline and stages of Alzheimer’s. The plan presented in The Neurogenesis Diet and Lifestyle will help to ward off cognitive decline and avoid dementia stages. This lifestyle is the only lifestyle for which there is scientific evidence supporting it, based on a late 2014 research study by the Buck Foundation.

The Neurogenesis Diet and Lifestyle is aimed at improving how your brain functions. Your rate of neurogenesis may be the most important factor in your brain health. And increasing your rate of neurogenesis by three to five times can result in powerfully improved memory, learning, cognitive enhancement, as well as improved immunity and protection against stress and depression.

You can live and perform well beyond where you are now.

For more information, please visit:

Tags: health, fitness, diet, happiness, mental health, neurogenesis, neuroscience

About Brant

Brant Cortright, Ph.DBrant Cortright, Ph.D., is the author of The Neurogenesis Diet and Lifestyle: Upgrade Your Brain, Upgrade Your Life and a brain health coach. He is a Professor of psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. As a licensed clinical psychologist he maintains a private practice in San Francisco that focuses on an integral/holistic and neuroscience-informed approach to brain health and depth psychotherapy. He specializes in depression, stress and anxiety, career and meaning, as well as relationship and intimacy issues.

He has authored two previous books, Integral Psychology and Psychotherapy and Spirit (both published by SUNY Press.) He speaks and gives workshops around the US, Europe and Asia.

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Release date April 8, 2015.

Morgan Freeman Is A Beekeeper!


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(My friend Ruth says that the last photo made Mr. Freeman look like Golem, so I changed it… don’t want to disrespect my crush! LOL!)

Here’s the deal. I don’t go ga-ga over “Stars”. Come on. Most of them get paid the megabucks for strutting around being ridiculous, stroking their own egos. Stage stars, screen stars, sports stars. Pft. Temper tantrums and entitlement. Heck – they could all be politicians. Oh, wait. Schwarzenegger did that. So did Regan. Well, There’s yer’ problem!

There are, however, certain actors that even I, Queen of The Anti-Grocery-Store-Checkout-Line-Yellow-Journalism-Rag Posse, cannot help but adore. One of those actors has always been Morgan Freeman. Come on – the man can actually ACT! And that voice? Sigh. It makes me all mushy inside. I am a sucker for a deep, melodious voice, so laugh all want. ;-)

Now, he makes me love him even more! He has such a great concern for the plight of the honeybee, that he’s now gone and made his 124-acre ranch in Mississippi a refuge for them.

Sigh…. my hero.

Send In The Clowns


Ohhhhh man!! It’s coming that time again . . . smarmy politicians taking over the airwaves, making promises they have no intention of keeping, paving paths of gold for corporations and the rich…. clear the way, I think I need to call the devil on the porcelain telephone….

Originally posted on The Mind of RD REVILO:

  • They’re At It Again
  • Each out falsifying to win
  • Making promises to help the poor
  • Just how many times
  • Have we heard this before
  • Yet, feeling stupid, is clamoring for more
  • The end result, just more war
  • A speech makes them teary
  • It makes me leery
  • Especially the smile
  • Given by a pedophile, to a child
  • While all the while
  • The pretender has a hidden agenda
  • Especially when selected as the winner
  • Then, back to the blame game
  • As things worsen or remain the same
  • Politicians sell daydreams
  • Religion sells hope
  • CEO’s sell schemes
  • At least doctors sell dope
  • The police make sure we cope
  • Or off to jail
  • Give them credit
  • The system seldomfails
  • Making people want what
  • They cannot have and never had
  • Making them believe
  • The only alternative to worse, is bad
  • No, it isn’t pathetic, but sorrilysad
  • No matter how much you rave…

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Review: The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi


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The Water Knife: A novel by Paolo BacigalupiThere is good evidence that Venus once had liquid water and a much thinner atmosphere, similar to Earth billions of years ago. But today the surface of Venus is dry as a bone, hot enough to melt lead, there are clouds of sulfuric acid that reach a hundred miles high and the air is so thick it’s like being 900 meters deep in the ocean. – Bill Nye

If we keep working at it, we can certainly become Venusian. All we have to do is continue the path we have begun. Global warming, climate change, worldwide drought. Yes, we are on our way to destruction, up the proverbial creek without water.

And water is what this story is all about. Honestly however, in a way it reminds me of those stereotypical 1950’s era monster movies. The Creature From the Black Lagoon, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Nuclear weapons were the fear then. And yes, they were worth being terrified of. But as horrifying as they are – this is a situation that it is hard to see any way out of.

Worldwide drought is becoming more and more feasible as a worldwide outcome of our continuing greed and carelessness. And The Water Knife has a good premise. However, its problem is that of being written more like a script for a B movie rather than a well-written novel. The stereotypes are a bit overwhelming, and though it is apparently meant to be exciting and breath-taking, it comes across as a simple genre piece rather than a work deserving of the attention it is receiving from the public. I just expected more – more realism regarding an extremely important ecological issue that can cost us more than we can ever expect to salvage.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.

Review: Dry Bones by Craig Johnson


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23281918“There are horrible people who, instead of solving a problem, tangle it up and make it harder to solve for anyone who wants to deal with it. Whoever does not know how to hit the nail on the head should be asked not to hit it at all.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

“In the end, there is no absence of irony: the integrity of what is sacred to Native Americans will be determined by the government that has been responsible for doing everything in its power to destroy Native American cultures.” — Winona LaDuke

Even after more than two centuries, the Native Americans still get short shrift. And once again, in this newest installment of the Walt Longmire saga, the Cheyenne suffer again. The Absaroka County tribe has much to celebrate when the bones of probably largest and most intact T. Rex skeleton ever found is discovered on Danny Lone Elk’s ranch. Well, until Danny is found murdered, his body being consumed by snapping turtles in a pond on his property. Thus begins a scene as familiar as those known through history, as Danny’s family, the Cheyenne, the High Plains Dinosaur Museum, and of course the all-knowing (Pft…) feds all jump in to claim the skeleton designated as “Jen”.

I have to admit – I am a long-time Longmire fan. Walt is, well, I would call him a broken man. The death of his wife pretty much destroyed his life, turning him to alcohol binges and isolation. He is deeply flawed, but still brilliant. Surrounded by his friends and colleagues, undersheriff Victoria “Vic” Moretti who has her own issues, and his best friend from the way back times of elementary school onward, Henry Standing Bear, Walt and company are once more up to their proverbial necks in bureaucracy and diplomacy, pompous FBI agents, pretentious politicians and other members of the creepier classes of politicized scum. And then, of course, reporters, the lowest possible class of stupidity.

Saizarbitoria and Double Tough return, and Walt’s daughter returns as well, with his first grandchild, Lola, whose namesake is Henry’s Baltic-blue 1959 Thunderbird convertible. All this is good, very very good – until tragedy hits. Tragedy that could destroy this most intelligent and fragile lawman I have loved for so very long. Yep. I cried.

This whole series is amazingly well done, this one especially. With bits of humour, deep pain, engaging characters and a remarkable storyline, Johnson once more delivers an amazing story. I can’t recommend the series highly enough. Be ready to sit down, strap in, and go for an incredible ride.

I received this book from Penguin Publishing in return for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own. The best thing is? George Guidall reads the Audible edition – and I have it on my purchase list. Mr. Guidall is one of my favorite narrators!

Listen to the FIRST Walt Longmire book, The Cold Dish! Click the cover below.

The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery | [Craig Johnson]

Prairie School Architecture. Plus.


I had to reblog this from Walking Woman. I adore Prairie architecture, but the first two statues are so gorgeous as well!

Originally posted on WALKING WOMAN:

26 May 2015 – Let’s start with the Plus, because it really is very, very nifty. In the parkland in front of the Mason City Public Library stands this status: “Circle of Friends,” by Karen  Crain.

"Circle of Friends" in front of Mason City Public Library

Charming without being saccharine & entirely appropriate for a public library, you think. All true — but the story is even better than that. Each year, River City Sculptures on Parade, Inc. (not-for-profit, despite that “Inc”), in partnership with Sculpture One Network, invites artists to lend the city one of their works of art for one year. The sculptures are displayed in a big walking-tour loop around the city, and are available for sale. So: good art for the city; good marketing opp for the artists.

On top of that, each year people are invited to vote for the People’s Choice award. Whichever sculpture wins, is purchased by the city and kept on display.

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Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1) by Garth Nix $1.99 Today


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When I saw that Sabriel was on sale for $1.99 on Amazon today, it brought to mind just how much I had enjoyed the book. It is advertised as YA, but it is much more than that. Anyone who is knowledgeable of Garth Nix’s work knows he is a wonderful writer, and the Abhorsen series proves that over and over again.

I read Sabriel and Lirael back when they were first published, and I remember loving them, but I never wrote reviews. I simply wasn’t doing that back then. Some time I will read all the books and post reviews, but for right now, if you haven’t read the Abhorsen books, I highly recommend you pick up Sabriel at this price and give it a read when you are feeling like reading high fantasy. It is wonderful, and you will no doubt be addicted!

Click the titles of each book to go to the Goodreads site, except for the Sabriel title, which will take you to Amazon to pick up your copy at the special price of $1.99.

Sabriel (Abhorsen #1)
For ONLY $1.99 at

Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. But now her father, the Abhorson, is missing, and Sabriel must cross into that world to find him. With Mogget, whose feline form hides a powerful, perhaps malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage, Sabriel travels deep into the Old Kingdom. There she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life and comes face-to-face with her own hidden destiny. . . .

Lirael (Abhorsen #2)


Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. Now, two years past the time when she should have received the Sight that is the Clayr’s birthright, she feels alone, abandoned, unsure of who she is. Nevertheless, the fate of the Old Kingdom lies in her hands. With only her faithful companion, the Disreputable

Dog, Lirael must undertake a desperate mission under the growing shadow of an ancient evil.

In this sequel to Sabriel, winner of the Aurealis Award for Excellence in Australian Science Fiction, New York Times best-selling author Garth Nix weaves a spellbinding tale of discovery, destiny, and danger.

Abhorsen (Abhorsen #3)


An old evil has arisen – freed from its subterranean prison and seeking to escape the binding silver hemispheres which prevent it from finally unleashing its terrible powers.

Lirael, newly come into her inheritance as the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, knows that the fate of the world is in her hands. With only a vision from the Clayr to guide her, and the uncertain help of her companions — Sam, the Disreputable Dog, and Mogget — Lirael sets out on her perilous mission.

Then answer must be found somewhere in Life or Death – but can a former Second Assistant Librarian possibly discover the means to defeat the DIt is six months since the cataclysmic events of Abhorsen, six months Nicholas Sayre has spent recovering in the Ancelstierre. But he is desperate to return to the Old Kingdom, and at last has the chance.

All he has to do is spend a weekend in a country house as a favour for his Uncle Edward, Chief Minister of Ancelstierre. That seems easy enough, till he discovers that the house holds many secrets, and the worst of them is a relic of the Old Kingdom, too far from the Wall for any spark of its magical life to reignite.

Unless someone finds a way to unleash its power…. estroyer…before it is too late?

The Creature in the Case (Abhorsen #3.5)

1042546It is six months since the cataclysmic events of Abhorsen, six months Nicholas Sayre has spent recovering in the Ancelstierre. But he is desperate to return to the Old Kingdom, and at last has the chance.

All he has to do is spend a weekend in a country house as a favour for his Uncle Edward, Chief Minister of Ancelstierre. That seems easy enough, till he discovers that the house holds many secrets, and the worst of them is a relic of the Old Kingdom, too far from the Wall for any spark of its magical life to reignite.

Unless someone finds a way to unleash its power….

Across The Wall: A Tale Of The Abhorsen And Other Stories (Abhorsen #3.5: the Creature in the Case)

If a writer tells the stories, do the stories tell the writer?

Thirteen stories from the international bestselling author, including the award-winning Old Kingdom story Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case.

Nicholas Sayre will do anything to get across the Wall. Thoughts of Lirael and Sam haunt his dreams, and he has come to realize that his destiny lies with them, in the Old Kingdom. But here in Ancelstierre, Nick faces an obstacle that is not entirely human, with a strange power that seems to come from Nicholas himself.

The rest of the collection includes two widely different takes on the Merlin myth, a gritty urban version of Hansel and Gretel, a heartbreaking story of children and war, a western, a traditional tale with a twist and a hilarious choose-your-own-adventure spoof.

Each story is introduced by Garth Nix, giving context, anecdotes and a glimpse into his creative process. This edition includes a bonus section of frequently asked questions and answers.

Clariel (Abhorsen #4)

20662728Sixteen-year-old Clariel is not adjusting well to her new life in the city of Belisaere, the capital of the Old Kingdom. She misses roaming freely within the forests of Estwael, and she feels trapped within the stone city walls. And in Belisaere she is forced to follow the plans, plots and demands of everyone, from her parents to her maid, to the sinister Guildmaster Kilp. Clariel can see her freedom slipping away. It seems too that the city itself is descending into chaos, as the ancient rules binding Abhorsen, King and Clayr appear to be disintegrating.

With the discovery of a dangerous Free Magic creature loose in the city, Clariel is given the chance both to prove her worth and make her escape. But events spin rapidly out of control. Clariel finds herself more trapped than ever, until help comes from an unlikely source. But the help comes at a terrible cost. Clariel must question the motivations and secret hearts of everyone around her – and it is herself she must question most of all.

To Hold the Bridge (Abhorsen)  A Short Story Collection in the World of Abhorsen

23213811Far to the north of the magical Old Kingdom, the Greenwash Bridge Company has been building a bridge for almost a hundred years. It is not an easy task, for many dangers threaten the bridge builders, from nomad raiders to Free Magic sorcerers. Despite the danger, Morghan wants nothing more than to join the Bridge Company as a cadet. But the company takes only the best, the most skillful Charter mages, and trains them hard, for the night might come when only a single young cadet must hold the bridge against many foes. Will Morghan be that cadet?

Also included in this remarkable collection are eighteen short stories that showcase Nix’s versatility as he adds a fantastical twist on an array of genres including science fiction, paranormal, realistic fiction, mystery, and adventure.

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According to Nix’s author’s note at the end of “Clariel”, this novel will be about Nicholas Sayre and Lirael following the events of the short story “The Creature in the Case”.


The Prince’s Man Is On StoryFinds Today!


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The Five Kingdoms Book 1

 Best Price $3.99 on Nook & iBookstore

Award winning novel, THE PRINCE’S MAN, has been described as ‘James Bond meets Lord of the Rings’ – a sweeping tale of spies and deadly politics, inter-species mistrust and magic phobia, with an underlying thread of romance.

Rustam Chalice, hedonist, dance tutor, gigolo and spy, loves his life just the way it is, so when the kingdom he serves is threatened from within, he leaps into action. Only trouble is, the spy master, Prince Hal, teams him up with an untouchable aristocratic assassin who despises him.

And to make matters worse, she’s the most beautiful woman in the Five Kingdoms.

Plunged into a desperate journey over the mountains, the mismatched pair struggle to survive deadly wildlife, the machinations of a spiteful god – and each other.

They must also keep alive a sickly elf they need as a political pawn. But when the elf reveals that Rustam has magic of his own, he is forced to question his identity, his sanity and worst, his loyalty to his prince.

For in Tyr-en, all magic users are put to death.

“The conflict Ms Jay uses between these characters are so vivid; it’s an amazing world she created, that reminded me a bit of Lord of the Rings/The Game of Thrones. ” – Adrienne Woods Books and Reviews

About Deborah Jay:

Deborah Jay writes fantasy and urban fantasy featuring complex, quirky characters and multi-layered plots – just what she likes to read.

Living mostly on the UK South coast, she has already invested in her ultimate retirement plan – a farmhouse in the majestic, mystery-filled Scottish Highlands where she retreats to write when she can find the time. Her taste for the good things in life is kept in check by the expense of keeping too many horses, and her complete inability to cook.

She has a dream of a day job riding, training and judging competition dressage horses and riders, and also writes books and magazine features on the subject under her professional name of Debby Lush.

A lifelong fan of science fiction and…

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Teaser Tuesdays


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Teaser Tuesdays
 is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“Amazing inventions, colossal failures, and countless wars. We watched it behind the scenes. Watched the monkeys from beyond the glass. We were intrigued, Hell was amused, and Heaven was losing patience.
Finally, the monkeys threw too much shit on the windows. They sparked a third World War, one that the Big Boss upstairs knew would obliterate the world.
So he sent us instead. We were much more effective. We were much more eager.”

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!


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