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With murders taking place in the Upper Circle of the Spiral City right under the Guards’ noses, emotions are running high. Especially for Mai, whose little sister was one of the victims. The murderer is using strange magic, unfamiliar to Upper Circle mages. But a hint from another Guard suggests the answer lies in the Lower Circle, the chaotic slums. When given the chance to track down her sister’s killer, Mai will have to set aside societal norms in order to protect her city. But how far will she go?
Set in the Spiral City, a city-state isolated by the presence of a magical Barrier that keeps the rest of the world out. The city is divided between the the slums of the Lower Circle, and the elite world of the Upper Circle, both by the differences on the social and economic levels and by the very real physical presence of the Wall. While magic is trained and a part of everyday life in the Upper Circle, it is chaos and danger in the Lower Circle where it is rarely taught. But like every city in the world, there is crime and those who serve the city in the name of justice and peace: the Guards.
Liv has been Mai’s partner for three years now, and is well on her way to being recognized as a full-member of the Guard. She’s been content following along after Mai, acting as back-up more than anything else. But with bad harvests and unrelenting heat raising tension in the city, they will need every Guard they can get, especially when fires begin to spread across the ninth district where Liv and Mai work. When one fire leaves Mai injured and unable to help, Liv is going to have to prove that she can do the work of a full-Guard two years early. Advice from her grandmother encourages her to find her own way…if only Liv knew what that was.
Set in the Spiral City, a city-state isolated by the presence of a magical Barrier that keeps the rest of the world out. The city is divided between the the slums of the Lower Circle, and the elite world of the Upper Circle, both by the differences on the social and economic levels and by the very real physical presence of the Wall. While magic is trained and a part of everyday life in the Upper Circle, it is chaos and danger in the Lower Circle where it is rarely taught. But everything is about to change.
The Lower Circle is tearing itself apart. Food is scarce in the second hard winter, and there are few stores to feed the poor. Rim, a thirteen year old girl, struggles to take care of not only herself, but her older sister Ava after the death of their grandmother, a victim of the harsh winter. Ava is incapable of taking care of herself, due to the natures of her Gifts robbing her of sight and mind, among other things.
But Ava also has the Sight, the ability to know what is going to happen before it does. And when she starts talking straight, she reveals that she thinks she can solve not only their problem, but the problem of the whole city. Rim has to get her addled sister up to the Upper Circle to the only two people they can trust–the Guards Mai and Liv. But Ava isn’t telling Rim everything…
The third and last installment in the short-story trilogy, Guardians Ascending brings together the threads from the previous two stories and opens a bright new future for the Spiral City, full of strangeness and yet giving it room to grow, provided it is nurtured along.
When given custody of his niece after the death of his brother and sister-in-law, Isaac didn’t have a clue what to do. A mercenary and the family black sheep, he figured he was as well suited to raise Emily as a fox was a chick. But when Emily is taken right in front of him, Isaac will do anything to get her back. Including venturing into the Shanghai tunnels of Portland, where someone has made themselves right at home. Isaac and Emily have fallen into something much bigger than either of them. Who knows what is hiding in the dark maze of tunnels? And will Isaac reach Emily before she becomes one of them?
Rima Hawkins has been on the road for the last year, desperately trying to survive alongside her husband after being estranged from her father. But when a letter comes from her mother’s cousin, asking for help with a rogue stallion, she is offered a chance at redemption. Will she be able to catch the rogue?
Katherine, your everyday, shy teenage girl who sits in the back of the class, doesn’t get much attention from most people, and she’s fine with that. Except when she does, from a mysterious older boy named Zag. It’s more than she could ever hope for, but then, it’s always too good to be true.
A semi almost claims her life, but Zagreus saves her life by bringing her into the Underworld before her time. But not just any Underworld. Somehow, Katherine has fallen straight into Greek mythology. And all she wants is to go home.
She has to face Charon, the ferry master of the River Styx; the spirits of the dead; and even Zag’s insane sister, Melinoe. But when she’s finally home, she realizes that it wasn’t where she wants to be at all. Persephone is willing to help her, but first Katherine has to prove herself by petitioning the one immortal being who scares her the most to reweave her life’s thread.
The swan maiden/valkyries I created for the webcomic, Hurrocks Fardel. They can be seen in the My Projects–Hurrocks Fardel: Swan Maidens, as well as where they are featured in the story (will update as they appear).