A delightful and engrossing fantasy debut featuring an intelligent heroine and her guardian, a royal musketeer.
In a world of soaring continents and bottomless skies, where a burgeoning new science lifts skyships into the cloud-strewn heights, and ancient blood-borne sorceries cling to a fading glory, Princess Isabelle des Zephyrs is about to be married to a man she has barely heard of, the second son of a dying king in an empire collapsing into civil war.
Born without the sorcery that is her birthright but with a perspicacious intellect, Isabelle believes her marriage will stave off disastrous conflict and bring her opportunity and influence. But the last two women betrothed to this prince were murdered, and a sorcerer-assassin is bent on making Isabelle the third. Aided and defended by her loyal musketeer, Jean-Claude, Isabelle plunges into a great maze of prophecy, intrigue, and betrayal, where everyone wears masks of glamour and lies. Step by dangerous step, she unravels the lies of her enemies and discovers a truth more perilous than any deception.
“A gripping tale of a woman who refuses to be defined by her physical and magical limitations, thwarting both assassins and all who see her as a pawn. A great read!” –Brandon Sanderson
“Curtis Craddock’s debut is a grand tale of intrigue, adventure, and gas-lamp fantasy in the tradition of Alexander Dumas.” — Charles Stross
There comes an immortal evil
Erupting from the depths of a madman’s nightmare, a foul tide of twisted magical abominations sweeps across the kingdom of Neffrom, devouring everything in its path. Behind this mighty vanguard marches the unstoppable host of the immortal Hezra-Thrall spreading his terrible, soul-corrupting curse like plague across the land.
There survives a desperate hope
In the frigid depths of winter, hope burns small, its feeble flicker sheltered in the hearts of two young nobles, the disinherited lordling Sparrow of Blackaker and the blind swordswoman Kisha. Bound together by a damning prophecy, this wretched pair must survive Thrall’s legions, confront their own most horrible fears incarnate, and stand together against a god in a battle wherein the ultimate sacrifice becomes the ultimate weapon.
“Well paced and intricately plotted” — The Library Journal
BROKEN LINKS, MENDED LIVES is a collection of selected short stories by members of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers that includes the work of well-known novelists Mario Acevedo, Carol Berg, Jameson Cole and Cindi Myers. The stories speak to the anthology’s title and theme in a variety of ways-literally, emotionally, symbolically, spiritually and supernaturally-providing the reader with a dynamic array of tales by some of RMFW’s best writers.
Curtis Craddock’s Story, entitled I Love Lucy , involves a time traveler who encounters an Australopithecus and changes the course of human history.