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The Marlen of Prague: Christopher Marlowe and the City of Gold

Christopher Marlowe, Elizabethan playwright, mage, and spy, is haunted by the ripples of powerful magics used to defeat the Spanish Armada. The world has changed, the stars themselves have shifted, and no one but he seems to notice.

Now he is sent by Queen Elizabeth's secret service to the court of Emperor Rudolf II in Prague, on the trail of English magician John Dee. Rudolf's court is a hotbed of mysticism, art, magic, and intrigue. Marlowe must navigate a labyrinth of politics and religion, hidden identities, and mischievous spirits if he is to protect those he cares about. He veers into a dangerous romance with his guard and jailor -- a man he may have to kill.

How far must he go to protect magical secrets too dangerous to reveal, which in the wrong hands could throw Europe into chaos?


"Angeli Primlani’s CITY OF GOLD is a quick-witted and swift-paced journey through the politics, plague, and perils of the 16th century. Centerstage of this whirlwind stands Kit Marlowe: poet, playwright, magician, spy. Primlani’s Marlowe is the most honorable rascal who ever faked his death and moved on to greater adventures. He is utterly charming, completely beleaguered, theatrical, intelligent, desperate, and, despite everything, still so warmly human. Kit Marlowe and his quest in the CITY OF GOLD will catapult you into an earlier world—and even into the next."
—C. S. E. COONEY, Saint Death’s Daughter


Angeli Primlani is a Chicago-based playwright, director, producer and actor. She was culture and features writer and online editor for The Prague Post in the Czech Republic. She was the founding Artistic Director of Accidental Shakespeare Theatre Company. Her play The Black Knight premiered in spring of 2022. The Marlen of Prague is her first novel.

This page is for pre-orders of this novel, The Marlen of Prague. It will be released at Worldcon in Chicago, September 2022. Those who order here will receive a copy signed by the author, mailed at the end of the convention. Postage is included in the price. 

Pre-Order: Coming Early September 2022
£13.00
The Roots of Betrayal

Terrorists attack the Princes, Outcasts build a new city, and the mage Pavresh discovers that Arcist Magic is more powerful than ever imagined.

Pavresh spent the last 5 years exploring the mountains around the Eghsal Valley, seeking to expand Arcist magic by incorporating the foreign traditions of the mountain tribes. But he discovers these barbarian tribes might be more deeply connected to his own people than the official histories admit.

Now news from home has him hurrying back to the Valley: A mysterious, violent group called the Sons of Ryo are terrorizing the cities. The ruling Princes are under threat, and his friends are losing the only shelter they have.

What is this mysterious group, and who is pulling their strings? Who is the man claiming to have crossed the impenetrable mountains from the Forgotten South? Can Pavresh use new more powerful magic to protect his friends' new home, or will the cost be too great?

This sequel to The Silk Betrayal continues the fantasy saga featuring interesting world-building with an Asian flavour and subtle but powerful magics.

 

Delivery in June 2022

£10.99
Drakemaster
Epic Historical Fantasy
by EC Ambrose

What connects an ancient map carved in a cane, a disgraced descendant of Chinggis Khan, and a secret Chinese society?

1257 AD, Kaifeng, China: Dailus, a European bronzecaster taken as a slave by the Mongols, builds mighty siege cannons for the Khan, but discovers there are even more frightening weapons. His fate intersects that of the Mongolian scout who enslaved him desperate to remove the name of traitor, the last warrior monk of a ruined temple, a Chinese astronomer’s daughter forced to suppress her mind to her beauty, and a dancer whose grace hides deadly skills: allies and opponents in a race across medieval China to locate a clockwork doomsday device. As cities fall and empires are threatened, this legendary device could turn the tide of battle, or burn the world to ash with the power of the stars.

An epic historical fantasy novel from the author of “The King of Next Week”, The Dark Apostle and Bone Guard series.


Pre-order: Book will be shipped after 20 April 2022.

£12.00
Outside
A novel of Interstellar Contact, Virtual Worlds, and the Essence of Humanity.
by Gustavo Bondoni

Earth is empty of humans. This surprising observation stymies Rome and his shipmates, crew of the starship come to re-establish contact from the colonies. What could have happened in the 500-years of the non-interference treaty to vanish everyone?

Discover the terrifying secret buried deep underground that threatens the existence of everyone on Earth.

“This book is amazing…well formed characters that stand fantastically on their own and when they come together, it's just even better…This is a fast paced, fresh, fantastic work of science fiction.” —Readers' Favorite.

Followed by Splinter
£10.00
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Splinter

Have Humans lost their Humanity,
and can an Artificial Intelligence save them?

The Tau Ceti colony is a Utopia, but tension lurks below the tranquil surface. The peace of the colony is shattered when the Unity spacecraft returns from Earth bearing shocking news.

Rome Permek, computer officer on the ship, returned with a stowaway: Emily Plair, an artificial intelligence from Earth's cyberworld. But the colony is not the quiet refuge they hoped for. Some in the colony see her as a threat and will resort to anything to have her eliminated.

The colony erupts with the questions: Is artificial intelligence truly alive? What rights do they have? What constitutes a good life?

Follow Rome and Emily as they traverse the splintered paradise colony, orbital habitats, virtual environments, and distant worlds.

Sequel to Outside

“A riveting, compulsively readable book. It questions if a computer program can come alive… An original story with developed characters, one of whom has multiple copies, offers unique details, a love angle and keeps you guessing until the end… It’s a book that delivers.”
—Jackie Kingon, author of Sherlock Mars and P Is For Pluto.

£10.99
P is for Pluto
by Jackie Kingon

Molly is heading to Pluto.
Send in the clones...

Molly's Bistro is opening a new branch of the famous Martian restaurant on Pluto. But the opening is delayed when their chef is murdered. With the Pluto Police taking a relaxed approach to crime, Molly heads to Pluto to help crack the case and get the restaurant back on track. But she will have to face clone confusion, kidnapping chocolatiers, and the space mafia in order to solve this mystery.

This sequel to Jackie Kingon's Sherlock Mars contains the same mixture of science fiction. mystery, and humor that made her previous book a success.
£10.00
Pillar of Frozen Light
Science fiction novel of romance, philosophy, interstellar travel, and mysterious artefacts.
by Barry Rosenberg

Jonan’s indulgent life on Earth is upturned when he meets Yerudit, a remarkable woman from a distant colony. After an intense affair, Yerudit leaves Jonan to pursue a pilgrimage across the galaxy. He finds himself following her on his own journey of self-discovery: encountering enigmatic artefacts, haunted by a shadowy figure, and discovering a life he never realised he was missing.

This novel combines romance with philosophy, strange alien vistas with quiet mindfulness, star travel technology with simple self-reliance. Through it all stands the Pillar, an inexplicable object that gives those who encounter it a glimpse of knowledge beyond human understanding.

"The twists are plentiful and the descriptions are literally out of this world, making this an immersive novel that’s easy to enjoy. Rosenberg’s inventiveness is matched with amusing and snappy dialogue that adds to the characterization of Jonan on his journey from a generally selfish person into a being of the galaxy. Overall, I’d definitely recommend Pillar of Frozen Light" 5 Stars ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite
£10.00
The Hungry Ones
Dark fantasy novel
by Elana Gomel

A woman with no memory wakes up in a city with no history.

The city is alive. Among skyscrapers of flesh and bridges of bone, rogue trains consume their passengers, prophetic Buddhas grow out of sidewalks, and the night is lit up with walking neon signs.

The city is under siege from famine victims turned ravenous monsters, while the city's own flesh begins to mutate.

Somehow, the woman is the key in an eternal struggle pitting city against country, corruption against starvation, a power-crazed madman against a dying infant.

Hunted as a pawn by several factions, she alone may have the power to end the conflict, if she dare unlock her terrible memories. But she has to choose: between the country and the city; between the lost boy-next-door and the man who is not human; between survival and self-sacrifice.

This dark fantasy novel – at times wondrous, at others horrific – will amaze and haunt you.
£10.99
The Elephant and Macaw Banner (Trade Paperback)
Fantasy Adventure in Colonial Brazil
by Christopher Kastensmidt

An unlikely pair of brave adventurers – the Dutch explorer Gerard van Oost and the Yoruban warrior Oludara – travel the wilderness of sixteenth century Brazil.

They aim to protect both the new colonies and the native inhabitants from dangers human and supernatural. Along the way, they encounter a host of creatures inspired by Brazilian folklore: from the brain-sucking Kalobo to the one-legged prankster Sacy-Perey.

This multi award-winning, Nebula-finalist series is now a novel – with new material, but the same mixture of action, adventure, humor, magic, and South American folklore that has won it fans the world over.

“A fantastic romp through the colonial era, with epic battles, creepy creatures and wonderful set pieces.” —Aliette de Bodard, Nebula and BSFA Award winner.

“A series that is quickly becoming my favorite in the genre of sword and sorcery.” —Elias F. Combarro, Sense of Wonder.
£10.99
Sherlock Mars
Science Fiction Mystery Comedy by Jackie Kingon.

A riotous concoction: fine dining, virtual reality, and murder. Delightfully weird.

Molly Marbles runs a successful bistro on terraformed Mars. When a virtual restaurant opens next door, offering the experience of delicacies from across the solar system with none of the calories, what will it do to her business?

Then, when the virtual restaurant’s owner is murdered in her kitchen, Molly, amateur detective, cranks into high gear to help the police solve the mystery.

Meanwhile, she is planning her pop-star daughter’s wedding, keeping her kitchen staff from feuding, and protecting her android friend from the humans-only mob. Plus, the infamous Cereal Serial Killer has escaped from prison.Things are getting hectic, but Molly is a resilient and resourceful woman, whose knack for mysteries has her nick-named ‘Sherlock Mars’.
£10.00
Warrior Errant
Military Science Fiction novel
by Harry Elliott

Humanity has moved to the stars; Earth is an old legend. Now the moons of Mitera are home: stormy Landbreak, bleak Avernus, verdant Ishra. These different worlds have shaped distinct societies.

A deadly insurgency has broken out on Ishra, and the military forces of these contrasting cultures combine to help fight it. They must overcome their differences and mutual suspicions or risk being destroyed by a hostile environment and a canny enemy.

Private James Dalton of Landbreak has questions. Why are they fighting? How can he work with the enigmatic Avernii Transhumans? What secrets lie in the depths of Ishra’s vast jungle?

Follow Private Dalton and his squad as they experience the horrors of war, face their prejudices, and discover their own place in this conflict. As the Avernii say, “A warrior must know his fight.” But James Dalton may not survive the answers he so desperately seeks.
£10.99
Wolf Unleashed
A novel of Werewolves and Social Justice.
by Jessica Meats

Werewolves are kept as slaves. Exploited to perform dangerous labour, or kept as exotic pets by rich sadists who want a status symbol, werewolves have no rights.

When Crystal’s brother is bitten by a rogue werewolf, her family is advised to think of him as dead. But she refuses to forget him.

Looking for news from within the werewolf community leads her to purchase Thomas, a rebellious werewolf with a string of abusive former owners. Crystal and Thomas must learn to trust each other enough to help solve each other’s problems. Together, they can work to build a movement aimed at bringing rights and justice to all.

This is an urban fantasy, paranormal romance with a difference. It teems with intersectional issues of race, gender, and sexual identity. This is a story of injustice and anger, of love and compassion, of rebellion and hope.

5 Stars – “It was a story that drew me in… I enjoyed how the story developed and how werewolf slavery was tackled by some very brave characters. They took on a fight against a system that needed to be changed, and often it looked like they would be torn apart… I wish there was more of this quality writing out there. A fantastic read!” —Kim Anisi for Readers’ Favorite

[Content Advisory: This book contains scenes of physical and sexual abuse, which are essential to the story, but some readers may find disturbing.]
£10.99
The Silk Betrayal (Trade Paperback)
A fantasy novel of magic, intrigue, and revolution.
by Daniel Ausema

A young man travels to the city to study magic, but he finds intrigue and revolution.

Pavresh hoped to master the intricacies of arcist magic. Instead, he finds himself entangled in the city’s events. While princes scheme against each other for power, revolutionaries plot against them all to overthrow the rigid caste system. Poets try to inspire change with heretical words, while militants plan more forceful action. A woman born to the princely class, rendered untouchable by a disfiguring accident, sees in revolution a path to a better life. All these strands meet at the home of Chaitan, the elderly master magician from whom Pavresh wishes to learn.In such an environment, betrayal is inevitable. When loyalties conflict, how does one decide whom to betray?

Daniel Ausema is the author of the steampunk serial ‘Spire City’. This is his first novel. It is a fantasy novel with a unique setting: India-flavoured culture, fields of hot springs and geysers, subtle magic, and emerging technology. Within this setting, a host of detailed and varied characters struggle through tumultuous times.
£10.00
Soul Searching
Near-future SF thriller by Stephen Embleton.

Science has learned to understand the soul, and can track souls through this life and beyond.

A specialist unit of the South African police is using a Soul Tracker device in a harrowing search for a serial killer. As Tracker Ruth Hicks and her partner Franklin Banks race to find the killer before the next victim dies, the case becomes frighteningly personal. They begin to question the morality of their methods.

When one’s soul can incriminate them before birth, can there ever be justice?
Who can be trusted with the power to look inside the soul?

“Tense and exciting with lots of good twists. I really enjoyed it!” —V Anne Smith, author of A Code for Carolyn: A Genomic Thriller
£10.99
The Silk Betrayal - Hardcover (Hardcover)
A fantasy novel of magic, intrigue, and revolution.
by Daniel Ausema

A young man travels to the city to study magic, but he finds intrigue and revolution.

Pavresh hoped to master the intricacies of arcist magic. Instead, he finds himself entangled in the city’s events. While princes scheme against each other for power, revolutionaries plot against them all to overthrow the rigid caste system. Poets try to inspire change with heretical words, while militants plan more forceful action. A woman born to the princely class, rendered untouchable by a disfiguring accident, sees in revolution a path to a better life. All these strands meet at the home of Chaitan, the elderly master magician from whom Pavresh wishes to learn.In such an environment, betrayal is inevitable.

When loyalties conflict, how does one decide whom to betray?

Daniel Ausema is the author of the steampunk serial ‘Spire City’. This is his first novel. It is a fantasy novel with a unique setting: India-flavoured culture, fields of hot springs and geysers, subtle magic, and emerging technology. Within this setting, a host of detailed and varied characters struggle through tumultuous times.
£20.00
The Elephant and Macaw Banner - Hardcover (Hardcover)
Fantasy Adventure in Colonial Brazil
by Christopher Kastensmidt

An unlikely pair of brave adventurers – the Dutch explorer Gerard van Oost and the Yoruban warrior Oludara – travel the wilderness of sixteenth century Brazil. They aim to protect both the new colonies and the native inhabitants from dangers human and supernatural. Along the way, they encounter a host of creatures inspired by Brazilian folklore: from the brain-sucking Kalobo to the one-legged prankster Sacy-Perey.

This multi award-winning, Nebula-finalist series is now a novel – with new material, but the same mixture of action, adventure, humor, magic, and South American folklore that has won it fans the world over

.“A fantastic romp through the colonial era, with epic battles, creepy creatures and wonderful set pieces.” —Aliette de Bodard, Nebula and BSFA Award winner.

“A series that is quickly becoming my favorite in the genre of sword and sorcery.” —Elias F. Combarro, Sense of Wonder.
£22.00
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