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Death by Effigy
A Novella of Mystery, Magic, and Marionettes in 19th Century Burma.
by Karen L. Abrahamson

A traditional Burmese puppetry troupe is more than meets the eye: these puppets hold living spirits.

Disaster strikes on the eve of a performance for a royal wedding, when one of their puppets is murdered - his neck broken, his spirit gone. They cannot perform without him, but failure to perform could cost them their livelihoods, or worse, their lives.Aung, the troupe’s elderly singer, must navigate the labyrinth of court intrigues to solve the mystery and appease the angry spirits: goals which might might be at odds. Assisting him – or is that, hindering? – is the troupe’s enthusiastic but youngest puppet.

Can they salvage their performance and save their lives?

A story of magic and traditions of south-east Asia.
A Fledgling Abiba
Novella by Dilman Dila

An orphaned teenage girl tries to survive on her own and understand her magical powers while a sorcerous plague sweeps the country. She may hold the key to its cure, but what she really wants is somewhere she can call home and family.

This story by noted Ugandan author and film-maker Dilman Dila takes us on a journey from mundane village life, becoming more and more fantastic as it goes, drawing us into his world of magic and spirits.

"In clear prose, Dila involves us in a tale of magic driven by fierce emotion, inheritance and tradition. He tells the story of a brave, abused and magical childhood with a film maker’s structural skills and the voice of a writer." —Geoff Ryman
The Madness of Pursuit
Novella by Carmelo Rafala.

Dema Ägan is a notorious pirate woman, who killed her former captain, stole his ship, and plies the seas with her J’Niah witch companion, Rymah. Or so the legends say.

Searching for clues about the famous fugitive, a mysterious man is presented with several books which tell her story from different points of view. As he – and we – read these conflicting tales of adventure on seas filled with danger, ancient power, love and betrayal, we come to see there might be more to her story than the legends suggest.

“A magnificent speculative reimagining of classical nautical fiction. Rafala’s swashbuckling tale fuses adventures on the high seas with alien tech to create a compelling modern narrative.”— Tendai Huchu, author of The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician.
The King of Next Week
Historical Fantasy Novella by E.C. Ambrose.

When a captain trades his cargo of ice to bring home a djinn bride, his life in coastal Maine will never be the same.

In the wake of the American Civil War, ship’s captain Matthew Perry and his best friend and first mate William Johnson – veteran soldier and escaped slave – must all sort out love in a time of racism, friendship in a time of division, and magic in a time of skepticism.

“This is historical fiction at its best, intricately researched and honest with vivid characters – and the perfect touch of magic. This is a book to savor to the last word.”— Beth Cato, author of Breath of Earth.
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