When a stranger tells her she's a mage, Ailith is intrigued but she's also afraid. Magic is heresy, and heresy means death under the Temple Law. Even literacy is suspect in a girl of her background, and her sister's impending wedding only serves as a reminder that she should be focusing on her future. Then a local priest asks her to rescue his son, and she starts to wonder if her talents could be a blessing, after all.
The Lord Baron of Watersmeet, Leofwin isn't accustomed to welcoming uninvited visitors. A commoner turning up at his gates should be no more than a minor footnote to his day, but something about Ailith catches his attention. Alchemy can be lonely work and an apprentice might be just what he needs.
As their lessons grow into shared experiments, Leofwin wonders if he might even trust her with his greatest challenge. But Ailith can't forget why she came to the castle.
Watersmeet is the first of a new series of epic fantasy and romance novels set in the Twelve Baronies. Although part of a series, it's a standalone story at 430 pages.
Roan wakes at the bottom of a mine shaft, badly bruised but lucky to be alive. He doesn't remember how he got here, but as he'd just witnessed a suspicious death, he's afraid someone is trying to cover their tracks. The only problem is, he can't imagine who would have wanted to kill the young Lady Arleigh.
The Falconer is a free short story set in the world of the Twelve Baronies novels. Download it here.
Monday, 4 July 2016
Reviews of Watersmeet
This was a very enjoyable, well-written read, recommended for fans of quieter, more thoughtful and less action-filled fantasy. -- Pauline at Fantasy Review Barn
I found Ailith to be a refreshingly strong minded and independent character... I stayed up till 4am on a Saturday night to finish it. -- Lauren at An Awful Lot of Reviews
‘Watersmeet’ is an enchanting fantasy tale waiting to be picked up by a lover of magic and adventure. -- Yasmine at Cloudy Dreams