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Sold by his father. Indentured for his king. Tahnner learns the true meaning of loyalty. But first he must discover what the Threads are and why everyone is so afraid of them. No secrets are safe in the gilding of dawn. The Ravellers Guild is available for free on: Smashwords Barnes and Noble Apple  Kobo http://www.RachelEmmaShaw.com…

Writing Science and Fiction

As a scientist, you owe it to your work to tell the story it confides in you. Data is what data is, but as a writer it is your job to make it a story worth telling. As a scientist and a novelist, I write both facts and fantasies. Through comparing the processes though, I…

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Chapter 7 Fedan was absent from Rising and Setting for the next week. No-one protested his non-attendance despite it being against the laws of the ravellers. Wherever he had gone, it was somewhere other than the Thread Court. Tahnner knew this because he had searched the place several times looking for him. Fedan’s appearance at…

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Chapter 6 Tahnner froze atop the pedestal. The other ravellers had already descended their perches, leaving him alone, raised above the near frantic crowd of people still lingering on the Thread Court’s rooftop. In the six years since he had last seen his father, the only thing about Rhanick Turro which had changed was the…

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Chapter 5 The inside of the Thread Court was almost as busy as the bustling streets outside. There was only one other black-robed raveller in sight. He sat behind a large desk near the entrance, surrounded by a queue of waiting people, wafting a sheet of paper in an attempt to dispel the warm estervan…

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Chapter 4 “Why do we bother wasting so much time worrying about the weather,” Senara asked, twirling a pen about her fingers. Her long, light brown hair loose and draping around her face, shading it from the torchlight. “Today, sun. Tomorrow, rain. Would the empire collapse if it had to figure out when to plant…

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Chapter 3 A foulness lurked within the western Threads, marring them with the seep of death soon to come. Tahnner’s vision flooded with gold as he followed the beasts entwined in the Threads of two days hence. Three of them skulked down the mountain, their skeletal bodies protected from the snowy peaks by the shabby…

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Chapter 2 “Did you see anything yet?” Haret asked, staring out over the eastern balcony as the Threads faded with the dawn, his voice emotionless as he asked the same question he did every Rising and Setting. He had tried lying to Haret for the first few days, pretending he had seen something in Threads….

The Ravellers Guild

Chapter 1 No-one had bothered to explain the reason for the uncomfortable outfit, or why his mother cried when she kissed him goodbye. All his father had told him was not to disgrace the family – the same warning he had given a hundred times over. The new clothes chaffed, the tight fabric digging into…

An unusual fantasy bursting with humour

Urban fantasy is not a genre I have delved into much, but I loved each of these series. Their comic timing made me burst into laughter at all the inappropriate moments. Filled with unique humour and unusual situations, they allow hilarity to ensue. Click the book covers to go to the Goodreads page to check out…

Passionate historical stories on the verge of not being fantasy

These books are for when you are in the mood for something on the tamer side of fantasy. Blink and you might even miss the magical elements. These big books are for the day-dreamers, for when your imagination takes over and transports you so far into the story you forget you are reading words on…