Master of Restless Shadows, Book One by Ginn Hale
Series: The Cadeleonian Series, Volume 5
Publisher: Blind Eye Books
Release Date (Print & Ebook): October 8, 2019
Length (Print & Ebook): 401 pp
ISBN Print: 9781935560630
ISBN digital: 9781935560647
Cover artist: Zaya Feli
Subgenre: epic fantasy, romantic fantasy, LGBTQ fantasy, queer fantasy, high fantasy
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Freshly graduated Master Physician Narsi Lif-Tahm has left his home in Anacleto and journeyed to the imposing royal capitol of Cieloalta intent upon keeping the youthful oath he made to a troubled writer. But in the decade since Narsi gave his pledge, Atreau Vediya, has grown from an anonymous delinquent to a man renowned for penning bawdy operas and engaging in scandalous affairs. What Narsi―and most of the larger world―cannot know is the secret role Atreau plays as spymaster for the Duke of Rauma. After the Cadeleonian royal bishop launches an unprovoked attack against the witches in neighboring Labara, Atreau will require every resource he can lay his hands upon to avert a war. A physician is exactly what he needs. But with a relentless assassin hunting the city and ancient magic waking, Atreau fears that his actions could cost more than his own honor. The price of peace could be his friends’ lives.
About Ginn Hale:
Ginn Hale lives with her lovely wife in the Pacific Northwest. She spends the many cloudy days observing plants and fungi. She whiles away the rainy evenings writing fantasy and science-fiction featuring LGBTQ protagonists. Her first novel, Wicked Gentlemen, won the Spectrum Award for best novel. She is also a Lambda Literary Award finalist and Rainbow Award winner.
Her most recent publications include the Lord of the White Hell, Champion of the Scarlet Wolf and The Rifter Trilogy: The Shattered Gates, The Holy Road, His Sacred Bones.
She can be reached through her website: http://www.ginnhale.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Her Instagram account, however, is largely a collection of botanical photos…so, be warned.
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Atreau considered his own hand. A hazel-eyed page gazed out from the field of scarlet hearts with a coy smile, while a dour king behind him held his sword high. Atreau folded the hand and returned the cards to the deck.
Then his attention returned to the Haldiim translation of his memoir and he fell into ruminating over the tall, dark young man who’d offered it to him. Atreau wondered if it had been his imagination or if the other man truly had held his gaze a moment too long to be a stranger. And then he remembered the silver ring that had adorned the man’s
They needed a physician, and now fortune favored them with one. Was that too much of a coincidence to trust or too perfect of an opportunity to miss? Atreau shuffled his deck of cards twice and then drew from the bottom. The page smiled at him and Atreau decided on his answer.
“What on earth are you so pleased about all of a sudden?” Sabella asked.
“Nothing yet.” Atreau drank a little more of his wine. He would need to charm the physician and get Fedeles’s imprimatur—but it could work. “Perhaps the beginning of something, soon.”
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“You have a feeling about Timoteo’s new physician?” Fedeles cast Atreau a skeptical glance. Then, realizing that the glow of all the surrounding blessings did not illuminate the gloom for his friend, he added, “It isn’t simply the flush of too much wine?”
“Were my warmth inspired by wine, I’d tell you that his naked body is a wanton dream and his eyes are wonders of copper and emeralds. No. He’s striking, but it’s more his character that I found fascinating.”
“His character? Next you’ll be telling me you’ve fallen in love with a girl’s skill at needlework,” Fedeles replied, and he was only half teasing. He reached out to press his palm to Atreau’s brow. “Are you fevered perhaps?”
“You’ll understand when you meet him.” Atreau shrugged off his hand. “He’s exceptionally genial. Though that doesn’t quite describe the quality . . .”
“When words fail you,” Fedeles said, “then I know I’ve had you working too long on my account. You need to rest, I think.”
“Yes. I do. But not as much as I need a physician for . . . her.” Atreau said softly.
Fedeles couldn’t stop the sound of disgust that escaped him.
Just the sight of a physician’s silver signet made Fedeles shudder in horror. When he’d been a student a physician had taken possession of him. For three years the man locked Fedeles’s mind in a prison of gibbering madness while secreting a murderous shadow curse in the very blood and bones of his body. Even after the possession was broken, a vicious remnant of the curse lingered in Fedeles. Every year it seemed to grow and Fedeles’s loathing of physicians grew with it.
Everything about them revolted and terrified him. A whiff of coinflower, the clink of medical instruments, or a glimpse of an exam table could set his body shaking and his heart hammering with panic. And always, his terror roused the shadow within him—ready to lash like a murderous demon. Indiscriminate and fatal.