A swashbuckling adventure following privateer Ross Tremayne introduces Jacey Bedford's magical alternate history Rowankind series. It's 1800. Mad King George is on the British throne, and Bonaparte is hammering at the door. Magic is strictly controlled by the Mysterium, but despite severe penalties, not all magic users have registered. Ross Tremayne, widowed, cross-dressing privateer captain and unregistered witch, likes her life on the high seas, accompanied by a boatload of swashbuckling pirates and the possessive ghost of her late husband, Will. When she pays a bitter deathbed visit to her long-estranged mother she inherits a half brother she didn't know about and a task she doesn't want: open the magical winterwood box and right an ancient wrong--if she can. Enter Corwen. He's handsome, sexy, clever, and capable, and Ross doesn't really like him; neither does Will's ghost. Can he be trusted? Whose side is he on? Unable to chart a course to her future until she's unraveled the mysteries of the past, she has to evade a ruthless government agent who fights magic with darker magic, torture, and murder; and brave the hitherto hidden Fae. Only then can she hope to open the magical winterwood box and right her ancestor's wrongdoing. Unfortunately, success may prove fatal to both Ross and her new brother, and disastrous for the country. By righting a wrong, is Ross going to unleash a terrible evil? Is her enemy the real hero and Ross the villain?
- Paperback | 432 pages
- 107 x 173 x 28mm | 181g
- 02 Feb 2016
- DAW BOOKS
"A finely crafted and well-researched plunge into swashbuckling, sorcery, shape-shifting and the Fae! Highly entertaining." -- Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Nebula Award-winning author of The Healer's War "Swashbuckling action, folklore and characters to care about this is an authentic English take on historical fantasy, magic and class." -- Kari Sperring, author of Living With Ghosts "Bedford adeptly weaves together romance, action, and fantastical elements, all set against a richly realized series of far-flung locations." --Publishers Weekly "The first book in Bedford's new historical fantasy series, Rowankind, seamlessly blends history, magical lore, high-seas adventure and romance into one fantastic story." --RT Reviews "A fabulous and fun action-packed story, with an engaging heroine." -- Liz Williams, author of The Poison Master, The Ghost Sister, and The Snake Agent "It's like an irresistible smorgasbord of all my favorite themes and fantasy elements all in one place, and a strong, compelling female protagonist was the cherry on top." --BiblioSanctum
About Jacey Bedford
Jacey Bedford has a string of short story publication credits on both sides of the Atlantic. She lives a thouand feet up on the edge of the Yorkshire Pennines in a two hundred year stone house. She has been a librarian, postmistress, rag-doll maker, and a folk singer in an a cappella trio. She can be found at jaceybedford.co.uk or on Twitter at @JaceyBedford.