In Albia, the Fourth Realm, the precious Artesan gift is dying. Although born to the craft, Taran struggles to achieve his potential. Against his friends’ advice, he embarks on a foolhardy plan to acquire the teaching he craves. Alone, he crosses into Andaryon, the Fifth Realm, but instead of finding a mentor, he stumbles upon a treacherous plot.
In the wake of Taran’s actions, Albia suffers a series of vicious raids. Major Sullyan of the High King’s forces is sent to oppose them. But a dark and treacherous force is moving through the realms and both Taran and Sullyan will feel its power.
Their craft, the lives of their friends, the very existence of their world are under threat unless they expose and oppose the evil.
Janet Morris endorsement
“Cas Peace’s Artesans of Albia trilogy immediately sweeps you away: the drama starts with King’s Envoy, continues unabated in King’s Champion, and climaxes in King’s Artesan, yet each volume is complete, satisfying. The Artesan series propels you into a world so deftly written that you see, feel, touch, and even smell each twist and turn. These nesting novels are evocative, hauntingly real. Smart. Powerful. Compelling. The trilogy teems with finely drawn characters, heroes and villains and societies worth knowing; with stories so organic and yet iconic you know you’ve found another home—in Albia.
So start reading now. I, for one, can’t wait to find out what will happen next.”
Janet E Morris: Famed contributor to the shared universe fantasy series Thieves World. Bestselling author of The Sacred Band of Stepsons series; the Dream Dancer series; I, the Sun; Outpassage; The Silistra Quartet; and editor of the Bangsian In Hell series.
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Taran was distracted as the Staff skidded to his opponent’s feet. The noble snatched it up and it flared blindingly, blue and green light rippling down its length. He drove at Taran with his sword but even as he parried the blows, Taran felt his opponent calling up power. He stared in shock—the Staff’s flickering tip was pointing directly at his heaving chest.
A killing bolt of pure elemental energy flashed from the Staff. With a wide-eyed look of horror, totally unnerved by this unforeseen event, Taran only just managed to twist sideways. He was showered with dirt as a sizzling bolt of Earth power pulverized a rock behind him.
Fear and anger goaded Taran and he leaped at his opponent. Taran rained blows onto his blade, striking viciously, trying to keep the noble off balance. There was a discordant clang and Taran’s sword arm went numb. The noble roared a curse as his sword was sent spinning from his hand.
“Yield,” panted Taran, but his opponent didn’t falter. Raising the Staff, he attacked Taran with renewed ferocity. Huge bolts of Earth energy shot from its tip, forcing the exhausted Journeyman to deflect them.
Taran’s powers were stretched far beyond their straining limits. Terrified, he only had one choice and he grabbed it, throwing all his remaining metaforce into one vast Earth shift. The ground bucked beneath his opponent’s feet, nearly toppling him, and Taran rushed him. Ignoring the Staff’s awful power, he brought his sword around in a powerful backhanded sweep.
The noble’s head suddenly dangled from a half-severed neck.
About the Author
Cas Peace was born and brought up in the lovely county of Hampshire, in the UK, where she still lives.
On leaving school, she trained for two years before qualifying as a teacher of equitation. During this time she also learned to carriage-drive. She spent thirteen years in the British Civil Service before moving to Rome, where she and her husband, Dave, lived for three years. On their return, Cas began writing her Artesans of Albia fantasy series.
As well as her love of horses, Cas is mad about dogs, especially Lurchers. She enjoys dog agility training and currently owns two rescue Lurchers, Milly and Milo. Cas loves country walks, working in stained glass, and growing cacti. She is also a singer/songwriter and is a member of a sea shanty band: Shanty Hounds (www.shantyhounds.co.uk)
She has written and recorded the unique folk-style songs that feature in some of her fantasy books. For King’s Envoy there is “The Wheel Will Turn,” featured in Chapter 14. For King’s Champion there is “The Ballad of Tallimore,” which is mentioned in Chapter 19 and appears as a paraphrased verse in Chapter 23. For King’s Artesan there is “Morgan’s Song (All That We Are)”, a song that is featured in the book and also appears numerous times throughout the entire triple-trilogy series. Book 4, The Challenge, contains the musical piece “Larksong”. All Cas’s book songs can be found at and downloaded from her website: www.caspeace.com.
Cas is also a freelance editor, details of which and other information can be found on her website.
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