Long, long ago—back when we were young and our
hearts were whatever—my friend Nancy Northcott told me that she had written a
book using some of her favorite topics: fantasy, history, the much-maligned
Richard III, and the riddle of what really happened to the two princes in the
Tower. I read the first draft, or at least part of it, and found myself
wondering about these mages in the alternate history existing throughout
history, and remembering how witches were executed, mostly because there was
property that someone wanted and making such an accusation was the easiest way
to get it without actually paying for it. Such magical folk are the heroes of
this story, then and now, now that it has finally been polished and published.
Northcott manages to merge known history with
possibles, with history and never-was; her hero, also a Richard, has lived
under a generations-old family curse, and is determined not to have children to
make sure the curse dies with him. But of course, he finds himself summoned by
another mage, a woman, who is unaware of her potential powers, and he decides
to train her. And before too long, he finds that he has his own part in
alt-history to play, to defeat the family curse at long last and to defeat his
arch-enemy, who has designs of his own and is willing to kill to conquer.
If you’re a fan of historical romances, epic
fantasies, and anything about Richard III, you’ll like this. I was so pleased
to see this final version after so many years and enjoyed reading Herald of
Day. I think you will too.
MS Flynn has written fiction in the form of comic books, romantic fantasies,
urban fantasies, historical fantasies and more (most published under the name
of Eilis Flynn). She’s also a professional editor and has been for 40 years, working
with academia, technology, and finance nonfiction, and mystery, science
fiction, fantasy, and romance fiction. If you’re looking for an editor, she can
be found editing at emsflynn.com and reached at email@example.com. If you’re
curious about her books, check out eilisflynn.com. In any case, she can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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