In honor of FlashBack Friday, author Stephen Merlino offers his award-winning epic fantasy, The Jack of Souls, this weekend only. So why are you reading this? You should be downloading. Seriously…
Okay, if you really still don’t get it. Take a look at my review of The Jack of Souls, plus interview with writer Stephen Merlino here. (But come on—what are you waiting for? The Jack of Souls is fabulous, AND on sale this weekend only.)
Blurb: A rogue knight and epic fantasy series begins
An outcast rogue must break a curse laid on his fate, or die by his next birthday. A tale of magic, mischief, and the triumph of tricksters.
Harric, an outcast rogue, must break a curse put on his fate, or die on his nineteenth birthday. As the day approaches, nightmares from the spirit world stalk and tear at his sanity; sorcery eats at his soul.
To survive, he’ll need more than his usual tricks. He’ll need help—and a lot of it—but on the kingdom’s lawless frontier, his only allies are other outcasts. One of these outcasts is Caris, a mysterious, horse-whispering runaway, intent upon becoming the Queen’s first female knight. The other is Sir Willard—ex-immortal, ex-champion, now addicted to pain-killing herbs and banished from the court. With their help, Harric might keep his curse at bay. But for how long?
And both companions bring perils and secrets of their own: Caris bears the scars of a troubled past that still hunts her; Willard is at war with the Old Ones, an order of insane immortal knights who once enslaved the kingdom. The Old Ones have returned to murder Willard and seize the throne from his queen. Willard is both on the run from them, and on one final, desperate quest to save her.
Together, Harric and his companions must overcome fanatical armies, murderous sorcerers, and powerful supernatural foes.
Alone, Harric must face the temptation of a forbidden magic that could break his curse, but cost him the only woman he’s ever loved.
- Book Title: The Jack of Souls (Book 1 of The Unseen Moon series)
- Author: Stephen Merlino
- Genre: Rogue and Knight Epic Fantasy
- Length: 352 pages
- Release Date: December 20, 2014 (Tortoise Rampant Press)