by Peter Gribble

GENRE: Fantasy

Purdu, the barbarian invader, has arrived! How can the pacifist, nonviolent City of the Magicians contain him when one faction appeals to his heart, the other to his ambitions?

Sas and Lalya are envoys of opposing camps, but Purdu throws them together to isolate them from their enclaves and assert his own authority. Yet two others decide to oppose him their way. Hyur, foremost metallurgist, secretly forges a magical weapon to tempt and subvert him. Gleswea, an astronomer, flees south to view skies she has never seen, but is swept into a culture that judges women of ability as necromancing witches deserving death.

Shoan, City strategist, reconstructing his wrecked plans, is unaware these four have slipped his calculations. Sas, Lalya, Hyur and Gleswea are unknowingly inching the City toward an unseen, perilous fate. Will anyone catch it in time?

Within, the second book in The City of the Magicians series, exposes how even as the City's old dream of a rebirth in Magic seems to be happening, traditional institutions are failing. With Purdu spearheading the revival, some Citizens fear the purposes their Magic may soon be turned to.

Praise for Threat, the first book in The City of the Magicians series.

"An exquisitely crafted, richly textured world of magic and mystery, with settings and mood so exceptionally well visualized that fans of science fiction and fantasy should not pass up the chance to walk inside." – IndieReader

"Apart from the beautiful writing, the robustly written characters, and the strong setting, Peter Gribble has the ability to immerse readers in a world that is well-imagined and sculpted. Having enjoyed Threat immensely, I am looking forward to the next installment in the series." - Readers' Favorite


Past midnight, everyone asleep and away from constant eyes, Purdu, carrying a small torch, crept to his weapons trunk, creaked it open and lifted out the linen-shrouded sword. His hands were jerky, uncoordinated, as he unwrapped the scabbard, its panels of marbled metal evoking the glory within. Jittery fingers traced the whorls and marblings. He wanted so much to hold it, to dance with it again, but mounting agitation—What’s scaring me?—counseled keeping it in the scabbard. Even sheathed it tempted, urged, dared, calling him to exceptional destiny. Why should I be afraid of who I am? A god revealed! The lusty agony of illicit communion . . .

Stroking the metal’s smoothness, he felt he was caressing, arousing, a desirable yet duplicitous lover. A moan escaped him as he hugged the scabbard to his chest, his hand tremoring toward the beckoning hilt . . .

Who? Someone’s there!

He knew it was Sas. He hurriedly rewrapped the scabbard and buried it at the bottom of the trunk.

It was only Vrupu coming to investigate and he waved him away.

Just as well he was interrupted. He had to calm down . . . the racing in his chest . . .

About the Author:

Peter Gribble has written for NUVO and other magazines in British Columbia.

For over ten years he wrote a monthly gardening column for a local Vancouver paper.

The City of the Magicians is his first published series.

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PURCHASE LINKS Book One - Threat       

AMAZON.COM - https://amazon.com/dp/0228812194 

AMAZON.CA - https://amazon.ca/dp/0228812194 

AMAZON KINDLE - https://amazon.com/dp/B08NTQ69Q7 

INDIGO CHAPTERS - https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/threat/9780228812197-item.html 

BARNES & NOBLE - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/threat-peter-gribble/1138327338 

PURCHASE LINKS Book Two - Within

AMAZON.COM - https://amazon.com/dp/0228826446 

AMAZON.CA - https://amazon.ca/dp/0228826446 

AMAZON KINDLE - https://amazon.com/dp/B09RLZP7DV 

INDIGO CHAPTERS - https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/within/9780228826446-item.html 

BARNES & NOBLE - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/within-peter-gribble/1140984426


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  1. Replies
    1. Good morning to all book lovers out there and a big, warm thank you to Literary Gold and Goddess Fish Promotions for hosting. Enjoy the excerpt, good luck on the giveaway and of course, happy reading always! Peter G

  2. Within by Peter Gribble sounds like it will be filled with interesting plot twists and turns!

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. This particular excerpt concerns one of the most pivotal twists in the book. Peter G

  3. I enjoyed reading the excerpt, Within sounds like a brilliant fantasy for me to read! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a terrific day!

  4. I like the cover, synopsis and excerpt, Within sounds like an epic read and I am looking forward to it. Is the story a stand-alone or part of a series?

  5. Sounds like a book I would enjoy a lot.

    1. Thanks Anonymous. Check out the author website (https://petergribble.com) if you'd like to explore further. Happy reading! Peter G

  6. A whole city of magicians sounds good to me.

    1. Thanks, Anonymous. If you walk within, you, too become a Citizen of the City of the Magicians! Peter G

  7. Liking the theme to your fantasy book, cheers.

    1. Thanks, Calvin. I've long felt the need to explore the pacifist versus barbarian theme. If you want to find out what set this off, check out my author website's blog, "How to Write a Fantasy Series, Part Two." at https:petergribble.com. Happy reading! Peter G

  8. A special thank you to Literary Gold for the guideline reminder to commenters. It's much appreciated. - Peter G.


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