by Peter Gribble
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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