Mancer

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes’ first adult work is a gay fantasy-romance trilogy that tackles questions of religion versus blind faith, patriotism versus xenophobia, and freedom versus security.


Book One: Of the Abyss



Citizens of Kavet generally give little thought to the afterlife- unsurprising, since the dominant religion of the country believes too much focus on the next world is directly responsible for strife in this one, and everyone knows idle curiosity about the other realms is the first step on a dangerous road to sorcery and madness.

The only people allowed by law to even discuss such topics are the Order of the Napthol, a group of scholars responsible for giving counsel and advice when questions regarding the next world arise. They are the ones who study the three realms: the mortal one in which human beings live and die, and the two that follow, the Abyss and the Numen. Anyone outside their order is strictly forbidden from even discussing the other realms.

Hansa Viridian is a respected captain in the elite guard unit tasked with protecting the population of Kavet from sorcery. When he arrests an abyssumancer, a sorcerer whose power comes from the infernal realm known as the Abyss, the man attempts to explain that the creatures of that realm have some kind of plan.

The prisoner doesn’t say much before his own magic kills him, and Hansa’s attempts to investigate the supposed plot only lead to more confusion. According to Sister of the Napthol Cadmia Paynes, the denizens of the abyss are creatures of violence and immediacy, incapable of planning. Everything she has ever been taught tells Cadmia she is right, but despite her assurances to Hansa and the others of his unit, she worries she has made a dreadful mistake.

When Hansa is implicated in a sorcerer’s crimes, the only way to avoid execution is to turn to the Abyss for help—specifically, to a half-Abyssi man named Umber who he knows he should hate, but whose physical attraction he cannot deny.

Hansa is only the first victim in a plot that eventually drags him, Cadmia, Umber, and a sorcerer named Xaz into the Abyss, where their only hope of escape is to complete an infernal task that might cost them their lives.


Book Two: Of the Divine




The second novel in Amelia Atwater-Rhodes's dazzling Mancer trilogy, Of the Divine takes place seventy-one years before the events of Of the Abyss, in a world where sorcery is still practiced freely—but at what cost?

Henna’s runes tell her that the future of Kavet is balanced on the edge of the knife. One of the most powerful sorcerers in the Order of Napthol, she is well-respected for her second sight. But the fragments she sees this time—blood, darkness, destruction—leave her unsure how to set the country and her lover, Verte, prince of Kavet, on the correct course.

Meanwhile, the treaties between Kavet and the dragon-like race known as the Osei have become intolerable. The time has come for the royal house to wield their unique magic to challenge Osei dominion, with Prince Verte serving as the nexus for the powerful but dangerous spell, and Naples, an untested young sorcerer from the Order of Napthol, a volatile but critical support to its creation.

Amid these plans, Dahlia Indathrone’s arrival in the city shouldn’t matter. She has no magic and no royal lineage, and yet, Henna immediately knows the young woman is important. She just can’t see why. And no vision could prepare her for the role Dahlia will come to play.

In Of the Divine, the lives of Henna, Verte, Naples, and Dahlia become irrevocably linked, setting them, and all Kavet, on a perilous path. As they struggle to survive, they learn that they are but pawns in a larger game, one played by the forces of the Abyss and of the Numen—the infernal and the divine.

A game no mortal can ever hope to win.


Book Three: Of the Mortal Realm

2018


Threads from Abyss and Divine are woven together in the conclusion of the Mancer Trilogy, where old friends and old enemies are sometimes hard to tell apart, and the line between righteous fury and infernal blood-lust blurs... and where love may be the only tie that can hold the worlds together.

6 comments:

  1. Is it only going to be for Kindle?

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    1. I finally have an official release date for the paper version: November 1 will be a paperback release! I've updated it in the post above.

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  2. This publisher generally does a first release that's electronic only, then usually follows up with the paper copy a couple months later. Apparently it's a model that helps them put books out faster (so there doesn't end up being a huge wait between books in the series for example) and which seems to work well with the genre, where more people are interested in electronic rather than paper. So, to answer your question more directly, my understanding is that there will probably be a paper version at some point after the August 30 date, but since paper books require so much more in terms of production, the date and details for that are not yet available.

    To put it in perspective, it is 1.5 to 2 years between when I sign a contract with Random House and a book is actually released. HC on the other hand accepted Mancer in late December.

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  3. I was wondering if there will be second book it is really good. I read it in one sit down!

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    1. Yes there is! I need to update this page actually- Mancer 2: Of the Divine comes out this August!

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    2. Also thank you - I'm glad you enjoyed it! I've updated the page with information about books two and three. If you enjoyed the book, I would also greatly appreciate it if you could leave a review on Amazon (or your favorite book site).

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