Coming soon: Assalay volume two

With fingers duly crossed against last minute disasters, I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be publishing volume two of the Assalay Trilogy, The Singing War, on 30 November 2015.

Here’s the cover image:

front cover

And the blurb:

‘What if they’ve lied to us about everything?’

In the land of Assalay, the new year brings endless rain, hunger and the ravages of starving dragons. But the powerful families of the Fellowship enjoy a privileged life: secure inside their grand and luxurious houses and confident of their divine right to rule.

Even for Fellowship children, though, growing up has its problems. Now that he is of age, Leo Philemot must leave home for the year-long apprenticeship that all heirs to the Fellowship have to undertake, while his twin sister Rachel must stay at home and endure the stifling life of ladies’ drawing rooms and tea-parties. For both twins, the year brings a series of unexpected encounters and revelations that makes them question what they have been told about family and Fellowship – and opens their eyes to the realities of other people’s lives.

As flood, fire and famine worsen, Assalay is ready for rebellion. Opposition to the Fellowship is growing. In this gathering crisis, Leo and Rachel must make life-or-death choices between old and new loyalties and friendships: between what they have been taught and what they have learned.

And you can read the first chapter here.

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