The Ancient Lie

The Unwritten Words

Book 2
Elsewhen Press
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“I know the words written… But the words unwritten? Those, I don’t know.”

After the campaign in the Summer Isle, Isabella rides out the winter storms by studying the godly magic under Mother Lembu, in the process learning about the origins of the old gods.

  Crown Prince Reginald receives word that his father the King is ill and his sister Princess Sofia, acting as regent, is imposing a regime that is strangely similar to what had been happening on the Summer Isle – nobles killed, temples smashed, enforced public worship of old gods. Concerned that his family, and indeed his homeland, are in danger, Reginald is determined to return home. But the storms are still raging with what appears to be unnatural force, making any attempt to return to Andalusia too risky for the Prince and his men… unless Isabella can somehow use the new rituals she has learnt to placate the powers behind the storms and navigate the fleet safely home to face whatever has taken control of the kingdom.

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Praise for Christopher Nuttall:

“one of the best authors of entertaining epic fantasy for adult readers” – Seregil of Rhiminee

Praise for the award-winning Bookworm series:

“A thrilling adventure packed full of magic and memorable characters. Highly recommended.” – The Wishing Shelf Awards

Bookworm won the Adult Fiction GOLD Award in 2013

Praise for Book I of the Unwritten Words series:

“there’s something about the ancient magic and forces that is almost Lovecraftian in nature.” – Risingshadow

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About the author

Christopher Nuttall has been planning fantasy and sci-fi books since he learnt to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author he has self-published a number of novels, but this is his eleventh fantasy to be published by Elsewhen Press. The Ancient Lie continues the story of Isabella and Reginald in the next instalment of The Unwritten Words, set in the world of his bestselling Bookworm series. Chris is currently living in Edinburgh with his wife, muse, and critic Aisha and their two sons.

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Publisher
Elsewhen Press
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Published on
17 Jan 2020
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Pages
368
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ISBN
9781911409397
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
Fiction / Fantasy / General
Fiction / War & Military
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The Golden City has fallen, the Empire is no more, ancient magic threatens the land

In The Unwritten Words, Christopher Nuttall’s story-telling mastery weaves a new epic which follows on from his bestselling Bookworm series and is set in that same world. In The Promised Lie, the first book of the new series, five years have passed since the earth-shattering events of Bookworm IV.

   The Golden City has fallen. The Grand Sorcerer and Court Wizards are dead. The Empire they ruled is nothing more than a memory, a golden age lost in the civil wars as kings and princes battle for supremacy. And only a handful of trained magicians remain alive.

   Isabella Majuro, Lady Sorceress, is little more than a mercenary, fighting for money in a desperate bid to escape her past. But when Prince Reginald of Andalusia plots the invasion of the Summer Isle, Isabella finds herself dragged into a war against strange magics from before recorded history …

    … And an ancient mystery that may spell the end of the human race.


Visit bit.ly/ThePromisedLie


Praise for the award-winning Bookworm series:

 

Bookworm was winner of the GOLD Award in the Adult Fiction category of the 2013 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards.

 

“A thrilling adventure packed full of magic and memorable characters. Highly recommended.” – The Wishing Shelf Awards

 

“one of the best authors of entertaining epic fantasy” – Seregil of Rhiminee

 

“the author has woven an exciting and entertaining story of secrets, dark history, books, werewolves and magic, and knows how to keep the story on the move” – Risingshadow 

The Golden City has fallen, the Empire is no more, ancient magic threatens the land

In The Unwritten Words, Christopher Nuttall’s story-telling mastery weaves a new epic which follows on from his bestselling Bookworm series and is set in that same world. In The Promised Lie, the first book of the new series, five years have passed since the earth-shattering events of Bookworm IV.

   The Golden City has fallen. The Grand Sorcerer and Court Wizards are dead. The Empire they ruled is nothing more than a memory, a golden age lost in the civil wars as kings and princes battle for supremacy. And only a handful of trained magicians remain alive.

   Isabella Majuro, Lady Sorceress, is little more than a mercenary, fighting for money in a desperate bid to escape her past. But when Prince Reginald of Andalusia plots the invasion of the Summer Isle, Isabella finds herself dragged into a war against strange magics from before recorded history …

    … And an ancient mystery that may spell the end of the human race.


Visit bit.ly/ThePromisedLie


Praise for the award-winning Bookworm series:

 

Bookworm was winner of the GOLD Award in the Adult Fiction category of the 2013 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards.

 

“A thrilling adventure packed full of magic and memorable characters. Highly recommended.” – The Wishing Shelf Awards

 

“one of the best authors of entertaining epic fantasy” – Seregil of Rhiminee

 

“the author has woven an exciting and entertaining story of secrets, dark history, books, werewolves and magic, and knows how to keep the story on the move” – Risingshadow 

The long-dreaded war between Britain and France has finally begun.  French soldiers have landed on English soil and the British Army – and the Royal Sorcerers Corps, led by Lady Gwen – is moving to meet them.  But when an inexperienced major disobeys her orders and sends two hundred hussars to their deaths, Gwen accidentally uses her magic to permanently damage his mind and sparks a political crisis at the worst possible time.

  In the aftermath of the battle, Lord Mycroft suggests she leave Britain and head to the North American colonies, where British forces are anxiously awaiting a French offensive.  The local sorcerers have been poisoned, the local government is barely keeping the colonies under control, the slaves are mutinous and revolution against the crown is brewing.  The few locals with any known magical talent are untrained and certainly not ready for combat, but – if they can be trained in time – they may be all that stands between the colonies and defeat.

  Accompanied by Irene Adler and Raechel Slater-Standish, agents of the British Crown, Gwen heads to North America.  But it may be too late to save the colonies from a disaster that has been long in the making …


In Sons of Liberty, Gwen is sent from the relative safety of London to the colonies, where an undercurrent of revolution still abounds and intrigue and espionage are essential to keep the enemy at bay.  But who exactly is the enemy?  In the latest book in this exciting alternate history series, Christopher Nuttall expands Gwen’s horizons beyond Europe into the New World. 

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