shamansland – the writing of Jessica Rydill

Mir – the shaman world. A growing series of fantasy books “set in a world both familiar and fantastical”

Children of the Shaman

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 An ancient power returns.

A world is trapped in time and snow.

The only hope: a young outcast.

In the remote interior of Lefranu someone – or something – has been killing railway workers. Driving a tunnel under the forest, they have started to die, horribly. Yuda Vasilyevich, a shaman, is sent to investigate.

Yuda brings with him the teenage children he deserted when they were small: spikey Annat, a shaman like her father, and bookish Malchik, who has not forgotten his father’s mistreatment of their mother.

When Malchik is drawn into the underworld, Yuda and Annat set out to find him; so begins a perilous journey into a world of ice, with danger ahead and an implacable enemy behind them. Only they can solve the mystery and defeat the power of the Cold One.

Amazon Editorial Reviews:

From Booklist
“*Starred Review* Annat and Malchik are Wanderer children. Raised in their aunt’s sheltered home among the Doxoi, a Christian-like people who hate and fear Wanderers, they are now to spend six months traveling with their father, the powerful shaman Yuda, to the frozen northlands, where a tunnel is underway beneath the Forest of Ademar to the unknown regions beyond. Yuda’s stated mission is one of healing, but secretly he is to investigate a series of murders that threatens the tunnel’s completion. Annat has inherited shamanic talent that she is excited about expanding with her father’s help, but the scholarly Malchik prefers reading about adventure to living it. Within a day of arrival with their father, however, the children are thrown into a world of pure evil, wild magic, and interdimensional shamanic travel. The world of this wonderful story is a blend of familiar elements: languages are satisfyingly almost French and almost Slavic; religions are akin to Judaism and Christianity. Spirited, fiercely individualistic Yuda is the most fascinating character. Relationships are complex and realistic. Answers aren’t easy, and endings aren’t tritely happy, though the promise of light and redemption lies shrouded by the tale’s heady dark mystery. Garnishing this refreshing fantasy is Rydill’s writing, which holds a slightly foreign tone appropriate to the setting yet remains relaxed and easy. A red-letter debut! Paula Luedtke
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‘Haunting and elegant, this is a masterful first novel. An enchanting story blessed with genuine magic’ David Gemmell

‘A very accomplished debut’ Starburst

‘A vividly imagined world’ LOCUS

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The Glass Mountain

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A corrupt Magus;

A plan to raise the dead;

Who will free the prisoners from the Glass Mountain?

When crows return to the skies over Masalyar, young shaman Annat knows it is a bad omen. A rogue shaman from the mighty Sklavan Empire is on the loose, and he carries a whole world trapped in a suitcase.

He plans to lure Annat and her student brother Malchik to his lair in the Glass Mountain. There he will steal their souls and use them to resurrect an old enemy.

As an army marches on their homeland, Annat and her brother need to escape and warn their allies. Their only hope is their aunt, Yuste, but she lost her powers years ago.

Yuste sets out on the long journey to the mountain with a few faithful companions. But in the forests of the North she must first confront her true self, her twin brother – and the wolves.

Amazon Editorial Reviews:

‘A rewarding and enjoyable read’ — SFX

‘A well-written and fluid fantasy story that grips the reader until the very end’ — ETERNAL NIGHT

‘an absorbing read’ — STARBURST

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Malarat

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A demon conjured from ancient lore.

A priest who hides a shameful secret.

A madman who is also a god.

The mediaeval Duc de Malarat wants to reunite the divided Kingdom of Lefranu and rule through a puppet king. But first he must subdue the free cities of the South, with their steam engines and magic.

When they send an alliance of shamans against him, they learn that he has a secret weapon – the Spider – wielded by a band of fanatical warrior monks.

Pure iron can cripple and kill any shaman; soon the powerful Yuda Vasilyevich, Huldis Sorel, his wise and beautiful apprentice, his fiery daughter Annat and their allies find themselves facing the worst danger they have ever known.

Everything they love, their lives and their world are at stake; not everyone will survive the struggle that follows, and the dead will decide its outcome.

Review of Malarat by Donald Crankshaw at Black Gate.

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Winterbloom

Book 4 of the Mir: shamanworld series: a tale of maps and stones.

Winterbloom is still a work in progress. It takes up the story about three months after the end of Malarat, and introduces several new characters and a couple of new worlds: Midgarth and Earth.

In this story, a bunch of time-travelling immortals from Earth set out to steal the magic from the other two worlds of the Triquetra – a trio of worlds that have much in common, as well as certain startling differences.

An alliance is formed to stop the immortals, and former enemies find themselves fighting on the same side to save not only Mir and Midgarth but Earth itself from a nasty fate.

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