Children of the Shaman: tales of the shaman-world

Rose, rose, always a rose;

In the beginning it began to grow.

Grew before time, between the stones;

Give me a penny for my pretty rose.

The Rose Poem, J Rydill

The Girl from the Sea

Children of the Shaman

The Glass Mountain

Malarat

Winterbloom

Tunguska

by Jessica Rydill

The Girl from the Sea

Girl from the Sea cover
The Girl from the Sea

Available now: The Girl from the Sea with new cover art by Greta Paliulyte

When Aude steps out of the sea, she changes three lives; her own and that of a twin brother and sister born under a curse.

Exiled from her northern home, Aude is a Doxan, follower of the Mother Goddess; Yuste and Yuda are Wanderers, from a tribe the Goddess cursed to live without a homeland until the return of her Son. But they are also shamans, with remarkable powers that will blossom when they come of age.

Together, the children must face defeat an ancient evil that haunts a city under the waves. But enemies closer to home must be faced first; can Yuda learn to control his powers, and his anger, before it is too late?


Children of the Shaman

Children of the Shaman
Children of the Shaman

Young Annat is doubly cursed: an outcast Wanderer and a Shaman, born with uncanny powers. She has no wish to meet the father she never knew. But Yuda is also a powerful Shaman, whose powers can heal – and kill. When Annat’s brother vanishes, she must go with Yuda into a perilous underworld, where she will learn how to use magic – if she survives.


The Glass Mountain

Glass Mountain
The Glass Mountain

As crows return to the skies over Masalyar, dark magic is at work.
A Magus has raised an old enemy from the dead, and an army is marching on Masalyar. But before Annat can raise the alarm, she is taken captive to the Glass Mountain, the Magus’s stronghold east of the mountains.
An unlikely alliance sets out to rescue her and stop the invaders: her aunt Yuste, who lost her powers in childhood, a burnt-out shaman-detective, and two renegade knights.
Yuste may be the only one who can save her family – and her country. But in the forests of the North, she will confront her true self, her twin brother – and the wolves.


Malarat

Malarat
Malarat

The shamans of Masalyar face a new threat: the Duc de Malarat and his ally, Valdes de Siccaria, Inquisitor of the Domini Canes, who plans to kill them all.
But behind Siccaria is a madman with a strange obsession, who wants to conquer Heaven itself on behalf of the Empire of Anglond and its Queen.
Annat finds herself caught up in a war fought across time and space that will tear her family apart and change her life – and her world – for ever.


Winterbloom

Winterbloom
Winterbloom

Sophie Vasilyevich is a teenager growing up in Anglond, the child of exiles. Sometimes grass springs up where she walks, and her future holds an unusual fate: she is going to be kidnapped when she is sixteen, and no one can stop it.
Taken between worlds to the city of Bath in 1920’s England, Sophie meets a young man called James Carnwallis, once a pilot in the Great War. But even as she falls in love, she learns more about the forces at work – and her fate in their plans.
As an alliance of shamans, ghosts and gods assembles in a desperate attempt to recover Sophie and prevent the destruction of their worlds, they find that their only hope may lie in Sophie’s gift, and in the Greenwood: a power older than time itself.


Tunguska

Coming soon: Tunguska, the next book in the Shaman series.

When Annat gives birth to her first child, nothing goes according to plan…

When young shaman Annat Vasilyevich gives birth to her first child, she should be filled with joy. But Oscar is the son of two shamans – a shaman squared. Very quickly Annat learns that all is not well with her infant son, who seems to have the mind of an older man. With her beloved wife Eugenie de Bouget, she sets out on a long journey to find out what is wrong with Oscar. On that journey she will travel to the Greenwood, to Inde, home of the Masters of Shamanism – and finally to Sibir and the boreal forests in the far north of Sklava. Someone wants to steal Oscar and use him for their own ends; and Annat comes face to face with her nemesis as she fights for her son against an unknown Magus and the imperial might of the Staryetz of Sklava.


About the Shaman series

The Shaman series is set in the fictional world of Mir, where magic and steam-based technology are found side by side.

The first book, Children of the Shaman, tells the story of young shaman Annat Vasilyevich as she struggles to come to terms with her dysfunctional family, her heritage as an outcast Wanderer, and her frightening shamanic powers. 

Published by British Fantasy Award-winning small press Grimbold Books, Children of the Shaman is the first in a series; the current sequels are The Glass Mountain, Malarat and Winterbloom. All four books have cover art by award-winning artist Daniele Serra, and Children of the Shaman has internal illustrations by Evelinn Enoksen.

Prequel The Girl from the Sea was published by Midford Books in 2019 and is waiting for us to upload its wonderful new cover design by Greta Paliulyte. Tunguska, the fifth book in the series, is in preparation.




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