Children of the Shaman, the first book in my shamanworld series, is available from award-winning small press Grimbold Books, through their Kristell Ink imprint.
Originally published by Orbit in 2001, the novel is the first in a series set in the fictional world of Mir, where magic and steam-based technology are found working side by side.
It 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 sometimes frightening shamanic powers.
With her mother dead and her aunt in hospital, Annat has to travel to the far north with her father Yuda Vasilyevich, a shaman more famous for his fighting powers and his unconventional sexuality than his parenting skills.
Annat has to protect her elder brother Malchik, a shy, clumsy boy more interested in reading and bird-watching than fighting, and a considerable disappointment to their intolerant father.
But when they reach the northern station, they find there is much more at stake than any of them imagined. This is anything but a quiet posting to the country. When Malchik disappears, Annat and her father will have to enter the underworld in search of him – using a steam locomotive for the journey.
The shamans’ adventures continue in The Glass Mountain, Malarat and the never-before-published Winterbloom.
Kristell Ink Publishing is bringing out The Glass Mountain in July, followed by Malarat in early 2019, and Winterbloom soon after. Watch my blog for more updates…