Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 7, 2017
Author D J Butler is a talented storyteller, which is the important part here. He’s also a lawyer, a corporate trainer, a scholar, and a very tall fellow with an epic mustache. I think the latter is where he gets his super-powers, like if Samson was played by Tom Selleck. Just saying. But I ought to get back to the point.
Witchy Eye is his first novel published through Baen. I haven’t read it yet–I’m waiting for my pre-ordered copy to arrive–but the buzz I’ve heard is that it’s excellent. It’s “Flintlock Fantasy” set in alternate history Appalachian territory, with magic based on regional folklore of the era. THIS IS SO AWESOME!
“Sarah Calhoun is the fifteen-year-old daughter of the Elector Andrew Calhoun, one of Appalachee’s military heroes and one of the electors who gets to decide who will next ascend as the Emperor of the New World. None of that matters to Sarah. She has a natural talent for hexing and one bad eye, and all she wants is to be left alone—especially by outsiders.
But Sarah’s world gets turned on its head at the Nashville Tobacco Fair when a Yankee wizard-priest tries to kidnap her. Sarah fights back with the aid of a mysterious monk named Thalanes, who is one of the not-quite-human Firstborn, the Moundbuilders of the Ohio. It is Thalanes who reveals to Sarah a secret heritage she never dreamed could be hers.
Now on a desperate quest with Thalanes to claim this heritage, she is hunted by the Emperor’s bodyguard of elite dragoons, as well as by darker things—shapeshifting Mockers and undead Lazars, and behind them a power more sinister still. If Sarah cannot claim her heritage, it may mean the end to her, her family—and to the world where she is just beginning to find her place.”
Today is the “book bomb” to try and move it up the charts. If you are so inclined, you can check it out now at Amazon, or direct from Baen if you’d prefer, or on iBooks:
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