Today I’m going to introduce you to Master of Restless Shadows by Ginn Hale. There’s a giveaway and an excerpt, but first: a little bit about the book.
Publisher: Blind Eye Books
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Length: 401 pages
Cover artist: Zaya Feli
Themes and genres: Epic/High Fantasy, Romance, LGBTQ, gay, magic, witches, assassins
Freshly graduated Master Physician Narsi Lif-Tahm has left his home in Anacleto and journeyed to the imposing royal capitol of Cieloalta intent upon keeping the youthful oath he made to a troubled writer. But in the decade since Narsi gave his pledge, Atreau Vediya, has grown from an anonymous delinquent to a man renowned for penning bawdy operas and engaging in scandalous affairs.
What Narsi―and most of the larger world―cannot know is the secret role Atreau plays as spymaster for the Duke of Rauma.
After the Cadeleonian royal bishop launches an unprovoked attack against the witches in neighboring Labara, Atreau will require every resource he can lay his hands upon to avert a war. A physician is exactly what he needs. But with a relentless assassin hunting the city and ancient magic waking, Atreau fears that his actions could cost more than his own honor. The price of peace could be his friends’ lives.
Atreau considered his own hand. A hazel-eyed page gazed out from the field of scarlet hearts with a coy smile, while a dour king behind him held his sword high. Atreau folded the hand and returned the cards to the deck.
Then his attention returned to the Haldiim translation of his memoir and he fell into ruminating over the tall, dark young man who’d offered it to him. Atreau wondered if it had been his imagination or if the other man truly had held his gaze a moment too long to be a stranger. And then he remembered the silver ring that had adorned the man’s right hand.
They needed a physician, and now fortune favored them with one. Was that too much of a coincidence to trust or too perfect of an opportunity to miss? Atreau shuffled his deck of cards twice and then drew from the bottom. The page smiled at him and Atreau decided on his answer.
“What on earth are you so pleased about all of a sudden?” Sabella asked.
“Nothing yet.” Atreau drank a little more of his wine. He would need to charm the physician and get Fedeles’s imprimatur—but it could work. “Perhaps the beginning of something, soon.”
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Ginn Hale lives with her lovely wife in the Pacific Northwest. She spends the many cloudy days observing plants and fungi. She whiles away the rainy evenings writing fantasy and science-fiction featuring LGBTQ protagonists. Her first novel, Wicked Gentlemen, won the Spectrum Award for best novel. She is also a Lambda Literary Award finalist and Rainbow Award winner.
Her most recent publications include the Lord of the White Hell, Champion of the Scarlet Wolf and The Rifter Trilogy: The Shattered Gates, The Holy Road, His Sacred Bones.