THE HIDDEN NECROMANCER
The Hidden Necromancer, #1
THE UNBLESSED DEAD
When I was younger, my mother saved my settlement from the Unblessed Dead that would have killed us all. It cost her everything to reveal her necromancy and sent shockwaves through our stringent religious settlement. Convicted of heresy against our sacred Lost Texts, she died soon after.
Since then, I have worked hard to maintain my Pious Standing so that when I turn eighteen I will be selected by a suitable husband at the Bridal Auction.
As the large clock in the town square ticks down to my eighteenth birthday, the dead have been appearing in my garden. If I’m discovered, I’ll face the Necromancer Trial just as my mother, oldest sister, and I did all those years ago. This time I fear I will not survive it.
To add to my worries, an enigmatic handsome young man has arrived in the settlement. Around him swirls a green aura only I can see. Is he here to help me? Or does he have more nefarious plans?
My name is Ilyse Nott, and I fear I am a necromancer.
If I am, my life is over.
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Though I’ve been exonerated through the Necromancer Trial, there are those who are convinced that I am a devil-woman who should be exiled, or worse, killed.
I’m trapped by the Laws of the Lost Texts. I can’t simply buy a ticket to the train and leave. I have to endure the Bridal Auction and hope my newfound friend, Quade, will be able to purchase my hand in marriage. If he fails his bid, I will be married off to one of the Crats. I’d rather be declared Unclaimed and condemned to a life of servitude to the community.
All the while, the secret necromancer lurks in the shadows threatening to upturn my life and expose my true nature.
To finally have control over my own life, I may have to take the ultimate risk and escape over the wall into the Deadlands.
The Hidden Necromancer, #2
THE ACCUSED DEAD
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I have escaped the Atonement Settlement, the rule of the Elders, and the cruel doctrines that took the life of my mother and almost condemned me to death. I have abandoned my former way of life, and now question the religion that ruled over me.
But freedom is not all I imagined it to be.
There is great danger in the Deadlands. High fences keep the high-tech trains safe, and even higher walls protect the settlements from the hordes of the Unblessed Dead roaming the untamed land. Yet, just like in the Atonement Settlement, humans are just as much a threat. Marauders terrorize settlements while a new religion is murdering suspected necromancers.
I have no choice but to go to the Chantry and study to become a Necromancer Cleric. It is my only hope to one day save my younger sister, Carrie, from the Atonement Settlement.
But when I am forced to reveal the full force of my necromancy, I soon realize that the human threat against my freedom may destroy all my hopes for the future.