The Ferryman and The Sea Witch

The lastest book to enter the fold: The Ferryman and the Sea Witch is available on Amazon: kindle or paperback.

The merrow rule the sea. Slender creatures, fair of face, with silver scales and the graceful tails of angelfish. Caught in a Brid Clarion net, the daughter of the sea witch perishes in the sunlit air.

The queen of the sea bares her sharp teeth and, in a fury of wind and waves, cleanses the brine of ships and men. But she spares a boy for his single act of kindness. Callum becomes the Ferryman, and until Brid Clarion pays its debt with royal blood, only his sails may cross the Deep.

Two warring nations, separated by the merrow’s trench, trade infant hostages in a commitment to peace. Now, the time has come for the heirs to return home. The Ferryman alone can undertake the exchange.

Yet, animosities are far from assuaged. While Brid Clarion’s islands bask in prosperity, Haf Killick, a floating city of derelict ships, rots and rusts and sinks into the reefs. Its ruler has other designs.

And the sea witch crafts dark bargains with all sides.

Callum is caught in the breach, with a long-held bargain of his own which, once discovered, will shatter this life.

Early Reviews:

“The world building of this novel is simply fabulous. Although we only see a tiny portion of the world, what we do see has such depth of detail—culture, ecology, commerce, survival, and politics blend and clash in all the right places to make the cities and their inhabitants so real you have no doubt they could exist. The merrow are a fantastic concept: beautiful, alien, and mysterious, and yet also totally believable.”

-Deborah Jay, author of the Five Kingdoms series.

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“This sea adventure is a real page-turner. Reading about Callum’s life since his impulsive act of generosity, I was reminded of the saying, ‘No good deed goes unpunished.’ as poor Cal’s punishment seems to go on and on… I liked that though he is one of the good guys, he is on the spikier and darker side of that line. And that the ongoing price has worn grooves into his soul. But despite this being in many ways a classic swashbuckling adventure, all the characters are complex and nuanced, giving the story extra heft as I really cared about most of them. And those who I didn’t like – I really loved to hate.”

-S.J. Higbee, author of the Sunblinded Trilogy

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“The story is original and gripped me right from the start. The fantasy setting is utterly believable: well-described with splendid attention to detail, giving the reader a real sense of place. The plot has plenty of surprises and the action is fast-moving with real heart-in-the-mouth moments, some of which actually made me gasp out loud.”

– Chris Hall, author of Song of the Sea Goddess

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Enjoy the Adventure and Happy Reading