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Kraken's Honor was first published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies a few years ago. For its own reason, a kraken saves a prince and his companion bard from an icy shipwreck and escorts them home to the kingdom where both of them have unfinished business with the ruler who has wronged them all.

"I like the way the prose evokes the icy sea and the accursed kingdom:
On a night when the sky blazed and trembled with colors twining into a dance of ghosts across the northern rim, we came at last in sight of the Ice Tower rising sheer from its cliff above the sea. It glittered even in the dark, catching color from the sky, now green, now sapphire blue, now rose and gold and purple and white. I looked at it with loathing."

The Internet Review of Science Fiction (IRSF)

The Wrath of God,
the fourth book of the Fate's Arrow series, is coming September 6, 2016. Sign up for the Sneak Peeks newsletter for an exclusive advance look inside.

Alarion Aravon is eagerly awaiting his royal brother Traven's wedding, for it will be followed closely by his own. Meantime, rumors that his old enemy Stoneshaker, god of earthquakes, may be reviving down in the province of An-Utah trouble him enough to investigate, only to find an earthquake of a different kind awaiting him. Neither the fanatical tribes across the border nor his old friend, the Glassmaker, have forgotten their quest to make him their Messiah—the man who will lead the holy war against Alarion’s own people.


Book 3 of Fate's Arrow finds Alarion recovered from his quest in the desert but facing a new challenge: girls. It is time for his brother, Traven, to choose a queen, and the three candidates each have their virtues...and their drawbacks. A royal comedy overlays a much deadlier business, for one of the losers takes it poorly, and Alarion discovers, to his consternation, that he is in love with one of the others. As if that were not enough, he must investigate the mysterious disappearance of his closest friend, and the new and disturbing tendency of the tribes to wear coins sporting his likeness. And through it all, Fate and Seev and the Thousandth God are not done pursuing their own plans for him...


"The emotional intensity of this story will carry you along with it... An excellent book, with emotional depth, characters you will love (and in some cases hate!), and an intriguing plot. I highly recommend it."

Dr. Willoughby Thorne always wanted to work for the Smithsonian. Instead, he ended up the curator of the Museum of the Arcane, master (more or less) of three public floors and 772 vaults full of restless artifacts imbued with their own ideas of their place in history. Endowed with the accumulated might of the artifacts themselves, it is his job to keep them in line—and in their cases. Some can wreak disaster even by being good. 

Aided by a museum staff that could kindly be called eccentric, Will fights to keep the objects from corrupting an unsuspecting public...even when the museum has other ideas!

"I didn't want this to end, and you won't either."

"I tried to stretch this out, only two stories a day, but even then, it only lasts so long. I'm looking forward to the second reading, but treat yourself to the first run-through."

Book 2 of Fate's Arrow takes up mere days after the action in The Mask of God. Fate's arrow has touched Alarion, setting the fearsome scar of what should have been a mortal wound on his chest. Now well snared in the machinations of the god Stoneshaker, he refuses a future shaped by either of them and rides back into Nemistak to learn why the One God of the tribes has survived 300 years of exile.

As he searches for a way to alter the future Fate has planned for him, she fends off the ambitions of her fellow gods. But none of them has reckoned with the wild, ungovernable Thousandth God and his fearsome dice...

"...an interesting read... Bolich artfully creates the world and reveals the doubts many have of religion through the eyes of a young man... rich in imagery and depth."

Bookie Monster

In Book 4 of The Masters of the Elements, Athuun ak’Kal discovers that he has accidentally awakened Earth Mother in his attempt to help Jetta ak'Kal and her company master the Ancient at the headwaters of the River Melth.

Hoping to learn how to control his talent, he accompanies his new companions as they head home to Annam Vale. But in Annam, he finds that the only answers are to be found deep under the mountains, the one place he swore he would never go again. But go he must, seeking to close the Ancient’s cage before the Mother closes it herself—by shaking the world apart.

"Delver starts quietly and builds steadily into a gut-wrenching climax involving all the characters you've come to love and ending the series perfectly."


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In Heaven's Shadow by S. A. Bolich

Fate's Arrow

The Mask of God by S. A. Bolich

The Mark of God by S. A. Bolich

The Heart of God by S. A. Bolich

Masters of the Elements

Firedancer by S. A. Bolich

Windrider by S. A. Bolich

Seaborn by S. A. Bolich

Delver by S. A. Bolich

 Out of the Vaults by S. A. Bolich

The Mystical Cat

Gears and Levers 1

Wolfsongs 2

Defending the Future IV: No Man's Land

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