It is with pleasure that we can can announce the release of the first two volumes of New Zealand author Paul Mannering’s Drakeforth series, Engines of Empathy, and Pisces of Fate. These two fantasy books were out of print and we are pleased to have acquired rights, and in November 2018 we will release the third book, Time of Breath, which will be original. And more will come. Also, this is the first time Paul’s Drakeforth short story, Uncertainty of Goats, is included in the novel series, added at the end of Pisces of Fate.
These two books are now available in Australia and New Zealand in print format (bricks and mortar as well as online), and worldwide in ebook formats very soon. North American distribution is available over coming months.
Booktopia: Engines of Empathy, Pisces of Fate
The covers were rendered by the very talented Luke Spooner.
Charlotte Pudding, computer psychologist and recent orphan, is not precisely thrilled with her lot in life (and not just because of the ‘orphan’ bit).
Nevertheless, having her routine disrupted by a shadowy corporation, a man who claims to be a retired god, and the secrets of her own family history isn’t a walk in the park, either.
Charlotte’s quest for answers will lead her on a perilous journey into a religion based on quantum physics, a hunt for unexpectedly rare plant oil, and a fight to the shame against a black-belt in sarcasm.
In a world that runs on peace and harmony, Charlotte is about to discover just how far some people are prepared to go to maintain tranquillity.
All is not as it seems in the tranquil waters of the Aardvark Archipelago…
After the death of his parents, Ascott Pudding ran away to the ends of the Earth–that is, to the Aardvark Archipelago, which is basically the same thing. But these tropical waters hold more than just fish, and Ascott soon finds himself in the grip of an ancient mystery…and an extremely violent invertebrate.
With the help of his best friend, Shoal, and an artistically temperamental parrot, Ascott will face down a homicidal octopus, an extreme whale-based sporting event, and several varieties of pirate. Above all, though, they must unravel the ancient mystery of a treasure beyond imagining: the Pisces of Fate.
Contains a bonus short Drakeforth short story, Uncertainty of Goats.