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Set in the universe of Rory Thorne, the second book in this sci-fi series follows unlikely allies who must discover the secrets of ancient ruins.

Iari is good at killing monsters. As a templar in the Aedis, a multi-species religious organization committed to protecting the Confederation, eliminating extra-dimensional horrors is her job. But after she helped stop separatists from sabotaging the entire Confederation, she discovered a new sort of monster: the rogue-arithmancer, political kind.

Promoted and sent north to the tundra of Windscar, Iari leads a team of templars to investigate ancient, subterranean ruins, which local legend claims are haunted, and which have mysterious connections to the dangerous arithmancy used by the wichu separatists. Iari isn’t worried about ghosts. She’s worried about surviving separatists and a fresh attempt to upend the Confederation.

Included in Iari’s team are Char, a decommissioned battle-mecha and newly-joined templar, and Gaer, ostensible ambassador and talented arithmancer. As they delve into the ruins, they find remnants of long-ago battles, bits of broken armor and mechas—which unexpectedly reanimate and attack. It seems there is still dangerous arithmancy in Windscar--but the source isn’t who Iari expected, and they’re far worse than the separatists….

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Format: eBook
Price: 16.99 CAD / 14.99 USD
Published: 2022-11-08
ISBN: 9780756418601
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Praise for Nightwatch on the Hinterlands

"Nightwatch is a book that, in less capable hands, might collapse under its own inventive worldbuilding. But Eason pulls it off, thanks to perfect pacing and the delightfully colorful duo at its core. Splendid stuff!" —Jason M. Hough, New York Times bestselling author

“Eason rips open the barrier between science fiction and fantasy to create an action-packed mystery with a distinctive voice, intriguing characters, and incredible worldbuilding.” —Jim C. Hines, author of Terminal Alliance

"Interstellar intrigue, nightmares from the void, killer robots, and the magic of arithmancy. Nightwatch on the Hinterlands is a perfect blending of sci-fi and fantasy with a pair of the most unlikely and enjoyable detectives you'll ever meet." —Stephen Blackmoore, author of the Eric Carter novels

“Readers seeking a genre-blending tale will enjoy Eason’s no-nonsense tone as she sets the plot of a thriller within her established world of science fiction and fantasy.” —Booklist

"Eason has a real talent for building engrossing and intricate worlds that feel both whimsical and real at the same time." —The Quill to Live

Praise for K. Eason and the Rory Thorne universe

“Fun and feminist, unique and stylish, with a heroine who'll steal your heart. If fairy tales and space opera had a clever baby with a big vocabulary and a rebellious streak, this would be it.” —Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times-bestselling author of Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire

"This is big, imaginative space opera at its best. Filled with complex characters and twisty politics, Rory Thorne is an awesome ride." —Michael Mammay, author of Planetside

"Rory Thorne raises the bar for self-rescuing princesses everywhere. This clever fusion of unforgiving fairy tale and fanciful space opera destroyed me emotionally in all the best ways." —Curtis C. Chen, author of Waypoint Kangaroo

"Readers will be clamoring for the second installment before Chapter One is over. Told with just enough editorializing from a Dickensian narrator, this story delights from cover to cover. The political intrigue never fails to surprise, each character is layered and compelling, and there’s a perfect balance between science-fiction action and fairy-tale fantasy. Do not, under any circumstances, miss out on this." —Kirkus (starred review)

"Eason adds a feminist modern twist to fairy tale and sf tropes while presenting an intergalactic adventure that enthralls in its own right, striking that ideal balance between original and familiar.... A delightful start to what promises to be a smart, unique series." —Booklist (starred review)

"Beautifully layered, endlessly entertaining....  Using a mixture of hacking skills and hexes, political maneuvering, martial arts, and flirting, Rory manages to destroy the multiverse and control her own fate. How she gets there is a journey well worth the read. Exquisitely written with complex characters, sardonic wit, and immersive worldbuilding. Highly recommended." —Library Journal (starred review)

"Joyfully, delightfully amazing.... Definitely one of my favorite books of the year thus far." —The Roarbots

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