The Nick Teller Series
Urban, Modern, Dark Fantasy
Bad Luck Hunting
(PREQUEL SHORT STORY)
Twelve years before the events of Rogue Arcanist, Nick Teller is just a fifteen year old kid. Except he's a fifteen year old kid who's also an arcanist, and he's been sent into London to hunt something not from this world. Things can't get any worse. Oh, wait... yes they can.
You don’t know who you are until you’re threatened.
Arcanists are born with the ability to manipulate reality with their spellcraft, their existence a closely guarded secret; they're among the most dangerous people on the planet, and rogues some of the worst.
Nick Teller isn’t a rogue arcanist by choice; he’d been born to it. But he understands the death sentence that carries if the totalitarian Society of Arcanists ever find him. That’s why he left that life to become a lecturer at King’s College London. Staying hidden, staying safe.
But nothing lasts forever.
When Nick interrupts the ritual murder of a student at the hands of another rogue, he finds himself fighting to keep his head firmly attached to his shoulders, not to mention protect the life he’s built. With the Society’s Blackcloak enforcers on the prowl, Nick knows he has to stay one step ahead of them, the London Metropolitan Police and the homicidal rogue.
But when that rogue’s plans involve something lurking beyond our reality, in the black vastness of Elsewhere, Nick might just find himself out of his league. He’ll need all of his spells, skill and wit to make it out alive, but at what cost? Nick will have to ask himself just how far he's willing to go to survive.
(Available in paperback, on Kindle, and on Kindle Unlimited)
Publication: June 2019
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Some debts can get you killed.
Nick Teller has spent his entire adult life hiding from other arcanists, living in fear of the ruthless Society of Arcanists and other rogues alike. He’s strived to build a quiet life for himself as a lecturer at King’s College London, softening the edges of his upbringing, but when the Prime of the Society calls in a debt, Nick is dragged back into that world he’s tried so hard to leave behind.
Prime Ascrid orders Nick to infiltrate an exclusive auction reserved for the most dangerous rogue arcanists in the world, where the prize is worth killing for and the bidding can be lethal. Nick will need to sharpen his edges and stay two steps ahead of the competition if he’s going to get his hands on the prize.
But with the Prime’s Járngrimr bodyguard watching his every move, a game-obsessed godling running the auction, and rogues circling like sharks, it’s going to take everything Nick has just to survive.
In a world of rogues, where every face hides an agenda and every smile a knife, Nick knows that the slightest misstep could get him killed, and that often the deadliest knife is the one you don’t see coming.