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4 December 2012

Book Launch: Gown of Shadow and Flame by A.E. Marling

"Sometimes evil has to be the hero."

Her brother throws the first stone. Her family tries to kill her, but Celaise chooses to live, even if it means leaving humanity behind.

She weaves a gown from strands of night and despair. The forbidden magic protects her. It isolates her, and it binds her to a three-headed overlord.

Her lord commands Celaise to save lives, on pain of death. She rescues Jerani, a warrior adorned by a sunburst of scars from a tribal ritual. Jerani fights to defend his family and their sacred cows from crystal-eyed monsters roaming the savanna. He learns to rely on Celaise's magic, she on his strength.

Jerani thinks her divine, a volcano goddess. Celaise dares not confide in him. Engulfing the throngs of beasts in the inferno of her dress will loose her magic's hunger. Then the greatest threat to Jerani and everyone else she has come to care for will be herself.

Discover Gown of Shadow and Flame on Amazon  

Alan Marling says his best writing ideas pounce on him when he would rather be sleeping, thanks to insomnia. His current lair is in the shadow of San Francisco, and his thoughts touch ground there between flights.

Learn more about his other work at his blog, The Importance of the Impossible and find him on twitter @AEMarling  


  1. Thank you for posting this. May imagination ever light your way.

  2. Insomnia an evil foe of mine. I am jealous you have lassoed it into such creativity. I am thrilled to have found this blog!


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