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About Moira Katson
Moira Katson writes Fantasy and Science Fiction novels. Born and raised in the farmland of the eastern United States, she is now a transplant living in the oft-frigid wastes of the midwest, where she is learning to love hot dish, fried food on a stick, ice fishing, and the hilarious faces her friends make when she tells them about winter temperatures. ...just kidding, she has no intentions to learn how to ice fish.
Despite the fact that she had been writing since childhood, Moira majored in nice, sensible subjects in college and went on to have a nice, sensible job, all the while continuing to write about dragons, courts, and spaceships. She has since bowed to the inevitable and begun releasing her work into the world! Her first book was released in 2012, and her current projects include Rise of Aiqasal and several projects under pen name Natalie Grey!
To find out more about Moira and her upcoming works, visit her website, http://moirakatson.com, or find her on Facebook or twitter, @moirakatson! If you are a SciFi fan, she recommends that you try out The Dragon Corps (under pen name Natalie Grey) or Crucible, the first book in the Novum Trilogy. For fantasy fans, she recommends Shadowborn (the first book in the Light & Shadow series) or Bound Sorcery, the first book in her Shadows of Magic series under pen name Natalie Grey.
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Its companion series – Alt.Chronicles, The Illustrated Chronicles and Chronicle Worlds – are similarly ground-breaking in their coverage of less mainstream tropes such as alternative history and shared universes.
Created by award-winning author Samuel Peralta, and edited by some of the most-respected editors in the genre, each volume brings together work from visionary new voices and from the grandmasters of modern science fiction and fantasy.
This Future Chronicles Special Edition volume is a compendium of stories selected from the Chronicles’ standalone titles, and includes five new stories, never before published, from some of today’s best writers in speculative fiction.
New to the world of Light & Shadow? Start with Shadowborn!
It has been two years since Miriel and Catwin sought shelter in Priteni, a land they thought to be no more than legend. With Heddred far behind them, they believe they have found a safe haven at last.
But Priteni is a land of old alliances and older grudges. When an army appears on the horizon, Miriel and Catwin are thrown once more into a world of secrets and lies...
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In 'The Cyborg Chronicles', twelve of today's top speculative fiction writers explore the approaching collision of humanity and technology.
But it is not only avarice and hatred that endanger them—the prophecy made at Catwin’s birth is slowly but surely coming true, and betrayal has followed her in her escape from the court. As the shadows of war and rebellion mass, Catwin must face the fact that if she wishes to be true to herself and her alliance with Miriel, it may be she who bears the cost of saving her kingdom…
But to survive, Catwin and Miriel need power, and the search for power of their own draws them ever further into the Court and inexorably closer to the throne. Enemies surround them, ruthless and vengeful, and the only way forward is a dark path that threatens to sever them from themselves.
For it is not only enemies that are a danger to Light and Shadow now, but the weakness of their own hearts. As she protects them both, Catwin struggles against her love for Temar, the Duke’s assassin; to capture the King’s heart, Miriel must forget both her love for Wilhelm, and her passionate belief in the populist uprising. A reckoning is coming, a betrayal that has been in the making for decades, and if they are to survive, both Catwin and Miriel must be prepared to give up everything
they hold dear.
I was four hours old when I was cast out by my mother. I was cursed, she said. Kinder to let me die in the snow and the wind than let me live, only to be betrayed.
I was twelve when the Duke found me and turned me into a Shadow: bodyguard, spy, and assassin.
I was fourteen when he brought me to court. He wanted his niece on the throne, by any means possible. I was to be her weapon, wielded as she and the Duke saw fit.
But she wants more. She’s playing her own game.
And the court holds its own secrets. A war centuries in the making is ready to erupt, and we are in a race against time to keep it from consuming whole empires.
… If we survive.
Shadowborn is the first book in Moira Katson’s acclaimed Light & Shadow series, all free to read in Kindle Unlimited! Based on the intrigue and shifting loyalties of the War of the Roses and the Tudor dynasty that followed, Light & Shadow exists in a world that never was - a world of magic and prophecy….
Reva travels alone through Estala, separated from her Menti companions, and reeling from a recent betrayal. She heads to Reyalon to seek out her childhood friend, Prince Luca, but as she sets foot in the city, she is attacked. Who is hunting her? And why?
At Nesra’s Keep, Luca sits on the throne, ruling Estala with help from Princess Serena, and Brother Axil. One day a new tutor arrives, determined to teach Luca his skills with magic. But this unknown man’s motivations are unclear as he worms his way into Luca’s favour.
Meanwhile The Lord, claiming to be a god, builds his army one by one, village by village, collecting those willing to reject their king. And as his power grows, he waits patiently for the best moment to strike…
It is not easy to be a hero in the Land of Fire and Ash. Some will rise to the challenge, others will fall from grace. The games continue in book three, The Dragon Rises.
Luca has no time to right his wrongs and repair his broken relationships, The Lord has crossed the sea and taken control of Xantos. At his weakest moment, can he find his greatest strength?
As Reva moves on from Reyalon, she puts a plan in motion that could potentially change the world for the better. But it means going against her king. With Karine and the other Menti on her side, Reva could become one of the most important figures in the war to come. Or she could be arrested for treason.
Meanwhile, Sam and Carlia travel far into Xantos using their heightened dragon senses to find the last prophesised dragon. Will this new dragon be willing to fight for the greater good?
The final battle to defeat The Lord has begun, but never more have the heroes been more divided. Can they pull together to overthrow their common enemy? Or will the realm perish once and for all? Find out in the final book in the LAND OF FIRE AND ASH series.
Catwin, plucked from her life at the edge of the Kingdom, is thrust abruptly into the world of the Court when she is chosen by the Duke of Voltur to be a Shadow—spy, shield, and blade—to his niece, the Lady Miriel DeVere. The Duke’s ruthlessness is legendary, and he will stop at nothing to become the power behind the throne, using Miriel as a pawn to catch Garad’s heart.
But the Duke's carefully-laid plans are only a piece of the intrigue of the court, and greater forces than Catwin can imagine are massed against her, determined to eliminate Miriel and impose a new order of their own. If Catwin and Miriel are to survive, they must learn quickly who to trust, and when to turn their skills against the very people who have trained them...
Now, in the wake of the war between the Cornovii and the Morini, the noblewoman and her bodyguard are setting out to Innis Tearmen, to find a place they might at last call their own. Miriel will bring her fierce commitment to a social order more just than those she has known before, while Catwin brings her knowledge of warcraft and weaponry. Coming with them, Fidach is pleased to embrace his magic in a way he never has before, stepping out of the shadow of his bloodline.
But a great many people have dreams for Innis Tearmen, and not all of them include mages and Heddrians. Almost at once, Miriel's convictions spark opposition, while Fidach's magic engenders mistrust, leaving Catwin wondering if she will ever be able to live just for herself.
And Innis Tearmen has dangers beyond just the other people. The land has its own secrets...and a devastating power.
Emperor Darion II is seeking a common-born bride, and Alleyne would give anything for the chance to entice him, win even a moment alone with him …
… and kill him.
Years ago it was Darion who had her mother and father executed, and since that day, Alleyne has plotted vengeance on the man who took her family from her.
Now she has her chance.
But there’s a lot Alleyne hasn’t counted on. The court abounds with secrets and plots. Dark magic swirls, and soon she discovers that Darion’s death would touch off a devastating war.
And when Alleyne comes face to face with the emperor at last, she begins to question the desire for revenge that has become the very core of her being.
** Perfect for fans of Throne of Glass and Courtlight **